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Rain Gutter Guards - The Underestimated Essential

Posted on January 5, 2018

Rain Gutter Guards in Bettendorf, IA

As you stand at the window of your cozy, dry home in Bettendorf or Moline and gaze out the window during a rain shower, you probably are not thinking about your rain gutters. These amazing structures do so much for our home. They do their job of diverting the rain from pouring down off of your roof and carry it away from the foundation of your home. They keep the siding or paint in top condition and protect your home.

No, you may not think of your indispensable rain gutters during a rain shower, but sometime throughout the year, it becomes inevitable that your rain gutters get your full attention. A couple of times a year, your rain gutters simply must be cleaned out.

Maintenance De-rails Future Issues

If rain gutters become clogged with leaves and debris, it can cause serious issues later on. If rain gutters become clogged and are not able to flow freely, the rainwater or melting snow can start to flow to where it will cause problems like around your foundation or flow into your home itself. If the water freezes in the rain gutters, it can make ice dams which are dangerous to deal with yourself and should be tackled by a professional.

Make Cleaning Out the Gutter a Thing of the Past

Although this is never a pleasant task, maintaining your rain gutters is a part of life for most people. At the end (or the beginning) of the summer and winter, your gutters need to be inspected and cleaned either by yourself or a professional. Piles of soggy, rotting leaves and twigs must be removed. But there is a way to avoid this dreaded chore. The answer: installing gutter guards on your home in Bettendorf.

What Are Gutter Guards

Gutter guards are a type of mesh that is installed over your gutters to prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from entering the gutter. The gutter guard still allows for water to pass through and flow properly along the rain gutter system, but no debris can enter to cause messes or problems.

Keep Water Flowing

Because no blockages stop the flow of the water runoff, your entire rain gutter system will function properly. This is especially great news if you have a rain catchment system (rain barrel) as it will fill even faster and with cleaner water.

Save Time and Money

Gutter guards eliminate the need for annual cleanings altogether. This saves you lots of time, energy, and, again, the hassle of that unpleasant task. The guards themselves may eventually have to be cleaned off but this is a much different experience than cleaning out the gutters. Cleaning off the guards takes little time and effort and usually only has to be done every few years!

Prevent Fires

Although it is hard to comprehend that simple gutter guards provide your home with the prestigious honor of fire prevention. Yes, if a fire breaks out in your area and the embers fly toward your home, one of the most likely places for them to land and start a house fire is in your gutters. Piles of dry leaves in your gutters catch fire quickly and before you are even aware, your entire roof can become engulfed in flames threatening the loss of your home and even your lives.

Keep Critters Away

Gutter guards keep mice, birds, bats, squirrels, and all types of small animals from building their homes and nests in your gutters. Not only does their presence clog your gutters and make your home unattractive, but it also invites more and more of them into your home. They work their way behind the fascia boards and enter your home as unwanted guests.

Extend the Life of Your Rain Gutters

Because rain gutters are such an important part of your home’s maintenance and upkeep, taking care of them is investing in your home itself. Gutter guards prevent piles of wet leaves from collecting and rusting your gutters. This extends the life of your gutters and your home itself.

So the next time there’s a rain shower, you can stand in your cozy, dry home and gaze out at the rain with the peace of mind that your home is taken care of. Let Mainstream Home Improvement think about your gutters so you won’t have to.  Contact us today to learn more about the key benefits of gutter guards and how they can help protect your home.

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