Put A Cover On Them: 4 Reasons To Add Covers To Your Gutters

Posted on: 5 January 2019

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If you're going to have gutters installed on your home, don't forget to include the covers. Gutter covers add an extra layer of protection for your home. Gutter covers aren't hard to install either. In fact, they fit right over the top of your gutters. They have drainage slots, which means water can get through, but the debris can't. Here are some benefits you'll receive from installing covers on your gutters.

1. Keep the Pests Away

When you own a home, you need to be on the lookout for pest problems. There are a wide variety of paths that pests will take to gain access to your home. One path that pests like to take is right through your gutters. If you don't have covers, pests like mice and roof rats will build their nests inside the gutters. From there, they'll travel through to your attic or rooftop vents to get inside your home. When you install covers on your gutters, you make it nearly impossible for mice and roof rats to get inside, which blocks off an access point to your home.

2. Prevents Ice Damage

If you deal with freezing temperatures on a regular basis, you need the added protection that gutter covers can provide. Leaving your gutters exposed to the freezing temperatures creates the perfect environment for ice dams. As the water overflows from the gutters, it saturates your shingles. Once the water freezes, it expands under the shingles and along the eave. Each freeze/thaw/freeze cycle increases the damage that's done to your home. Gutter covers prevent the overflow situation, which eliminates the freeze/thaw/freeze cycle.

3. Reduce Fire Danger

You might not realize this, but exposed gutters increases your risk of fire damage. Dried leaves and debris inside the gutters can ignite and when it does, it will spread to your home. Even if you don't have trees in your yard, birds can deposit debris in your gutters, especially if they use the space to build their nests. One of the benefits of gutter covers is that it keeps the debris out of your gutters, which reduces the fire danger.

4. Eliminate Gutter Cleaning

There's nothing fun about climbing on the ladder each spring to clean out your gutters. If you have covers on your gutters, you can eliminate the need for that project. Once your covers are in place, leaves and other debris won't be able to collect inside your gutters, which means you won't need to clean them out.