Are Gutter Guards Worth The Investment?
Gutter Guards Protect Your Home
Gutter guards are one of the most important preventative measures you can take to protect your home from moisture damage. They are not all created equal however. When it comes to doing a DIY gutter guard project I understand the desire to work on your own home, save money, and have a sense of accomplishment when you’re done.
The problem is with the quality of the product you can purchase. If you’re looking to a big-box home store for gutter protection, don’t waste your time or money. They just don’t have products that actually work. Ok, they may work for a year, maybe even two if your lucky but long-term their gutter guards are worthless.
If you watched the video on this page you’ll see that we’re removing old, inferior gutter guards before installing our high-quality Bulldog Brand product. If you want a true 25 year warrenty spend a little more money and have Neptune Clean professionally install the gutter guards for you.
You do have other options for professionally installed gutter protection but you’ll pay more than double by going with the national brand with the huge advertising budget. Of course they do have a good product, I just feel they price-point doesn’t match the value added. As a homeowner myself, I encourage you to do your research. Let Neptune Clean quote your gutter guards project along with the national brands and see what I’m talking about.
We use a high quality product sourced from a local professional building supplier who guarantees them to keep your gutters clean for 25 years. I’ve personally installed a few thousand linear feet of this product and I’ve never been called back for a clog.
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Should You Invest in Gutter Guards?
If you’re reading this article, then you’ve probably noticed that your gutters aren’t doing their job quite as well as they should be. Over time, leaves and pine needles can get clogged in the gutter and cause water to overflow into your yard, potentially causing major damage if left unaddressed for too long. To protect your home and landscaping from water damage, invest in gutter guards today!
Do I need gutter guards?
If you’re on a limited budget, or just don’t see yourself ever needing to clean your gutters, gutter guards may not be worth investing in. However, if you have a large tree that sheds leaves throughout the year—or live in an area with lots of rain and snow—gutter guards can save you time and money by keeping debris out of your gutters. Also, while they aren’t cheap (the average cost is $1 per linear foot), they are very affordable compared to replacing damaged gutters after a big storm!
When do I need them installed?
The first thing to think about is when it’s best to install gutter guards. If you have enough leaves and debris that they start to clog your gutters, then it’s probably a good idea. However, if you don’t have any debris buildup and plan on doing seasonal leaf removal, then investing in these gutter guards might not be worth it for you. It all depends on how quickly your gutters fill up or how quickly leaves begin to fall from your trees.
Do I need professional installation?
This depends on several factors. First is safety. Are you comfortable working off the ground on a ladder? If you can’t be bothered to hire a professional to install your gutter guards, there’s always do-it-yourself options. They are relatively easy to install unless your gutters need repair. You’ve got to start with straight gutters so some repair might be in order. Still, if you choose to DIY, I recommend hiring a gutter professional or handyman to check over your work. It could save you hundreds of dollars down the road if they catch an installation error now rather than months from now when it starts leaking or clogging.
How much will it cost to install them myself?
If you don’t want to hire a professional for any reason, it can be very costly to invest in gutter guards yourself. While DIY options are available, you can still expect to pay at least $500 for materials alone, as well as hours of labor time cleaning and installing them. The exact cost depends on your roof type and size. That’s not to mention having them professionally installed will give you peace of mind that they won’t come off accidentally or be poorly fitted.
Will it stop debris from building up in my gutters?
As a rule of thumb, you should never buy anything that doesn’t solve a problem you have. So if your gutters haven’t been cleaned regularly, maybe it’s time to invest in gutter guards. If they aren’t clogged up and debris-free, you might not even need them. To answer this question, yes, gutter guards installed by Neptune Clean are guaranteed against clogging for 25 years.
What’s the best brand to use?
Not all gutter guards are created equal. Depending on your home’s layout, it may be necessary to purchase a specific brand. Before deciding which guard is best for you, ask a professional who has worked with the big-box store (DIY) brands and professionally installed gutter guards. Those with first-hand experience will be able to tell you how well each brand protects against rain-related damage and how easy each type of guard is to install.
How long should they last, and what can wear out first?
As mentioned earlier in this post, our professionally installed gutter guards are guaranteed never to clog for 25 years. They are made of high-quality aluminum, so they don’t rust or deteriorate. The cheaper DIY brands you find at the big box home stores are made of plastic and deteriorate quickly with exposure to the elements.