Gutter protection is the best solution to virtually all of the issues arising from the maintenance of gutters. Said issues include long-term damage to your house from its roof to its foundation as well as its indoor confines, no thanks to defective gutters. Indeed, why subject your entire house to these risks when you can install an effective system to protect your gutters?
What exactly is a gutter protection system? It is a guard installed over the existing gutters, which then prevents dirt and debris (i.e., leaves, bird droppings) from entering the gutters. The result: Rainwater and other liquid like melted snow flows through the gutters and, thus, away from your home’s exteriors and interiors.
Take note that such a system should be custom-fitted by a licensed Knoxville contractor for best results. Of course, you can also do it as a DIY project but the results will be more than likely inferior. Pay for the services of a reliable Knoxville contractor and enjoy the benefits, we always say. Now let’s move on to the benefits of installing a gutter protection system in your roofs.
Unless you are Spider-Man, going up and down ladders to clean the gutters is dangerous because of the high risks for falls and, consequently, of injures. These injuries can range from simple bruises to fatal concussions and fractures, all of which you will not want to suffer from at any time. With the system in place, you can avoid going up and down ladders because your gutters are not clogged with dirt and debris. The rainwater can easily flow through to its proper place instead of showering the house’s exteriors and, thus, damaging it in the long run.
A gutter protection system also prevents gutter damage brought by ice. During the winter season as well as during cold nights, the water in clogged gutters will freeze to form heavy masses of ice. When the ice begins to melt during warmer weather, the water soaks the fascia, thereby, damaging it. But that not’s all either. The gutters are damaged (i.e., cracks) because these are not designed to handle heavy solid masses of ice while the fascia is damaged yet again when the water refreezes during the night. Think of it as double trouble for your home and your pockets, which can be avoided with the installation of a gutter protection system.
When the gutters overflow because of the accumulated debris, the water is pushed inwards into the fascia and soffit boards. This results in rainwater soaking the wood and leading it to rot prematurely. Your house will then be subject to greater damage that will necessitate a full-on renovation. Your basic cost-and-benefit analysis will reveal that it is cost-efficient to install the system than to spend for an entire home project.
Other benefits to installing a gutter protection system in your home are to keep your yard with its healthy plants beautiful (the rainwater coming from the gutter will not overflow to drown the plants down below); to keep pests away (insects love the damp, dark environment of a poorly-maintained gutter; and to prevent mold, mildew and fungi growth in the attic, basement and crawl spaces.