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Gutter Guards 101

Marketing Krys

By Krys Escobar

From creepy crawlers, to squirrels, to mother nature herself – there’s a lot that can bombard your gutters. Read on to learn about the importance of gutters as well as another line of defense through the use of Gutter Guards. 

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Gutters are an essential feature of any structure with a sloped roof. When water drains off of a roof, it will need to be collected and diverted away from the building.

The use of gutters ensures that water never deteriorates a structure or causes unnecessary damage. Water that has been flowing in the same location will eventually begin to erode the area it has been running through. In the case of a home, this is normally around the foundation. When this happens, small cracks start to form in the foundation. Moreover, if the water is allowed to persist, the foundation will become unstable.

Why We Recommend Gutter Guards

To summarize the purpose of gutters, they are used to divert water and other natural debris away from a structure. Although seemingly a small feature, the repercussions of no/bad gutters can be unavoidable serious damage to one of your most important investments – your home. 

If gutters are installed improperly, damaged or not present, a structure may experience the following:

Foundation damage

Basement flooding

Interior Flooding

Exterior damage

With this in mind, Gutter Guards specifically, are an additional feature of a gutter, which aim to eliminate large debris from falling and staying in your gutters, easy maintenance, and a deterrent to animals.   

When We Recommend Gutter Guards

Listed below are some common examples of indicators that your gutters may be in need of replacement, maintenance, or installation of gutter guards: 

Insects

Damp, grimy gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris are a prime environment for a very extensive range of insects and other animals. In addition to gutters, insects can also damage other important areas of your home.

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bird eggs

Birds

The structural layout of gutters are ideal for birds to establish their own residence. Furthermore, the debris commonly found in gutters consist of many of the materials used to construct their nests. A bird’s nests can clog your gutters and cause bigger issues further down the chain of your home. 

Squirrels

Similar to birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other tree-residing animals can use your gutters as an area of their own. These sorts of animals can be carriers for many diseases, which put you and your family at risk should you come into contact with the animal or it’s waste. 

squirrel in tree
insect close up

Insects

Damp, grimy gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris are a prime environment for a very extensive range of insects and other animals. In addition to gutters, insects can also damage other important areas of your home.

bird eggs

Birds

The structural layout of gutters are ideal for birds to establish their own residence. Furthermore, the debris commonly found in gutters consist of many of the materials used to construct their nests. A bird’s nests can clog your gutters and cause bigger issues further down the chain of your home. 

squirrel in tree

Squirrels

Similar to birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other tree-residing animals can use your gutters as an area of their own. These sorts of animals can be carriers for many diseases, which put you and your family at risk should you come into contact with the animal or it’s waste. 

Attention to your gutter system is a simple, cost-effective solution that can bring you peace of mind without a massive undertaking.

There is no shortage of good reasons to have gutter guards installed on your home or business. For more than a decade, Pro Roofers Inc. has been providing customers with premium gutter guard installation, and this blog provides insights into why. 

As always, if you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to call us at 615-778-1440, contact us on Facebook, Instagram, or here on our website

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