Most homeowners know the importance of keeping gutters cleaned and cleared of debris: Clogged gutters can cause rotting rooflines and gutter overflows that destroy landscaping and damage foundations. Beyond that, clogged gutters serve as a standing point for animal waste and insects. Gutter guards can keep your home safe from animal and insect infestations.
Every homeowner dreads the thought of an animal infestation. No one wants to hear the telltale rustle in the attic, ceiling or walls that can indicate that rodents have gained access to your living spaces. Believe it or not, installing gutter guards can help keep pests out of your home. Many of the animals that will make their way into the walls and eaves of your home are climbers who will seek safe pathways to your homes weak points. Unguarded gutters can provide a food source to those animals — especially opportunistic squirrels — and allow them to crawl along the gutters to access your home’s interior. Birds also love to nest in unguarded gutters. The nest itself can cause your gutters to become clogged, causing water damage to your roof, walls or foundation. The weight of the nests can damage the gutter and cause them to become detached from your roofline.
Additionally, if you have ever cleaned your own gutters, you know that there can be a questionable sludge that collects at the bottom of dirty gutters. As unpleasant as it is to admit, that sludge likely contains animal and bird feces. Gutters have been known to harbor a fungus carried by pigeons that is harmful to human health. Gutter guards can save you from these health hazards. If you are cleaning out your unguarded gutters yourself, you should be wearing disposable gloves to keep your hands protected.
With the proliferation of West Nile Virus, we are used to warnings about leaving standing water in our yards, as they provide breeding grounds to mosquitoes. Your unguarded gutters can provide the perfect breeding ground for a host of insects as blockages and water build up between cleanings. In addition to mosquitoes, the moist habitat of gutters can serve as a breeding ground to other undesirable insects, including damaging termites, cockroaches and earwigs.
Protect your gutters with SafeGuard
If you want to protect your home and your gutters from animal and insect infestations — and if you hate the regular chore of cleaning out your gutters — call the Gutterman of TN to talk about a gutter guard system today! SafeGuard gutter covers feature aluminum framing and stainless steel mesh to keep debris, animals and animal waste out of your gutters. SafeGuard can be attached to existing gutters, or they can be installed as a complete seamless gutter system. If you are paying to have someone clean your gutters, gutter guards will pay for themselves over time!