Cleaning your gutters once a year isn’t enough to protect them if you don’t have gutter guards. Leaves fall by the scores during the autumn season in the Eastern and Midwest climates. The leaves can fill your gutters in one day making it impossible for rain water to travel to the downspout out to the ground away from your home.
Since the water has nowhere to go, it runs down the side of your home causing leaks to your ceiling and walls and can lead to a cracked foundation costing the homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs that could have been avoided.
When snow hits, it puts tremendous weight on the gutters causing them to sag and pull away from the fascia board. The snow alone will destroy them without protection. Gutter protection will keep most of the debris and twigs out as well as the snow and ice.
There was an incident in Ohio where a single woman bought an older home that was remodeled and totally updated. She called a handyman to clean her gutters and she took his word for it because she didn’t want to climb the ladder to check his work and he knew she wouldn’t.
The gutters were fine but they weren’t protected so they were clogged up and the water from rain, melted ice and snow had nowhere to go. She had some damage to her ceiling and her basement was damp.
Her son came into town and checked her gutters and told her she need something to filter out the debris so the water would not damage her home. She called a specialist, they came out and inspected her gutters and told her about gutter protection. She had them do the work and her gutters didn’t give her any problem after that.
She was lucky with minimal damage and had her basement dried out and her ceiling fixed. She learned her lesson not to call a handyman to do a job that’s meant for the professionals. The specialist explained the difference in gutter guards and how they’re not all the same.
She had a top quality gutter guard system installed with a lifetime warranty including annual gutter cleaning. She learned that not all gutter systems are created equal and protection is important for a safe home. If she would have waited and ignored her gutter problem, she would probably be facing a few thousand dollars in home repair bills.