GUTTER GUARD INSTALLATION IN SYKESVILLE, MD
My Gutter Doctor is one of the top service providers for Gutter Guard Installation in Sykesville, MD and the rest of Montgomery County.
Protect your home from water damages caused by clogged gutters by installing leaf protection to your existing gutters. By preventing leaves from entering the gutter system, all chances of clogs to form are eliminated.
To top it off, Gutter Guard Installation could be a more cost efficient solution for homes that require multiple gutter cleanings every year. Especially when the gutters need to be cleaned 3 or more times per year.
Scroll below to learn if Gutter Guard Installation can save you money.
WHAT ARE GUTTER GUARDS?
Gutter guards are basically covers, caps, or lids that are installed to the tops of gutters. They are designed to keep leaves and other debris out of the gutter system. By keeping the gutters free and clear of debris the water will always be able to drain properly.
Gutter Guards is one of many names for Leaf Protection Systems. They commonly go by other names such as Gutter Covers, Gutter Screens, Gutter Helmets, Leaf Guards, or Leaf Filters. All of these names are for covers designed to keep leaves from entering the gutter system.
The different styles of leaf protection systems can be quite confusing for a home owner researching for the first time. The good news is that My Gutter Doctor has tested every style of gutter guard on the market. Therefore we were able to narrow it down to one product that stands out above the rest. And that is the Perforated Aluminum Gutter Cover.
BENEFITS OF GUTTER GUARD INSTALLATION
PREVENTS GUTTER AND DOWNSPOUT CLOGS
SAVES MONEY LONG TERM
PREVENTS PEST INFESTATIONS
PEACE OF MIND
GUTTER GUARD INSTALLATION WILL PREVENT DOWNSPOUT CLOGS
Effective gutter guards are designed to block out all larger debris from entering the gutter system.
All downspout clogs are the result of larger debris becoming lodged in the downspout. Once a couple pieces of larger debris become entangled more and debris starts to collect until a blockage is formed. These blockages block the flow of water which results in gutters overflowing and leaking.
By preventing all larger debris from entering the gutter system, downspout clogs are permanently blocked.
SAVE MONEY LONG TERM WITH GUTTER GUARD INSTALLATION
Gutter guards are often a more cost efficient option for homes that require multiple gutter cleaning services every year.
If you are not able to reach the gutters yourself to clean them, than those multiple services every year can really add up. It may be worth considering the option of having leaf protection installed, to find out if you will save money over time.
No gutter guard system on the market is completely maintenance free. As of 2023, there still aren’t any “perfect gutter covers” that you can completely forget about forever.
Once leaves and other tree debris land on the roof, they make their way down to the gutters. If there are covers on the gutters then the leaves will pile on tops of the covers until they are able to blow or wash away. Areas that the wind does not get to, or that stay damp because of no sun light, may see small amounts of debris accumulation.
Fortunately, the style that we use (perforated aluminum gutter covers) are very easy to maintain. Most leaves or other debris are able to blow off of the covers. Whatever is left is easily blown away by a leaf blower, a garden hose, or even a pool skimmer.
PREVENTS PEST INFESTATIONS
Gutter guards are a great solution to gutters that are frequented by birds and/or squirrels. Once a gutter has been tagged by a bird, they will keep returning there year after year. Installing gutter covers to the gutters the birds return to will deter them from your home. In addition squirrels that are attracted to your gutters can also be locked out with gutter guards.
Other pests like mosquitos are attracted to the stagnant water that sits in clogged gutters. When the water can’t drain from the gutters, it is stuck there until it evaporates. This sitting water can become a breeding ground for many types of insects.
PEACE OF MIND
Saving money on potential home repairs is always a soothing feeling.
Knowing that the gutter system has a zero chance of ever clogging or overflowing again brings great peace of mind to home owners. Especially ones that have had to deal with expensive home repairs related to clogged gutter systems. Or homeowners that have to worry about scheduling multiple services every year.
CLOGGED GUTTERS OR DOWNSPOUTS CAUSE:
- FOUNDATION DAMAGE
- BASEMENT LEAKS OR FLOODS
- FASCIA BOARD OR SOFFIT DAMAGE
- DAMAGES TO THE ROOFING EAVE
- GUTTER REPAIRS
The purpose of gutter systems is to divert rain water away from your home’s exterior and foundation. However when gutters or downspouts become clogged the water is not able to drain properly, which results in leaks and overflows.
Water splashing too close to the home’s perimeter slowly wears and washes away at the foundation. This leads to foundational damages and basement leaks. In fact, gutters were invented to safely take the water away from the home’s perimeter and prevent this from happening.
Most common damages to gutter systems that require repairs are the direct results of clogged gutters and downspouts. In addition most common fascia board or soffit repairs are the direct results of not taking care of those same gutter repairs.
Therefore by eliminating the chance of clogs to form you prevent these damages from occurring. CLICK HERE to learn more about the importance of clean gutters.
PERFORATED ALUMINUM GUTTER COVERS
For Gutter Guard Installation in Sykesville, or anywhere else in Maryland, we suggest and use Perforated Aluminum Gutter Covers.
We used to offer a variety of styles of gutter guards here at My Gutter Doctor. However, over time we have gotten rid of any styles that are not effective or were problematic in some cases. Through this trial and error process we were only able to pick out one product that we can stand behind.
As previously mentioned, perforated aluminum gutter covers are the style that we use and recommend for almost all situations. And the simplest way to explain why, is that they perform the best in every way. Learn more about why these are the top choice for gutter guard installation in Sykesville.
