Gutters are home superheroes—quietly protecting your house from expensive water damage. But if they’re clogged with leaves, squirrel nests or moss lumps, they’ll struggle to keep water away from your home’s foundation and walls. Gutter guards help your gutters do their job of diverting rainwater away from your home. But what’s the best way to have gutter guards installed on your home?
Option 1 – DIY Gutter Guard Installation
If you’re a homeowner who enjoys unpredictability and strenuous physical labor, you might install gutter guards yourself.
Just drive to your local big-box home improvement store and ask an employee for help picking out gutter guards that happen to be on the shelves that day. Be extra prepared by bringing a list of brands you researched online. Of course, there’s no guarantee the store employee will be a good judge of what your home needs, or that your brand will be in stock—or that the guards will have a suitable warranty should problems arise.
After purchasing the gutter guards, strapping them to your vehicle and driving home, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves, haul out the ladder and tools, and get to work. Remember to have someone hold the ladder and keep the first aid kit handy.
While this is usually the least expensive solution upfront, it can have unexpected costs down the line. Aside from the obvious safety hazards that could lead to aches, pains and hospital bills, off-the-shelf gutters usually only have a 1-3 year lifespan and you will still have to climb up that ladder periodically to clear out trouble spots—if not, you still run the risk of water damage to your home.
Option 2 – Hiring Roofers or General Contractors as Gutter Guard Installers
Many general contractors and roofers advertise as gutter guard installers, although it may only be an add-on service that they do occasionally. While hiring one of these contractors is certainly safer than climbing that ladder yourself, you must do your homework to find a contractor that actually has some experience with gutter guard installation. In most cases, general contractors offer only one type of gutter guard, and they aren’t always aware of other options than what they’re used to. Ask them if they provide a good warranty on their services if their gutter guards need repairs—many general contractors don’t.
Option 3 – Hire Professional Gutter Guard Installers
The third option is to hire professional gutter guard installers whose sole focus is installing gutter guards. You’ll want to select a company with a long-standing reputation for quality work and a guaranteed lifetime warranty. And, since there are multiple types of gutter guards, we’d advise that you look for micro mesh gutter guards which have consistently been named as the best choice for homeowners.
You might also want to look for a company that offers multiple types of micro mesh screen sizes. Different types of leaves and debris, different types of roofs and different parts of the country require different screen sizes. Micro mesh gutter guards are not a one-size-fits-all solution.
When you work with a professional gutter guard installer you are getting:
- Service from a company focused solely on gutters and gutter protection
- A warranty
- A permanent solution for your home.
At All American Gutter Protection, we install the best micro mesh gutter guards for your home. If you’re considering gutter guards for your home be sure to put us on your list! We’ll give you a free gutter guard estimate and show you how our product excels at giving you clog-free gutters for the life of your home.