When you look to install or replace the gutters on your home, you may come across an option to install gutter guards. You may ask yourself “What are gutter guards?” or “What are the best gutter guards to install for my home?”. The roofing and gutter experts at Signature Exteriors have come up with a quick guide to help you make the best decision for your home and to explain the benefits of installing them on your home.
What Are Gutter Guards?
The gutters installed on your home are there to perform an extremely important job. With the help of the downspouts, the gutters will direct water from rainfall, snow, and hail away from your roof and the foundation. If your gutters get clogged with debris such as leaves and pine needles, water pools in your gutters creating additional weight which your gutters are not designed to carry. The additional weight pulls the fasteners out of the gutter clips as a result the gutters pull away from your home causing water to run in between your gutters and fascia. Additionally, when water pools in your gutters it reduces the life expectancy of the seals on the gutter miters. Once the seals fail on the miters water begins to leak through the seams causing the soffit and fascia to rot. This is where gutter guards come into play.
We highly recommend installing gutter guards to protect your gutters from debris collecting and will keep the water flowing smoothly through the system. Effective gutter guards provide many benefits such as protection from roof damage, foundation damage, basement flooding, mold and mildew growth, and pest protection. By correctly diverting water from your home with gutter guards installed, you are not only protecting your gutters and roof from damage, but you are also protecting your entire home.
What Gutter Guards Should I Buy?
#1 – Gutter RX
Gutter RX is one of our highest recommended gutter guards. Gutter RX is designed to handle 14+ inches of rain per hour, is made up of 98% recycled aluminum, and can be installed on your existing gutters. These guards are designed to allow water to freely flow through but prevent pests, such as squirrels and birds, from getting into your gutters and building nests. Gutter RX cannot prevent ice dams from occurring, they will greatly reduce the amount of ice buildup in your gutters which helps reduce damage such as split seams, loose hangers, and disconnected gutters. These guards are virtually invisible from the ground and are installed directly into the gutters, which is a huge plus as installing them won’t compromise your roof in any way. Gutter RX is one of our most requested brands and is considered, by our experts, to be one of the best gutter guard options to install on your home. Lastly, Gutter RX comes with a manufacturer’s 20-year no-clog warranty.
LeaFree gutter guards are another recommended brand by Signature Exteriors. These guards are designed to be a custom fit to any home by adjusting to the pitch of the roof. LeaFree is designed to handle up to 14 inches of rain per hour and is made up of .024 aluminum. They are designed to go over your existing gutters, however, they are installed a little differently than the Gutter RX. LeaFree is installed under the first row of shingles and attached to the lip of the gutter with stainless steel screws. This installation method gives you an alternative to drip edge, which is a recommended product that protects your fascia board from water damage and wood rot. Additionally, LeaFree acts as an excellent exclusion product to prevent animals such as squirrels from entering your home. LeaFree guards cannot prevent ice dams from occurring, they will greatly reduce the amount of ice buildup in your gutters which helps reduce damage such as split seams, loose hangers, and disconnected gutters. This product is virtually invisible from the ground and requires little to no maintenance making it another contender for the best gutter guards for your home. Lastly, LeaFree has a lifetime warranty making this product one of the best in class.
#3 – ShurFlo
ShurFlo gutter guards are another great brand on our list. This product was created by U.S. Aluminum, Inc. who is a leading manufacturer of quality rain gutter accessories. Their capacity for water greatly exceeds the U.S. record rainfall amounts and offers a 20-year warranty. ShurFlo guards can be installed on all 5” or 6” gutters unless there is prior damage. Should you have prior damage to your gutters, you may need a full gutter replacement prior to installing this brand onto the home. They are virtually invisible from the ground and are able to be installed to fit snugly on the tops of your gutters. There will be no lifting or penetration of your roof shingles needed and these guards will not void any roof warranties you may have. ShurFlo gutter guards cannot prevent ice dams from occurring, they will greatly reduce the amount of ice buildup in your gutters which helps reduce damage such as split seams, loose hangers, and disconnected gutters.
Do You Need An Estimate?
If you’re interested in having gutter guards installed on your home, contact your local roofing and gutter company for an estimate! Use this guide to help decide if gutter guards are right for you and what gutter guards are best for your home! If you’re in Charlotte, Signature Exteriors offers free roof and gutter inspections and we’d be happy to assist with any questions on gutter guard installations. We pride ourselves in taking the guesswork out of any decision when it comes to your gutters and making the decision process a smooth and informative process. Contact Signature Exteriors today for a free inspection!