PERFORATED ALUMINUM GUTTER COVERS ARE #1 BECAUSE:
- AFFORDABILITY – BEST OVERALL PRICE POINT
- DURABILITY – RUST PROOF/BUILT TO LAST
- EFFICIENCY – HIGH WATER ABSORPTION
- CLOG PROOF – NO DEBRIS GETS IN
- DOES NOT TAMPER WITH SHINGLES
- COMPATABLE WITH CURRENT HANGERS/BRACKETS/SPIKES
- NOT VISIBLE FROM GROUND
- EASY REMOVAL/RE-INSTALLATION
Perforated Aluminum Gutter Covers are the current industry standard for leaf protection. Affordability, durability, and efficiency are three of the top reasons why they stand out above the competition. To learn more about perforated aluminum gutter covers, please visit our Gutter Guards page.
Perforated aluminum gutter guards are an easy choice once you compare their prices to bigger name brand gutter cover companies such as Leaf Guard or Leaf Filter. These are roughly 1/3 to 1/4 the price.
If installed properly this product can be the most damage resistant of all styles of gutter guards. Manufactured with 100% heavy duty aluminum, these gutter guards are rust proof and built to last a long time.
In addition to being a cheaper and longer lasting, they also allow more water into the gutter system than most styles of gutter guards. We use the brands with wider sized holes to allow the most water into the gutters.
PRODUCT AND WARRANTY INFORMATION
All Gutter or Gutter Guard Installations with My Gutter Doctor include our 3 Year Service Warranty. In addition, the products also include 25 Year Manufacturer’s Warranties.
As of 2023 we are exclusively using perforated aluminum gutter guards by the the brands Shur Flo and Leaf Relief. Click the links to learn more about the products and/or manufacturer warranties.
GUTTER GUARD INSTALLATION F.A.Q.’s
“How Much Do Gutter Guards Cost?”
The price for gutter guard installation varies by the product and the difficulty level of the job. Bigger name brands, such as Leaf Filter or Leaf Guard, can cost up to $25-$30 per linear foot. So a home with about 100 ft. of gutter would cost around $2500-$3000 for leaf filter covers.
Perforated Aluminum Gutter Guard Installation from My Gutter Doctor typically runs between $7 and $9 per linear ft. Therefore, if the home had about 100 ft. of gutters it would cost between $700 and $900 for gutter guard installation. This price includes installation of the covers and the cleaning of the gutters and downspouts beforehand.
“Will Gutter Guard Installation Save Me Money?”
The best way to determine if you will save money with gutter guard installation, is to factor up your yearly cost of gutter cleaning services.
For example, let’s say your home require two gutter cleaning services at $150 each per year. That means you would spend roughly $300 per year on gutter cleanings. Now if Gutter Guard Installation for the same home cost $1,500, then that means the gutter guards would take about 5 years to pay for themselves. ($300 x 5 = $1,500)
In our opinion, if gutter guard installation can pay for itself in less than 5 years than it is a great investment. On the other hand if it were to take 10 years or more we would say that probably isn’t a good investment.
“Does Gutter Guard Installation Include Removing The Gutter Debris, Or Is That A Separate Charge?”
Yes! We clean all debris from all gutters and downspouts before installing gutter guards/gutter covers. That way we verified the system is clean and clear before sealing it up. This guarantees there will never be a clog in the gutters again.
“Are Perforated Aluminum Gutter Covers Effective Against Pine Needles?”
Minimal amounts of pine needles are able to get through the small holes of perforated aluminum gutter covers. However, as long as the gutters are pitched properly the pine needles will automatically flush out the next time it rains.
Unfortunately no gutter covers are 100% effective against pine needles. Homes with excessive amounts of pine needles may experience pine them piling up along the roofing eave , with any style of gutter cover.
“Are Gutter Covers Maintenance Free?”
One common misconception homeowners have is that once they install gutter guards they can forget about their gutters and roof. Unfortunately that is not the case. You will still need to keep an eye on the debris that will accumulate on the gutter guards/roofing eave.
The covers are designed so that wind and water clear are able to clear the covers. However, there may be problem areas where wind doesn’t get to like corners that some debris may pile up.
“Are Perforated Aluminum Gutter Guards Effective During Heavy Rains?”
One downside to most gutter covers is that during heavy rains some water tends to glide over the gutters instead of going in.
During heavy rains and torrential downpours no style of gutter cover is going to efficiently handle all of the rain. Especially on homes with metal roofs, composite roofs, mansard roofs, or just steep roofs in general. The problem is the water gets too much speed coming down the roof that it keeps the momentum going once it reaches the covers. Problem areas such as inside corners may require splash guards to prevent water from running over the gutter covers.
We have specifically sourced out the brands that feature the biggest sized holes. That way they are able to absorb the most amounts of water into the gutter system.
“Does Gutter Guard Installation Include Free Return Services To Clean The Debris From The Covers?”
The installation does not include any type of return services to remove debris that may sit on the covers over time.
However, we do offer discounted prices for gutter cover debris removal services. They are typically about half the cost of a normal gutter cleaning service. CLICK HERE to learn more about gutter cleaning services.
Does My Gutter Doctor Suggest Gutter Guard Installation in Sykesville, MD?
We only suggest Gutter Guard Installation in Sykesville, or anywhere else in Maryland, when they are able to save you money.
Do Perforated Aluminum Gutter Guards Go Under The Shingles In Any Way?
No. The gutter covers that we use do not tamper with the shingles in any way. They mount directly to the tops of the gutters.
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