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Leaf Gutter Guards: Professional or DIY?

This is a common question.  In fact, it’s one you have to consider before making an investment.  When it comes to gutter guards, why bother?  It’s not really all that much trouble to pop on the gloves, get the ladder out, and dredge mouldy leaves out of your rain gutters a few times a year.  And if you’re careful, the chances of falling are pretty minimal.

Ok, so not really.  It’s actually a major pain in the neck, and one that poses damage to your house if you leave it too long.  The bigger your home, the more important it is to eliminate this source of potential damage and costly repair.  And the more time it takes to get the job done.  Of course, if you like, you can get a gutter cleaning Sydney professional to handle the job for you.  But this just adds another regular expense to the total costs you have to pay for the upkeep of your home.  So, if you’re the type that likes to have their Saturdays free for more stimulating activities, and you’d rather pay once and have things sorted for years to come, it’s really a no brainer.

When it comes down to it, we’re asking if gutter guard installation is worth the price you pay for it.  Is it really all that worthwhile to keep the downspouts and gutters clear and free of debris?  But, when you consider that this can save you heaps of time and money in the long run, there’s really no question.

Your rain gutters are vital for helping water to drain off the roof.  When they get clogged, standing moisture collects on the roof.  If left unattended, this can lead to mould and water damage, at the very least.  In extreme cases, you may have to deal with a leaky roof, cracked structures, damage to the foundations, flooded basements, and a host of other challenges that no one really wants to have surprise them on an otherwise pleasant day.  Or on any day, really.

The right gutter protection, properly installed, can prevent twigs, leaves, and other debris from collecting in your gutters at all.  There are many different styles of leaf guard on the market, though the purpose is the same regardless of the design.  The challenge is that not all leaf guards are created equal.  With many, you’ll still have to clean them regularly to keep the system flowing without problems.

With bottle brush leaf guards, the gutters are filled with large bottle brushes and the bristles prevent leaves from entering while allowing the water to run through easily.  Vinyl guards are similar in that they are fitted right into the gutter, allowing water to flow through small slots.  Another option that permits easy installation is the foam leaf guard.  Essentially, this is a cylinder of foam that is placed directly into the gutters.  Though all of these styles can be installed with a minimum of time and effort, they all tend to clog easily and can be even more challenging to dredge out than an unprotected gutter.

There are a few options that actually reduce maintenance time.  Helmeted or reverse curve leaf guards block leaves with a downward-curving helmet, allowing water to enter the gutters through a horizontal slot below the curve.  Gutter mesh is another style, a mesh sheeting that is installed into the shingles and covers the gutters.  This is an excellent option, though many styles of DIY mesh are fragile and require frequent repair.  Finally, there is the louvre style.  This is one of the most expensive options, but it does away with the need of gutters at all.  Instead, long slats with grooves that angle down your roof are installed over the shingles.  Rain and leaves fall directly off the roof by rain power alone.

So the next question is, should you foot the expense for hiring a professional, or simply install a leaf free gutter guard yourself?  This comes down to how handy you are and whether or not you’re willing to foot the bill for quality materials.  If you choose bottle brush, vinyl, or foam, you could find yourself cleaning out the gutters just as often as without a guard at all, with a few extra headaches involved.  The other options could definitely be worth your time, if they are installed properly.

Most DIY options are poorly designed and made of fragile materials, so they’ll require more time and effort in the long run.  Plus, they can cost hundreds of dollars and leave you with no benefits from the installation.  So, if you want to get gutter leaf protection that is properly installed, efficient, and durable enough to last, professional is the way to go.  To top it off, we offer warranties to cover any repairs or cleaning you need after installation.

If you have any questions or you’d like a free consultation, feel free to contact us.  We are happy to provide you with expert information to help you make the right choice for your gutter system and your home.

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