If you want your home's foundation to remain intact, you'll need to protect against water that seeps into the area next to the foundation and causes cracks. Gutters are the best defense against this, but despite the fact that they are extremely convenient and simple to maintain, cleaning them has always been a little bit of a chore. Failure to do so can result in water buildup on your roof line as well as damage to the structural support of your roof.
Gutter guard installations provide an excellent way to protect against the debris that can come into your home, and even though putting them on your home is relatively easy (at least compared to some other home maintenance activities), most homeowners prefer a professional do it for them for the reasons outlined below.
Every year, thousands of people go to the hospital with fall-related injuries, not a few of which come by falling off of a ladder at their home. Depending on the size of your house, installing gutters can require you to go 10 or more feet in the air, which is plenty of height to break a leg or even become paralyzed if you fall. Since gutter guards need to be installed around the entire perimeter of your home, it's a good idea to leave this installation up to a professional that has experience.
Some gutter covers actually have it in their contract to be installed by professional in order to ensure that the warranty stays intact. Improper installation can lead to the product becoming defective, which can then force the homeowners to try and hold the gutter company liable in the event of a roof or foundation repair. Professional installation removes this obstacle and takes care of any problems that may be encountered by your gutter guard installation.
There are a variety of gutter guards on the market today, from mesh to slanted covers that only allow water to pass through. In order for these to work, they have to be installed exactly right, since even the littlest bit of misalignment can cause debris to build up over time. This sends the homeowner back up on the ladder to not only clean the gutters, but reinstall the product correctly again - and possibly, several times over. If you want to only experience this once, contact a roofer to do the gutter guard installation for you to make sure it's done right.