When it comes to gutter installations, this is the question on everyone’s mind: Are gutter covers worth it? According to Frank Heneghan, owner of CT Gutter & Exteriors, the answer really depends on the individual. Whether for a home or business, gutter covers can be effective at keeping gutters clear and preventing clogging. Nonetheless, once installation cost, maintenance, longevity, and savings on cleanings are factored in, the decision can go both ways.
Quality Gutter Guards
Gutter covers, or gutter guards, are a large investment and depending on the brand, their effectiveness may not be worth the money. There are many ineffective gutter guard brands out there, but there are also many quality brands—make sure your gutter installer sticks with quality gutter guards or else your investment may be a waste. CT Gutter & Exteriors uses Gutter Warrior when installing guards for homes and businesses because the brand offers strength, durability, and effectiveness. Their gutter guards’ quality is shown in the following facts:
- .019” of thick, strong aluminum
- No weak spots
- Holds up to 858 lbs. (while standard guards are irreparably damaged by snow at 357 lbs.)
- Superior drainage rate of 29.7” per hour
- Blocks out leaves and debris to prevent clogging
- Won’t overflow
- 50-Year Transferable Warranty
- 10-Year No Clog and No Overflow Warranty
Making The Investment
One drawback to gutter cover installation is the price tag—it can cost about $2,000 to install quality gutter guards. While gutter cleaning services can cost you about $250 per cleaning, you could end up paying more if leaves and debris cause a blockage in your ground drains or in the elbows of your downspout. If you do the math, in eight gutter cleanings you would have already paid for the installation. Is it worth paying the upfront cost of a gutter guard installation to prevent damage and avoid annual cleaning costs? It’s up to you.
Everything Requires Some Form of Maintenance
While some people may market gutter guards as a maintenance-free addition to your home, Frank Heneghan says there is no such thing as maintenance-free gutter guards. Yes, they don’t require regular cleanings like non-covered gutters, but gutter guards do need minor maintenance over the years to keep them in top shape. For Gutter Warrior products, the surface of the guard should be dusted off every four to five years.