Frequently Asked Questions About Gutters
How do I know when to replace my gutters?
There are some general signs that indicate you need new gutters. These signs can consist of sagging or pulling, discontinuous sections, an exposed fascia, chipping or peeling paint, wood rot to the fascia, and pooling water. Another thing to keep an eye on is the age of your gutters. If you notice any of the signs, then we suggest reaching out the professionals at LeafGuard of Eastern Washington.
Do I need covers even though I routinely clean my gutters?
Even if you regularly clean your gutters throughout the year, we still recommend using a form of gutter protection, preferably covers. The reason for this is because you may not always catch the clog in time, which can be quite costly in the long run. Another reason is that homeowners usually don’t bother with cleaning their gutters unless they have reason to believe it’s clogged. Lastly, gutter covers will dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend on home maintenance, which makes it easier to do the things you really enjoy. The LeafGuard gutters we carry incorporate a cover in its design so you don’t have to worry about it blowing off with heavy winds.
How long do LeafGuard gutters last?
The LeafGuard system is created using .032 gauge heavy-duty aluminum, resulting in a gutter that is 20% thicker than standard gutters. The addition of the non-corrosive internal hangers gives our gutters more strength and durability, which results in a longer lifespan. We also incorporate ScratchGuard® paint finish to preserve the paint on your gutters so they’re not susceptible to scratches, chips, or peeling.
How do gutters keep my home safe from damage?
Gutters protect your home from rainwater that runs off of your roof to cause damage to your landscape and foundation. Clogged gutters are also known major culprits when it comes to damaging your home’s fascia and roofing foundation with wood rot.
How do gutters keep my foundation safe?
Foundation damage can be the result of water pooling at the base of your home. If this is allowed to happen, the water will saturate the soil and cause it to expand. This puts pressure on the walls of your foundation, causing them to crack. Once the soil dries and contracts, your home can become destabilized and structurally unsound.
What if I install the gutters myself?
Installing gutters on your own is not unheard of but we advise against it. An improper gutter installation can lead to a variety of problems, including an exposed fascia that can result in wood rot. It can also lead to inefficient rainwater management, which completely defeats the purpose of having gutters. It’s best to avoid issues like these altogether and have professionals like the ones at LeafGuard of Eastern Washington perform your gutter installation.
Are LeafGuard gutters actually clog-free system?
Yes. Our LeafGuard gutters are designed to remain clog-free throughout their lifespan and even come with a clog-free guarantee. This means that if your gutter system does become clogged, then we will personally come out to your home and clean it out or repair it for free.
Will LeafGuard void my roofing warranty?
No. The LeafGuard system installs directly to your fascia board and doesn’t ever come in contact with shingles. Aftermarket gutter protection products typically require placement under the first or second row of shingles but our curved hood is built into the gutter so it never has to touch your roof.
Is there a benefit to the on-site formation?
On-site formation is common with most varieties of seamless gutters. This is because they use one piece extruded aluminum that requires the exact measurements of your home, unlike sectional systems. Not only does this create a perfect fit for your new gutter system, it also provides a quick turnaround time so you can have high-quality gutter system quicker.
Will LeafGuard affect my home’s curb appeal?
Yes, but in a good way. Our gutters are designed to have a soft curvature at the hood and edges to create an aesthetic that is pleasant to you and onlookers alike. Furthermore, the low-profile complements the architecture of most homes so that it doesn’t look like a gaudy afterthought. We also have custom colors that can make your gutters meet the aesthetic look you desire.