If you’ve just gone to the mailbox lately you’ve might seen a few or a lot of ads on gutter cover or guard installation services offered. Especially during the fall season, many advertise these services for homeowners. So, what is gutter or guard cover? Well, in simple terms they are covers or meshes which are able to filter out leaves and other large debris preventing these items to fall on your rain gutters. The question now is it necessary?
Before we answer this query, we all know that cleaning gutters is essential. Particles or debris such as leaves, sediment, pine needles and twigs are usual items that can block or damage gutters and downspouts. If the accumulations of these items are neglected there is a great chance of deterioration of property and therefore means spending big bucks on repair and replacement comes next.
It looks a great thought to save the gutters from clogging with the use of gutter guards or covers offered by these companies and one has not to take the pain of cleaning the gutters but when it comes to costs these are too expensive like from $1500 to $2000 as compared to gutter cleaning by professionals which costs only $250 on average.
If you get your gutters cleaned by an expert cleaner it will cost you $175 to $275 per annum and if it is repeated twice it would sum up to $500 as compared to $2000 spent on the purchase of guard covers.
One aspect not acceptable to most homeowners is that these guard covers are too expensive. Gutter Helmet is probably the best brand in the market which costs from $18 to $20 per foot and is quite expensive for many.
Gutter guards are certainly not able to filter out small obstructions which can be a cause of blockage in the gutters by settling on them. Many bigger items like leaves, shoots, twigs, pine needles are stopped by covers but the risk of blockage is always there.
So to answer the question if gutter guards are necessary well the answer would be it can help in minimizing the potential blockages in the drainage system but would not definitely eliminate the need of manual cleaning of the gutter system. Most people may not afford this type of protection so having experts to come over and clean the gutter is the most practical solution.
At Oakland Gutters, we do whatever it takes to ensure that your gutters are clean, flowing and free of all unwanted debris.Debris that can cause a whole lot of problems down the road, which is why we recommend having your gutters cleaned on a regular basis.So protect your home by Gutter Cleaning today.