While the winter is finally at a close, the last thing we want to do is think about next winter. But the truth is ice dams are a huge risk to consider each winter. Ice dams can do serious damage to a roof and gutters. As a result, the time to think about updating your home’s gutter system for ice dam protection is now. Here is some information on what gutter guards are, the pros and cons to gutter guards, and how to install gutters.
What Are Gutter Guards and How Can They Help?
One of the ways to help prevent ice dams is to install gutter guards. Gutter guards can be found in either plastic or metal screens that are positioned over the width of the gutters. There are also different shapes and styles available to fit most gutter styles and that serve various purposes. Some of the common gutter guard styles include reverse curve, mesh, bottle brush, nylon, non-gutter cover, and a foam type. Some of these gutter guards catch the debris as the rainwater seeps through the grates and filters down the gutters, and some avoid the backup of snow and water, preventing ice dams. Most are designed to protect both.
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What Are the Pros and Cons to Gutter Guards?
One of the main benefits to gutter guards is that they help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters, and avoid clogs and ice dams during harsh winters and inclement weather. Each type of gutter guard serves a functional and important purpose: to avoid the buildup of leaves, debris, and mold from clogging your gutters, as well as protect the roof and home from severe ice dams. If gutters are clogged and aren’t cleaned properly, then this keeps them from properly draining water runoff from your roof and away from your home and foundation.
Gutter guards are designed to also prevent ice dams. These are designed to fit and sit inside the gutter which helps catch the snow and keep it off the roof, also allowing water to properly flow and drain through the gutter system, reducing the risk of ice damming.
One of the biggest disadvantages to gutter guards is the cost. The type and style of gutter guard varies with cost. Some gutter guards are made of cheaper material and some gutter guards are made from stronger and more durable. The cost can range from a few dollars a few foot to $10-$20 a foot. However, if a homeowner chooses to install gutter guards on his or her own, be sure to contact your local Minnesota contractor for tips on how to install gutters.
Are Gutter Guards Worth the Money?
So what better time of year than the spring and summer to consider having gutter guards installed before next winter? Additionally, while the upfront cost of a gutter guard installation could be costly up front, they could also save a lot of potential damage to the roof and gutter system due to ice damming.
All in all, home owners would need to decide whether installing gutter guards are worth the cost and investment. Just like any home improvement, it’s best to weigh the pros and cons, the overall return on investment, and the safety and longevity of the home and roof. Contact your local Minnesota contractor for additional information and advice on how to install gutters.