As a homeowner, you are likely always thinking about one part of your house or another as far as what needs maintenance next. One area towards the top of your house that you probably spend at least some time on each season is your gutters and downspouts. If you want to make your life a little easier and prolong the life of your gutters, one possible solution would be the installation of a gutter cover or two. Here's how gutter covers can assist you as a homeowner.
Gutter Covers Keep Debris Out
Currently, the reason you have to climb up to your gutters at least two to three times a year is to clean out all of the leaves and other debris that can end up inside the gutter system. When gutter guards or covers are installed, water will still be able to drain off of the roof but bigger debris like leaves will be blocked from getting in.
Less Debris in your Gutters Means Fewer Trips Up the Ladder
When your gutters don't clog as often, you won't have to climb up towards your roof as often either. This means fewer trips to the garage or shed to drag out the ladder and fewer times having to ask your spouse or a neighbor to spot you while you climb up to the top. No one actually likes having to go up to the roof; you do it just because it's your responsibility as a homeowner. With gutter guards in place, you won't have to worry about this as much.
Keeping Your Gutters Clog-Free Can Prevent Freezing Issues in the Winter
When your gutters aren't covered and debris gets in, that debris can stop the flow of water as it moves through the gutter system. When water slows, it becomes easier for it to freeze. As fall eventually turns into winter, it will become easier and easier for your gutters to freeze over. A frozen section of the gutter in the wrong spot might even damage your roofing shingles.
Gutter Covers Can Prevent Rust in the Long Run
Another long-term problem that can arise from water constantly getting slowed or clogged inside your gutters is that all of that lingering moisture or wetness may eventually promote the development of rust. A rusted-out gutter will need to be replaced, and it won't be cheap. A gutter cover is much less expensive and will expand the lifespan of your gutter system for possibly years.