Gutter Guards

Are Gutter Guards Worth It?

Too much rainwater against your home or your foundation can trap moisture prompting:

  • Rot to your fascia, soffit, or siding
  • Leaking or flooding to your masonry, foundation, or basement
  • Erosion of your landscaping

Gutters divert captured rainwater away from your foundation. Your gutters get clogged by:

  • Shingle granules
  • Broken branches
  • Birds or animals nesting
  • Insects
  • Falling leaves
  • Pine needles

Seasonal cleaning will only temporarily clear such blockage; gutter guards mitigate debris accumulation.

The Cost of Cleaning Your Gutters

Even if you are handy, a good cleaning will cost you time – assuming you have the right tools. At a minimum, you will need a sturdy ladder tall enough to reach your roof. Expect to move the ladder several times as your arms can only reach so far. You may be out of pocket for far more than the cost of your time and tools should you damage your gutter in the act of cleaning. Worse still, if you suffer an accident, then the toll begins to mount in many ways. You might get a handyman to perform the task for you; keep in mind without the proper insurance, you could be liable for any accident at your home, costing you potentially tens of thousands of dollars.

If you have lots of trees on your property and lack gutter guards, you should examine your gutters for clogs at least six times during the spring through fall because it does not take much debris or leaves to start a clog.

The average cost of a cleaning in New York is estimated from $1.30 to $2.20 per lineal foot; the typically sized house will cost between $150 to $500 per cleaning. The average homeowner only cleans their gutters twice a year bringing the out-of-pocket cost to $300 to $1,000 per year.
Unfortunately, they are still left with poor functioning gutters 75% of the year.

How Much Do Gutter Guards Cost?

Basic metal or plastic filters can be purchased for around $3 per lineal foot. A professional installed high quality gutter guards range from $10 to $30 per lineal foot. This translates to a few hundred to a couple of thousands for the typical home.

So, why potentially pay 10x for a professional installation?

Obviously nobody wants to be taking advantage of or get ripped off and it is a difficult task to find that balance between getting value for your purchase or paying too much. Remember that common law of business prohibits paying a little and getting a lot.

As quoted by John Ruskin, it is unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money-that all. When you pay too little, sometimes you lose everything because the thing you bought is incapable of doing what was designed to do.

You need to look at many factors in selecting the product and more importantly the company that you hire for any service including gutter guards.

A good company will select the most suitable system for your particular home given the specific conditions of the property. A good company will have accumulated knowledge of materials, tools, and trained professionals with decades of experience. The best companies will guarantee their work with a warranty that extends for years.

You can rest assured that at Guardian Gutters we are NOT charging $30 per Lineal Foot for a typical installation, which seems excessive. You can be assured that we will provide you with honest straightforward advice on the best cover for your specific situation and have one of the best warrantees in the business.

Westchester, Putnam, Fairfield, Dutchess, and Rockland Counties experience weather ranging from sub-zero to above 100 degrees during typical years. Guardian Gutters’ solutions are suitable for these Northeast weather patterns.

One Time Expense Versus Long Run Maintenance Cost

A typical gutter cover installation may cost between $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the size of your home, complexity of installation etc. The annual cleaning of your open gutters will cost between $500 and $1000 depending on again the size of your home, height of gutters, pitch of roof, and how often your gutters get cleaned. It is clear to see that you will easily recoup your investment of installing gutter guards usually within 3 years.

Of course, there is no such thing as a maintenance-free gutter guard system. No matter what you install there is always periodic maintenance required.

With no covers, your gutters require continual cleaning throughout the year. And the cleaning is often quite messy and time consuming because you must remove decayed leaves and muck. And you must work around the gutter fasteners, which makes cleaning your gutters awkward and cumbersome. To do the proper cleaning takes time and too often is performed incorrectly especially by cleaning services, leading to premature clogs in the not-too-distant future.

With a cheap gutter covers you may be deceived into thinking that no cleaning is required but they often fail within months of installation and you are back to frequent cleaning or worse, you ignore the cleaning and damage ensues.

Most good covers require some minor maintenance every few years because of a buildup of debris over time. The problem is that as the debris accumulates it reduces or prevents the water from entering the gutter system

A great gutter cover like the guards we install will still capture the water from your roof even if some debris collects over time. And the cleaning is a simple as spraying the covers with a garden hose or brushing off the debris.

Home ownership is about living the lifestyle you want and creating the memories for your family that will last generations. Realistically speaking, maintenance should be factored into your cost of ownership. But you get busy – with work, school, volunteer activities or family obligations. With items that are out of sight, do not let them also be out of mind. Let us remove this hidden danger so that you can enjoy your home with fewer worries.

What Makes Our Gutter Guards Great?

We prefer and typically work with ArmourGuard. To begin, this product features: 

  • Surgical grade 316L stainless steel 50 or 30 micro mesh:
  • This mesh keeps out exceptionally fine particles while letting through rainwater
  • Additionally, ArmourGuard Screen resists organic materials adhering to it
  • The thick extruded aluminum frame is strong and durable.
  • The low-profile blends discreetly and aesthetically within your gutter system.
  • The anodized aluminum reduces the rust caused by different metals interacting – making this product suitable for aluminum, copper, or steel gutters.

As a result, this product is backed by a 40-year transferrable warranty!

Peace of Mind for Home Maintenance

Are gutter guards worth it?  Yes!  

When installed properly (and especially in the presence of a warranty), your routine gutter maintenance will be significantly lessened, thereby reducing the harmful side effects of excess water on your home and its foundation. Our three decades of installing gutters and working with gutter guards have informed us about the options for your situation. With our expertise, focus on customer service, and our warranty, your gutters will be one less thing you need to worry about.

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