Are Leaf Gutter Guards Right for Your Home?
Signs Your Home Might Need Gutter Guards
Many homeowners may wonder if their house needs leaf gutter guards. The gutters on your home are designed to channel efficiently from the roof to the ground. When gutters fill with leaves, they can no longer drain water, potentially causing many issues for your home. How do you know if gutter guards are a good fit for your home? How much is the gutter guard installation cost? Find the answers below.
Signs Your Home May Need Leaf Gutter Guards
While gutter guards aren’t right for every home, some structures significantly benefit from them. Here’s a few signs that they might be a necessity for your house:
- There are large trees or pine trees near the home
- Leaves accumulated on and in the valleys of the roof (this debris will likely make its way into the gutters).
- Black striping on the outside of the gutters (these stripes are caused by water overflowing from the gutters).
4. If your home has underground drains, such as french drains, debris is going to make its way into your underground drains without leaf gutter guards. Inevitably once enough debris gets into the underground drain system it will cause a blockage, making the underground drains useless—which is a very costly system to repair.
Gutter Guard Installation Cost
Gutter guards can be expensive to install on your home, however, it’s worth investing in a quality system. While some homeowners opt for DIY solutions which can be bought for as low as $1/foot, these will likely fail very quickly and aren’t recommended by any reputable contractor. When comparing leaf gutter guard products, it’s very rarely comparing apples to apples as many products vary in quality and warranty.
A high grade micro mesh product will cost between $10-$15 per foot for installation. At this price point, the majority of homes will have a whole house installation cost of $1500-$3000 for a gutter guard installation, depending on the linear feet of gutters they have. Some higher end products such as 1 piece systems can cost up to $30-$50 a foot. The average home has between 150-250 feet of gutters, so homeowners can get an idea of their gutter guard installation cost by multiplying their gutter footage by the price per foot of a product.
If you’re concerned about your home experiencing any of these signs, or want an expert opinion on your gutter system, contact Labor Panes. Our team would be more than happy to provide a detailed assessment of your home’s gutter system and help you decide if leaf gutter guards are right for your home.