You may be wondering if it is worth the money to install a gutter guard system on your house. Before you make that decision, you need to understand what the benefits of a gutter guard system are. If your gutters worked in a perfect world, the water would run off of your roof when it rained into the gutters. It would then travel to the downspouts and to the drainage system on the ground. The gutters would remain spotless all the time because all that would ever run through them would be rain water. But we do not live in a perfect world. In the real world the rain water in contaminated with dirt from the roof and the gutter fill up with things other than water. Leaves, pine needles, acorns, twigs, and other debris find their way into your gutter system.
As your gutters fill up with these other things, they get wet as rain water runs through the gutters. Leaving damp organic material sitting in the warm sun is the perfect environment for mold and mildew to form. You not only have to clear your gutters of the debris, but you need to scrub them because of the mold and mildew that forms in between cleanings.
Gutter guard systems can help you avoid all that. If leaves and debris never pile up then there is less of a chance that mold and mildew will form. Gutter guards will save you time and energy in terms of how often you need to clean your gutters. In addition, they offer you a way to avoid the dangers of working on a ladder and coming into contact with possibly dangerous mold spores.
And believe it or not, over the lifetime of your gutters, gutter guards will save you money. You might pay a gutter cleaning service $200 to clean your gutters twice a year. Even the most expensive gutter protection systems cost only $3,000. That means you will have paid for the gutter protection in less than ten years. In addition, gutter guards add curb appeal to your home so they will help with resale value. That can be invaluable in hard economic times.