The title of this article is one of those questions with a very easy answer – yes. Unless your home’s gutters already have some sort of protection installed, it’s highly recommended to have a Tennessee roofing professional in to install gutter protection.
No one loves cleaning the rain gutters (at least we’ve never met anyone who does) and it’s no surprise that most people will put this task off as long as humanly possible. It’s a physically demanding job and since it involves being up on a ladder for an extended period of time, it’s also a job which carries with it a certain amount of risk.
At the same time, it’s something which needs to be done periodically to prevent the gutters from becoming clogged. When rainwater can’t drain off of your roof through the gutters and down the rainspouts, it will find somewhere else to go – into your home, where it can cause severe water damage.
That’s where gutter protection comes in. Having a guard installed over your rain gutters by an experienced Tennessee roofing company prevents debris from getting into your gutters in the first place; which means that the risky, tough job of cleaning your gutters becomes something which needs to be done very rarely, if at all.
The danger of cleaning your own gutters shouldn’t be underestimated either. As it happens, more than 160,000 people are injured in falls from ladders in the U.S. alone – with the majority of these injuries occurring in and around the home. That alone should be enough to make anyone give some thought to having a guard system installed over their home’s rain gutters. Do you want to end up making a trip to the emergency room next weekend because you had to get up on a ladder and clean your rain gutters? Of course you don’t.
One of the reasons that gutter protection systems should be professionally installed is that they need to be custom fit to your roof. No two roofs are exactly the same, which means that it takes the right tools and no small amount of expertise to ensure that the job is done right. Many Tennessee contractors who sell gutter guards include the cost of installation into the price, so professional installation may well come along with the product itself in any case. There are also vendors who will sell the necessary parts to homeowners, but this doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to install it yourself – this will, in most cases, void the manufacturer’s warranty.
A lot of roofing companies and contractors who offer gutter protection systems will also perform minor repairs and clean your gutters as part of the job, which is another bonus for homeowners who would rather stop having to clean their gutters once and for all.