Gutter guards eliminate the need to climb on your ladder to clean out the leaves and debris that have accumulated over time. Instead, the gutter guard takes care of the problem, keeping your gutters clear and allowing water to flow off easily year-round. Still, many people feel they are saving money doing the work by hand on their own. They may even feel a certain pride in doing it themselves. Here are a few important reasons why having gutter guards is better than cleaning gutters the old fashioned way.
1) Prevent Falls
Climbing on a ladder to clean gutters is dangerous business, especially if you continue to do it for a long time. You have to be very careful about the condition of your ladder at all times. Then, you have to concentrate on scooping out leaves, seeds, small trees and birds’ and rodents’ nests all while maintaining enough concentration to keep from falling to the ground. Falls usually happen when you’re reaching too far or when the ladder is standing on uneven ground, as is often the case when cleaning gutters.
2) Don’t Become a Statistic
Hundreds of thousands of people fall each year while using a ladder. Twenty percent of them need emergency medical care. And, 97% of these accidents happen away from work and while using common ladders that are used for home improvement. If you don’t want to become a statistic, the best alternative is to stay off your ladder as much as possible. One way is to have gutter guards on your roof that take the work out of gutter cleaning.
3) Save Money
Because your gutter won’t be full of stagnant water and debris once you have gutter guards installed, they will last longer. You won’t have to worry that they’ll rust prematurely. Instead, your gutters last through their full expected lifetime without last-minute gutter repairs and gutter replacements.
4) Protect Your Home
When gutters back up from lack of cleaning, the water can overflow into your house. You may end up with a large repair bill to fix ceilings and other parts of your home. Besides that, having a leaky roof is inconvenient and messy. You won’t want to have friends over for a dinner party if you have drips leaking through your ceiling, so it can curtail your social life, too. Then, if you want to sell your home, you will have repairs to do if you want to avoid selling it at a low rate as a rehab home. Gutter guards eliminate those problems for you.
5) Work Smart, Not Hard
The old business adage “Don’t work hard, work smart,’ applies to home improvement projects like gutter cleaning, too. If pride is the reason you haven’t had gutter guards installed before, think of it this way: you can be proud you made the smart decision to stay safe and reduce your workload by having a contractor like Kent Mohler Exteriors, LLC put in gutter guards for you. They have the best equipment to do the job. They also have the experience to install your gutters correctly so they will work the way they were designed to work.
For fast, friendly, expert gutter guard installation, or for any exterior home improvement project, contact Kent Mohler Exteriors, LLC to learn more.