As the seasons change, a frequent sight is people on their ladders cleaning their gutters. While a gutter’s benefit is immeasurable—protecting the house from water—its cleaning can be less than desirable. Homeowners may consider getting gutter guards, which often provide numerous hassle-free benefits.
The greatest benefit of this kind of system is that it helps prevent leaves and debris from blocking rain flow. This can significantly reduce the amount of time a homeowner has to spend on their roof or a ladder. Homeowners typically only need to clean out their gutters every couple years instead of twice a year.
Besides not having to get on the roof to clean, they can help reduce the potential for clogs, which may result in overflow down the home. These can lead to leaks in the basement and other rooms, which can create an environment for mold and mildew to grow. It can also impact a home’s foundation.
Since gutter guards are typically mesh, vinyl or aluminum sheets placed over the gutters, it keeps out more than just leaves. It may deter birds, insects and small rodents from making a nest. Their design typically results in minimal standing water, which mosquitos love.
Longevity is another potential benefit. No standing water can help the gutters age better and reduce rusting. While adding them does have an associated price tag, they often can help the drainage system last significantly longer. This could mean significant long-term savings. In the winter, proper draining can help eliminate a leak from freezing and causing damage.
For homeowners in areas frequently battling wildfires, these guards can help protect the home. Dry leaves and other material can ignite easily. This extra layers keeps material from settling, giving a floating ember nowhere to grow.
Like any purchase, the decision to install gutter guards requires research. Luckily, there are many professionals who can help a homeowner decide if it is right for their home.
Any kind of home renovation is an investment, both in terms of money and time. When choosing which contractor should complete windows and door replacement, it’s important to take the time to ensure the right choice is made. Even if the highest quality replacements are chosen, their correct installation is essential to functioning correctly.
A low bid might mean low quality. This kind of renovation is an expensive, long-term investment. It can be even more costly if it is not done right. Thorough research should be done to ensure a true professional expert is hired. It’s important to contact at least three contractors for consultation. Be sure to verify each is an established, insured company.
A good contractor listens to their customer and is open to answering questions. A windows and door replacement professional should have no problem explaining their process, sharing their work stats, or providing licensing certificates, references or proof of insurance. They should also be willing to provide a written proposal that outlines every aspect of the project. If the initial meeting results in confusion, it may be a red flag that they are not the right fit.
Every homeowner has different needs and a different budget. Many contractors sell only certain brands or initially push stock that is the most expensive. A trustworthy expert will understand individual needs and work with the homeowner. If purchasing replacements through them, be sure to gain a solid understanding of the associated warranties and details of the products selected.
Upgrading windows and doors not only better insulates a home but also adds to its aesthetics. A good contractor should take the time to understand the nuances of a home and offer suggestions on what might work best.
Homeowners make important, long-lasting decisions when it comes to windows and door replacement. That same thoughtful process, along with the above tips, can help make it a little easier.