What do gas station sandwiches, participating in your office’s Secret Santa pool and movie sequels have in common? They always seem like a good idea at the time, but quickly leave you disappointed. If the home improvement industry were to ever compile a list of such items, it’s a certainty that open style gutters would be on them. Allow us to talk you out of this catastrophic mistake.
Having to Climb a Ladder: You’re only kidding yourself if you think that open style gutters will never have to be cleaned in order to avoid all of the problems that can ensue due to clogging. In fact, every year, 90,000 emergency room visits are directly tied to those who have experienced serious injuries due to falling off a ladder.
Fire Hazard: Think about the last time you built a campfire. In order to get it started, you likely used some twigs and leaves for kindling. Open style gutters have no way to stop
these items from entering them. This creates the perfect environment for a fire which can easily be started if a neighbor is using their fireplace, having a campfire or shooting off fireworks, as it only takes one spark for a fire to ignite.
A Place for Pests to Congregate: Open style gutters make a perfect home for pests such as squirrels, mosquitoes, carpenter ants and earwigs. That’s because open style gutters quickly accumulate debris, such as pine needles & leaves which attract these types of pesky creatures.
Aesthetic Appeal: Paying attention to your home’s curb appeal is worthwhile because
it’s the first thing that guests see. Because open style gutters are prone to clogging and overflowing water, they often become stained and discolored. (Shameless plug-LeafGuard brand gutters have a one piece, seamless design that enhances the look of your home’s exterior, much like crown molding does in your home’s interior.
Your Home’s Resale Value: While potential homeowners may have varied opinions on what makes a home desirable, they overwhelmingly agree that the more maintenance-free features a home has, the more appealing it is. Open style gutters cannot be maintenance-free because there is no barrier in place to ward off organic debris.
A Word about LeafGuard Brand Gutters
LeafGuard brand gutters are the only one-piece gutter system, with a built-in hood that covers the gutter bottom and deflects leaves, twigs and organic debris. This exclusive,
seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which:
- curtails clogs
- allows water to freely flow
- eradicates leaks and the risk of water damage
- makes climbing ladders to clean gutters a thing of the past