The Pros and Cons of Adding Gutter Guards

Anyone who has spent a lot of time cleaning leaves, seeds, and other debris from their gutters has likely wondered if maybe adding gutter guards might be a wise decision. While these gutter add-ons do help to decrease clogs in your gutters, they are not completely foolproof and are sometimes accompanied by disadvantages.

You can learn more about the pros and cons of your options by reading a great article posted by the Fun Times Guide entitled, Before You Buy Gutter Guards, Review These Pros & Cons Of Installing Gutter Covers. It provides a lot of information that you may find useful when you are making your decision.

It begins with a list and an explanation of the different types of gutter guards, including:

  • Mesh gutter guards: Theses metal mesh sheets attach to the roof and cover the gutters
  • Reverse curve gutter guards: These allow water to fall into the gutters while forcing other debris to the ground
  • Bottle brush gutter guards: These sit inside the gutter and have bristles facing upward that hold debris while the water flows beneath
  • Nylon gutter guards: These prevent debris from falling into your gutter and also prevent snow and ice buildup on top.
  • Foam gutter guards: Plastic foam sits in the gutters and blocks debris

The article then goes on to list many of the pros and cons of using these . Among the pros are:

  • They can be added to existing gutters
  • They will make your gutters last longer
  • They reduce, though do not eliminate, the need for gutter maintenance

And among the cons are:

  • They can be expensive  and they are not foolproof
  • They add weight to your gutters and can cause then to sag
  • Tree seeds can get stuck in the gutter guard slots and trees can actually begin to grow in your gutter

To read the rest of the pros and cons and to get more information, be sure to read the full article here.

Whether or not you choose to install gutter guards, it is important that you keep your. If you need new gutters or you are looking to have gutter guards installed on your current gutters, you can call the professionals at Baltic Home Improvements for assistance. We have been serving homeowners in the Chicagoland areas since 2004 and we look forward to adding you to our list of satisfied clients. Contact us today to learn more.

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