If you’ve been listening to the radio or watching TV lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the uptick in gutter protection product advertisements. They’re becoming popular for good reason! Because they decrease the maintenance requirements for seamless gutters and their traditional brethren alike, they’re becoming a nar necessity for today’s busy homeowner—not to mention the budget-savvy HOA.

But what, exactly, are gutter protection products? How do they protect your gutters? How do they decrease maintenance requirements, and how do you know if they’re right for you? These are all perfectly reasonable questions, and Midwest Exteriors MN is here to answer them. Read on to learn more about this gutter innovation from your Lake Elmo team of gutter installation pros.

What Are Gutter Protection Products?

Also called gutter guards, gutter protection products often look like long, extended cheese graters, though they’re practically invisible from ground-level. They sit on top of your gutter installation, and, thanks to their small holes, allow water in while debris safely sloughs off. Rain is safely dealt with and moved away from your foundation, while clogs become a thing of the past. Indeed, these inventions are certainly a modern marvel!

While metal gutter guards are by far the most durable—and thus the most coveted—gutter guards can also come in foam, bottle-brush, and mesh.

How Do Gutter Guards Protect Your Gutters?

As we already discussed, they all but prevent clogs. A clogged gutter is an ineffective gutter, one that sheds water onto your siding and stains it. Not to mention the fact that that water seeps down towards your foundation, causing the soil to shift and promoting strain. To learn more about the adverse effects of clogged gutters, check out our gutter installer blog, “What Clogged Gutters Can Do to Your Home.”

In addition to keeping things moving smoothly, gutter guards prevent certain species of pests from nesting in your gutters. While it may not seem like it, this part of your home’s exterior is prime real estate for all sorts of critters. We’ve actually written an entire blog on the subject: “I’ve Got Pests in my Gutters! What Do I Do?”.

By blocking your gutters off from birds and preventing clogs that can provide standing water for mosquitos, gutter guards drastically decrease the likelihood you’ll ever deal with many kinds of unexpected animal inhabitants.

How Do Gutter Guards Decrease Gutter Maintenance?

A maintenance-free gutter system doesn’t exist. Even with gutter guards, both traditional and seamless gutters may still need a yearly cleaning or two. If not even dirt could get in there, then water wouldn’t be able to, either—and what kind of gutter system would that be if it couldn’t funnel away the rain?

That being said, a system with gutter guards is the closest any homeowner will ever be able to get to complete, worry-free protection. Thanks to the small holes present in these products, larger pieces of debris that would otherwise get stuck in your gutters simply slip off and away to the earth below. This means that it takes much longer for anything substantial to accumulate in your gutters; you’ll need to clamber up there with a pail and gloves far less often.

Gutter guards also reduce the amount of repairs you’ll need to have done. This is simply logic. A gutter system that doesn’t undergo as much strain keeps working as it should longer. Pair this gutter guard advantage with the hardiness of seamless gutters and you’ll have an exterior fit to last through the ages!

Are Gutter Guards Right for me?

We can’t answer that question in a blog post—but we can in a personalized consultation. Our team of gutter installers would be happy to discuss the ins and outs of them further than what’s already touched on here.

We’re willing to bet, though, that gutter guards will be the perfect addition to your home exterior’s protective arsenal. After all, who doesn’t want to minimize gutter cleaning? Frankly, it’s gross, shoveling and flinging darkened decay away with your hands. Plus, it often takes hours, and when you want nothing more than to relax on the weekends, those hours can seem like a lifetime.

And who doesn’t want to save money? Indeed, because gutter guards help to keep your gutter system in strapping good health, you’ll pay less over time when it comes to unexpected repairs. If you pay to have your gutters cleaned, too, you’ll be able to shave away a bit of the expense from there.

Finally, a good working gutter system is a system that protects the rest of your home—roof, siding, foundation and all. An investment in your gutters is an investment in your home’s health as a whole.

Midwest Exteriors MN: Your Source for First-Class Gutter Guards and More

As home and condo contractors, we’re proud to provide you with everything your home exterior needs to keep looking and working at its best. Give our Lake Elmo office a call today at 651-346-9477.