The answer to that question truly depends on your specific situation. We won’t sell you something you don’t need, but a lot of folks do greatly benefit from the installation of gutter guards.
Are you currently cleaning your gutters multiple times per year? If so, yes, gutter guard installation is a great solution to eliminate frequent cleanings, wear and tear on your roof, dangerous ladder use, and worry about clogged downspouts.
Are you aging and want to limit home maintenance tasks? If so, yes, gutter guard installation is a wise choice to give you piece of mind that the gutter system is protected and issues won’t arise during the rainy season.
Are you a busy family who would rather spend time traveling, playing at the beach, and attending kids sporting events on weekends than cleaning your gutters and downspouts? If so, yes, gutter guard installation will give you more free time and reduce your home maintenance projects.
Do you own a rental property and want to know the gutters are working properly when you can’t be there in the middle of the night or don’t want to be? If so, a quality gutter guard will give you peace of mind that your gutter system is working properly.
Most commonly, gutter guards are installed under the first row of shingles and screwed into the lip of the gutter using sheet metal screws. Some installations will require screws at the back of the gutter as well as into the lip using sheet metal screws.
All installations take into careful consideration the existing roof and gutter system details to determine the proper materials and installation techniques to use.
Poor quality gutter guards allow debris to pass through and need ongoing maintenance. This is the case for many plastic and metal mesh gutter guards that can be purchased at a home improvement store. Usually these types of guards have fairly large holes that allow debris through or larger debris gets stuck in the holes, blocking the proper flow of water. These types of guards give false piece of mind that the gutters are protected.
Gutters that are protected with a high quality micro-mesh style gutter guard do not require regular cleanings. The products are designed and installed to be self-shedding, allowing any debris sitting on top of the guard to naturally move off in rain and wind. Should a build up occur, we can offer a nominally priced service to clear the roof and top of the gutter guards.
Valor and Leaf Defender are both high quality micro-mesh style gutter guards made in California.
Valor’s design of stainless steel micro-mesh that sits in a rigid, louver frame offers superior durability. The S-curve design captures high flow water while directing debris off the guard. Valor offers multiple color and frame material options. There are options to customize the installation, like corner seam covers, Melt-Away and Moss-Away, different mesh sizes, and inside and outside miters for a more finished look and better performance.
Leaf Defender is made of raised-ridge stainless steel micro-mesh with a lightweight aluminum frame.
High-quality micro-mesh gutter guards will keep your gutters free of debris without the need for regular cleanings. Other plastic and metal gutter covers allow some debris to pass through or trap large debris in their large holes, offering false piece of mind and an expenditure that doesn’t give you a return on the investment if you’re still cleaning the gutters. Plastic gutter guards warp and crack after sun exposure. Remember, PVC is a plastic, so don’t be fooled by claims that PVC gutter guards will hold up over time. Solid gutter cover styles don’t properly direct the flow of water off the roof and can void the warranty if they are removed for cleaning when debris inevitably gets into the gutter cavity due to their poor design. Brush-style gutter inserts are ineffective and increase your maintenance costs as they still require regular gutter cleanings that are highly labor intensive.
High quality, metal framed, micro-mesh gutter guards are durable and fire retardant. They will not warp, crack, or melt. Valor and Leaf Defender gutter guards are WUI compliant for installation on new builds where gutter covers are required, as well as the best choice for areas that are prone to wildfire danger.
Detailed window frame and track cleaning includes cleaning all visible and non-visible tracks and frames. To do so, we open the window and clean all the nooks and crannies with a variety of specialized tools. This is a line item that can be listed on your estimate to consider along with glass cleaning. Additional charges may apply if windows need to be taken apart to clean tracks or frames or if bleach is needed to clean mold on and around frames.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions about track and frame cleaning.