There are many choices to make when buying a new home or doing home maintenance projects. There are also many items that can be added to a house to protect it or make it more livable or convenient in some way. Some of these items are necessities and some are purely optional based on homeowner preference. One of the items that neighbors often debate over is gutter guards. Are they necessary or not?
Many homeowners in Prairie Village, Leawood, Overland Park, and Olathe would answer with a definitive yes. For these neighborhoods – full of mature trees that drop leaves, branches, and other debris year-round, this is a no-brainer. If you don’t want to spend every nice weekend cleaning out the gutters, gutter guards are the way to go and are well worth the investment. For other homeowners, however, the decision isn’t as clear, especially if you live in a new neighborhood where trees are still saplings and don’t cause any grief. Not yet, anyway.
Buy Gutter Guards from Local Experts
Energy Pro Windows and Siding has a wide selection of gutter guards that are appropriate for homes from Lee’s Summit to Liberty. Energy Pro is one of the area’s leading experts when it comes to gutter guard installation, and homeowners who decide to take the plunge will be happy to know they’re in good hands. Our professionals are happy to visit with anyone who’s still on the fence about installing gutter guards. We’ll answer your questions and help you determine if gutter guards are right for your home.
Why Install Gutter Guards?
Here are a few gutter guard benefits to consider before making your final decision about installing gutter guards.
Reduce maintenance. There are several reasons for installing gutter guards on your house, the most common of which has already been hinted at: the elimination of some of the maintenance required to keep gutters clean. This is the main reason people put gutter guards on their homes. Clearing debris out of the gutters several times a year can be time-consuming and hard to keep up with. Gutter guards catch most of the debris that clogs up the gutters: leaves, sticks, seed pods, and roofing material that washes off. While it’s still necessary to climb up and clean the downspouts occasionally, you’ll do it less often and spend far less time on that activity if you have gutter guards.
Save money. If you’re a homeowner who typically pays someone to clean the gutters for you, you’ll save money by installing gutter guards. Gutter guards reduce the need for regular maintenance, saving you money every year.
Stay safe. Gutter guard installation isn’t done just to save time and money. This project is also done for safety reasons. Climbing up on a ladder to clean out gutters several times a year can be very dangerous, and most homeowners don’t have much experience climbing ladders. If the ladder isn’t balanced and secured properly, it can easily tip or fall. An accident like this can be serious. Not only could you end up in the emergency room, but you may also break a window or damage siding if the ladder falls against the house. Having gutter guards installed by a reputable gutter guard installation company like Energy Pro cuts down on the need for simian-like climbing capabilities that may put the homeowner in danger of hurting themselves or damaging their home.
Live nest-free. Installing gutter guards on your home ensures that your gutters remain free of nests. Birds and small rodents love nothing more than building their nests in gutters. After all, there’s a ready supply of building material close at hand! Gutter guards keep these critters out, forcing them to nest elsewhere.
Eliminate stagnant water. Gutter guards help eliminate stagnant water in your gutters by maintaining a clear channel for water to move through. Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Pooled water can also back up into the house, causing damage to either the drywall or the siding. Gutter guards help prevent all this from happening by blocking out most of the larger debris that could get caught and dam up gutters.
Extend the life of your gutters. An effective gutter guard system ensures that your gutters get to do the job they were designed to do: channel water off the roof and out away from the foundation of the house. Gutters that are often clogged up with debris wear out faster. Long-standing water puddles and rotting piles of dirt, leaves, and other organic matter cause gutters to rust prematurely, which could result in a complete gutter replacement job – a much more expensive proposition than installing gutter guards alone.
Extra fire protection. Gutter guards can help protect your house in the event of a brush fire. Embers can fly a long distance on the wind. Since gutter guards help prevent the build-up of dry leaves and sticks in your gutters, they can also help protect your home in the event of a fire by not giving flying embers any fuel to ignite.
Your Hometown Gutter Guard Installation Company
If you’re still on the fence about whether to install gutter guards on your Prairie Village or Leawood home, talk to some of your neighbors who have had them installed, and see what they say. Then give the experts at Energy Pro a call. Here at Energy Pro, we’ve served homeowners’ window, siding, and gutter guard needs in the Kansas City market for the past 16 years. Our work crews are licensed, bonded professionals who work directly for us; you won’t see any subcontractors on the job. They have years of experience and can answer all your questions during the installation of your new gutter guards.
Energy Pro offers three of the top gutter guard systems on the market: Bulldog, K-Screen, and Leaf Sentry. We’re happy to come out and provide an estimate on gutter guard installation for your Kansas City home. Give us a call today!