There are many common myths about the infamous gutter guards. In order prepare consumers with the knowledge they need to properly serve their gutters, Woodstock Gutter Cleaning Pros is debunking common myths about these devices.
- These guards require getting entirely new gutters. Fortunately, this is not the case. Many consumers incorrectly assume that in order to install the guards, they will need new gutters to attach to. For this reason, they assume it will also be very expensive to not only get new gutters, but to get new guards as well. Many guard systems can be customized to fit seamlessly over your existing system. Most installation companies will even give you a quote first so you know exactly how much it will cost to have the guards installed.
- You don’t need guards if there are no trees nearby. Gutter guards have a primary purpose of stopping leaves and other objects from reaching the gutter. Many citizens believe that because they have no surrounding trees or other plants, guards will be unnecessary. Leaves will also reach the gutters from strong wind gusts. Nests in your gutters can also be created by insects, mice and other animals, and a guard can keep them from accessing too.
- Guards just do not work. Scheduling a consultation with a contractor or installation professional may help if you have doubts about guard systems. Many people have great quality guards installed and have had them around long enough to see the benefits of these devices. Feel free to ask your installation professional to provide you with references you can contact to heat about experience with these guards first-hand.
- Certain guard brands are the only ones with “no clog” warranties”. First of all, many companies offer this type of warranty. It is common among many of the major guard brands. However, many companies hide stipulations in the fine print. You will not necessarily get new guards for free if your system clogs, they will simply come clean it. This seems slightly contradictory. There are some guards that may never need cleaning.
- A wider gap is better. Gutter cap and screen type designs can have a variety of gap sizes. Larger gaps are more likely to let debris and pests into your system. There is a fine line between a large gap that lets water flow freely but lets in more debris and a smaller gap that blocks more debris but has more trouble allowing water to flow through it.
- Thicker material is better. Thicker material means more material, and more material will usually be heavier. The additional weight may put more weight on your system than it was designed for. However, there are some guards on the market that use a textured material to make the guard thicker while not increasing the weight of the device. This texture creates cross bracing within the structure of the guard. The cross bracing ensures the guard is even stronger than traditional guards yet it maintains a thin and low profile.