The Importance of Gutter Guards
Gutters are one of the most important parts of your roofing system. Without it, roofs would be unable to channel rainwater efficiently and that could cause problems such as roof leaks, window leaks, deterioration and even foundation shifting. For this very reason, your gutters should be properly maintained and protected. Solid debris such as twigs and leaves can (and will) easily clog your gutter troughs after inclement weather. This clogging will render your gutters useless. The best way to defend against such a hazard is with the use of a gutter guard. Gutter guards help protect your guttering system, keeping it functioning properly and making maintenance easier too. This is especially helpful in seasons such as autumn and winter when Burke rooftops are frequently exposed to snow and leaves.
When these leaves and other debris finds their way into your gutter trough, the clogging can cause stoppage of water flow. Your roof slope would normally be routing water into the trough and then to a downspout, but if it is clogged, the water will likely spill over or just accumulate at the lip of the gutter on your roof. This can cause the roofing deck to experience water infiltration. Also, as the runoff pours down your home, it may exploit weaknesses in your window frame. Backsplash will also cause unsightly mud stains on your siding. The biggest threat, however, to not using a gutter guard is the softening of the ground around your foundation. This could, eventually cause your foundation to shift.
A gutter guard is a metal grate that sits on top of your gutter trough. The grate only allows water through, stopping the invasion of leaves and other debris. The guard is a very simple and inexpensive addition to your gutters, but it will keep the hassle of gutter maintenance to a minimum. Furthermore, with properly functioning gutters, the cost you save from not having to deal with leak or foundation problems is tremendous compared to the price of gutter guard installation. This is why gutters and gutter guards are a popular choice among Burke homeowners.
If you currently don’t utilize a gutter guard (or a gutter for that matter), you should contact a certified Burke gutter specialist. A quality rain gutter installation expert will have a wide variety of gutter guards that will fit your gutter trough perfectly. They will also be able to install it quickly and at an affordable price.