What Is a Gutter Guard and Why Is It Important?

The gutter system is one of the most important aspects that make up your home’s roofing system. It collects and diverts water safely away from your roof, helping preserve your home’s roof structure as well as foundation.

But, gutters also need protection to function optimally for a long time. This is where a gutter guard comes in.

What Is a Gutter Guard? 

Gutter guards are a type of screen for the gutters. They prevent debris from falling into the gutters and allow the water that is collected in the gutters to keep flowing smoothly.

The main purpose of gutter guards is to keep the gutters clean and functioning with minimum obstruction. But, gutter guards also perform a tonne of other functions to keep your gutters and your house safe.

If you’ve never considered installing gutter guards, here’s why you should reconsider.

Prevent Structural Damage

Without gutter guards, your gutters will quickly fill up with not just water but also a lot of windswept debris. Twigs, branches, leaves, and more make their way into your gutters and lodge themselves there, restricting the water flow in your gutters. 

This accumulated debris and water can then lead to rust and corrosion of your gutters.

With water no longer flowing through the drain, it starts spilling over the edge. The overflowing water may even leak onto your roof and into your walls through the ceiling. From your roof boards to your exterior walls and your basement, no area is safe from water damage.

The result?

Structural damage to your house.

Saves You the Trouble of Gutter Cleaning

You could clean your gutters regularly to prevent water from overflowing, but that’s too much work and it’s never enough.

That’s because debris can accumulate very quickly, so you’d have to go up to the roof every week to clean your gutters. 

Gutter cleaning is not only time-consuming but also risky. Not to mention the debris that accumulates even for a day or two quickly becomes an attractive spot for mould to grow — more mess for you to clean.

You’re better off getting a gutter guard and putting all your worries to rest. 

Keeps Pests Out of Your Backyard

An unclean gutter is a home to mould and stagnant water. This kind of environment invites rodents and tiny critters. And where the smaller pests go, the big predators follow. That’s what you need to worry more about! If such animals start lurking around your backyard, it not only puts your roof and gutters but also your family at risk.

Prevents Fires

If you’re in an area where bushfires are common, an open gutter is a fire hazard waiting to happen. 

Dry leaves or twigs will often accumulate in open gutters, especially during autumn. All it takes is a few flying embers to enter your gutters and the debris will catch fire, spreading rapidly and posing a real threat.

The easiest way to reduce this risk is to keep the debris from entering your gutters.

Saves You Maintenance Costs

Whether it is damaged gutters or damaged walls, open gutters can lead to a lot of repairs. But, with gutter guards, you can save a lot on roofing maintenance and repair expenses you otherwise would have incurred. 

Get in touch with our team to learn more about installing gutter guards to keep your property clean and safe!

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