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Why Are Leaf Guards Useful and Important for Your Gutters?

The pursuit for an effective gutter system is a constant struggle for homeowners. One of the latest solutions that make a great difference is leaf guards or gutter guards. Leaf guards can be made out of aluminum, vinyl, wire, or mesh and they can be quickly installed. They are installed over the whole gutter system to stop any debris or leaves from falling into the gutters. Even though leaf guards are another investment for the average homeowner, they bring many benefits which make them cost-effective and extremely useful.

Leaf guards prevent clogged gutters

Leaves and debris can easily clog gutters which can cause even greater issues including mold, yard erosion, rust, and flooded basements. With pools of water in your gutters, you might end up with insect problems, smell, and bacteria that could be toxic. Gutters that get clogged have a shorter lifespan and might need a replacement sooner than you expected.

Leaf guards make gutter maintenance easier

Under normal circumstances, gutters need to be cleaned twice per year, once during spring and once during fall. When having leaf guards less debris will accumulate in your gutter system, meaning that you will have to clean it less frequently. Additionally, the cleaning process will also be a lot easier and take less time and you won’t have to spend all day on the roof putting yourself at risk.

Less rust

No matter what kind of gutters you have, the open environment affects them constantly and over time they start to rust. However, the less exposed they are to debris and accumulating water, the slower they will deteriorate and start to rust. This is what leaf guards provide, as they ensure that there is a minimal amount of debris in the gutters, slowing down premature rusting and material deterioration.

Leaf guards prevent frozen gutters

During warm periods accumulating waters can be extremely harmful. When water is stuck in the gutters during winter, it could freeze, leading to numerous issues. Ice will cause a complete blockage that will lead to side leakage, pressure on the gutters, deterioration, and even seeping directly into the walls.

They protect your home from fire

On the other hand, if summer dry periods surrounding landscape could be susceptible to fires. People that live in these kinds of parts know how little it takes for a fire to start and they need to take appropriate measures to protect their homes from being exposed. Without any debris and dry leaves in your gutters, you can rest assured that no floating sparkles will put your gutters on fire.

Count on Complete Gutters for Leaf Guards & Other Gutter Needs

Leaf guards not only make your gutters safer and easier to maintain, but they also save you a lot of money in the long run. They will drastically extend the lifespan of your gutter system and save you the money you would spend or repairs or replacements. Complete Gutters has all your Vancouver leaf guard and gutter needs taken care of. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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Clogged Gutters are a Hazard gutters and downspout on homeTypically, it’s recommended that you clean your gutters at least twice a year, in autumn and spring. This is simply because a lot of debris is collected in the eavestroughs and downspouts during these times, and if you don’t take care of it, it could cause major problems down the line, damaging your walls, foundation, and other elements. Let’s take a look at some symptoms that show you that your gutters are suffering from “allergies,” and why you should treat those symptoms as soon as possible. Poorly Maintained Gutters Cause Leaky Roofs The gutters of your home are easily clogged up by various types of debris, branches, leaves, ice, and even small animals. If your gutters are clogged, our lovely Vancouver rain could cause some major problems, as rainwater accumulates inside the gutter and tries to find a place to escape. One of the biggest problems this could cause is leaky roofs. The water seeps through the roof and goes on to damage your walls, plaster, and insulation. The moisture allows mould to develop, which can have negative effects on your health, worsening your allergies and more. Flooding in Your Basement and Around Your Home cleaning gutters filled with leaves and debrisWater always tries to find lower ground to escape to, and if the gutters are blocked, there are two things that could happen. Either the water will overflow from the gutters, flooding your garden, and pooling around your home; or the water will escape to your basement due to a leak. Both of these problems can be avoided by following a spring cleaning check-list, and ensuring that gutters are clean and well-maintained. Pesky Pests Gutters provide a safe shelter for various kinds of animals that spring up around this time of year. It’s not uncommon for birds, rodents, and others to start building nests in your gutters, as the branches and leaves that build up in them provide them with an ideal home. They then move on to introduce insects and various other kinds of pests into your home, and this can be extremely difficult to deal with. Allergy Medicine for Your Gutters The best way to ensure that your gutters are healthy and functional is to invest in their maintenance.