6 Reasons You Need Gutter Guards

While we love sunny summer days, the leaves of autumn will soon be upon us! There’s a good reason why we call the season “Fall” here in the United States (most other countries call it “autumn”)—all of those beautiful leaves on shade-providing trees in your yard are going to fall in the next few months. That can be a problem if your existing gutters aren’t up to the challenge.

At Freeland Painting, we know that clogged gutters are a homeowner’s nightmare. Here are 6 reasons why you don’t want clogged gutters on your home:

  1. Rainwater needs guidance. When your gutters get clogged (with Fall leaves, for example), they can’t perform their intended function: To guide rainwater away from your home’s foundation and therefore protect your home’s structural integrity.
  2. Foundation problems. When gutters are full of leaves, sticks, and acorns, they can’t guide rainwater safely to the downspout and away from your home’s foundation—where you want it to go. Over time, pooling water around your home’s foundation causes erosion and settling. The resulting cracks in your home’s foundation can cause structural problems.
  3. Gutter waterfalls damage landscape shrubs. When gutters are clogged, rainwater has nowhere to go. It often cascades over the edge of the gutter and falls to the ground forcefully, causing the soil or mulch around your home to erode. This harms your landscape plants or shrubs planted where the “gutter waterfall” lands because soil erosion exposes their roots.
  4. Interior damage to ceilings and sheetrock. It’s not just the outside of your home that can suffer damage due to clogged gutters. Standing water in your gutters can decay the wooden fascia boards on your home, and then water can seep inside and ruin your walls and ceiling. If your home doesn’t already have fiber cement siding and fascia, Freeland Painting can help with that, too!
  5. Mosquito breeding ground. Standing water in your gutters after a rainfall is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitos and other pests. In addition to being annoying, mosquitos carry diseases that could easily spread to you and your family. Eliminating standing water—in gutters and everywhere else on your property—is the key to eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.
  6. Clogged gutters need unclogging. This will involve someone—most likely you, your spouse, or your partner—climbing up on a ladder and trying to balance safely (yikes!) while fishing out the decaying leaves, acorns, and other debris from the gutters by hand. It’s a dirty and dangerous job, but somebody’s got to do it. Unless, that is, you prevent the problem of clogged gutters from happening in the first place.

Guard Your Gutters

As Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” For our purposes, he means that by installing gutter guard protection, you will prevent the problem of clogged gutters from ever occurring, so you essentially solve the problem before it even happens.

So what’s the solution? Freeland Painting offers high-quality, seamless custom gutter guards that are guaranteed to prevent leaves and other debris from getting stuck in your gutters and clogging them up.

That’s right: Gutter guards give your gutters their own specialized cover that lets rainwater run over them into your gutters using water’s property of surface tension while keeping leaves and other debris out.

Let Surface Tension Work For You

What is surface tension? It’s the property of water that makes water droplets “stick together” and adhere to the surface that water is already on.

Here’s how surface tension makes gutter guards so effective: As water runs down your roof and over the gutter guards, water clings to the gutter guard’s curved surface—even defying gravity for a split second as it adheres to the gutter guard’s curve before falling into the gutter beneath the guard.

Once in the gutter, rainwater is guided safely out through downspouts and away from your home’s foundation. However, leaves and other debris on your roof don’t have surface tension, so they can’t get past the gutter guard. It’s a simple, effective solution that can save you hours of hassle this Fall and every Fall for years to come.

We Install Gutter Guards Over Existing or New Gutters

If you don’t need new gutters but want custom, seamless gutter guard protection, Freeland Painting can install gutter guards over your existing gutters.

If you’ve been thinking about installing new gutters, Freeland Painting highly recommends both our seamless custom gutters and Gutter Guard protection system. It’s guaranteed to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters, so they function correctly and protect your home, inside and out.

Call Freeland Painting for a Free Estimate

We even offer free estimates—call us today to schedule at 678.679.3126. When you get Gutter Guard covers professionally installed by Freeland Painting, you’ll be the happiest homeowner on your block because you can spend more time doing the things you love rather than cleaning out your clogged gutters!

Is It Time for New Gutters?

When your house or commercial building was built, the contractor most likely installed gutters around the perimeter of the roof. The reason builders install gutters is to catch rainwater runoff and guide it away from the structure’s foundation and landscaping. This prevents erosion and potential foundation damage that can happen when water collects around a home or commercial building’s base.

Ideally, your gutters will function well without getting clogged by leaves and other falling debris from the Greater Atlanta area’s gorgeous trees. In reality, that’s not always the case.

If gutters get clogged, what will happen?

Without any gutters―or with clogged gutters that don’t function correctly―your house could be in structural danger. When rainwater is allowed to collect and pool around a home’s foundation over time, it can seriously damage the foundation and cause structural damage. That’s why gutters are a big deal.

How can you tell when it’s time for new gutters?

  1. Clogged gutters. If your gutters get clogged often, you’ll need to get up on a ladder to clean out the rotting mess of leaves, sticks, and acorns. That can be a sign that it’s time for a new gutter system.
  2. Sagging gutters. If your gutters are sagging from the weight of too much water and debris, or water pours over the edge of the gutters when it rains—it’s time for new gutters.
  3. Leaking/rusty gutters. If your gutters are leaking at their seams or corners, or if you have rusty seams that look awful—it’s time for new gutters.
  4. Gutters pulling away from the home’s roofline. If your gutters are pulling away from the home’s roofline—it’s time for new gutters.

So, what’s the best type of gutter system that will withstand the Greater Atlanta area’s spring and summer rainstorms?

Freeland Painting has the answer!

Benefits of Seamless Custom Gutters from Freeland Painting

Freeland Painting builds and installs high-quality, seamless custom gutter systems that prevent many problems that traditional gutters can cause.

“We custom build 6-inch gutters in one continuous length with no seams on the straight stretches of your home’s roofline,” said Doug Ireland, founder and CEO of Freeland Painting. Seamless gutters provide a significant advantage because they have fewer failure points: Seams can leak, sag, and collect debris. Without seams, your gutter system will function much better.

“The only seams on Freeland Painting’s custom gutters are in any corners on the home—such as around a bay window—because when there’s a 45-degree corner in the gutter, there has to be a seam. Otherwise, they are completely seamless.”

In addition to providing high-quality seamless gutters, Freeland Painting uses a state-of-the-art mounting system to attach gutters securely to your house.

“Instead of nails, we use hidden gutter brackets that are mounted with screws for a more secure attachment that holds up well over time. Nails often fail to hold the weight of gutters filled with rainwater, making them sag and pull away from the structure. When gutters sag, they hold water; instead of guiding the water to a downspout, the water leaks over the edge of saggy gutters, and they fail.”

The hidden gutter bracket that Freeland Painting uses to secure gutters to your house helps your home’s curb appeal. The bracket is attached to the home’s wood trim from the inside of the gutter. These high-quality brackets connect the gutter’s outer lip for a secure attachment that protects the profile and shape of the gutter long-term.

“We install hidden gutter brackets every 24 inches—instead of 36 inches on a traditional seamed gutter—to hold your gutters securely and prevent sagging and leaking.”

In addition, Freeland Painting can add custom guards to the top of your gutters, which prevent debris from getting caught in them. With this feature, you’ll avoid climbing a ladder to clean out clogged gutters every Fall!

Quite simply, Freeland Painting offers a better gutter.

When you’re ready to replace your sagging, leaking, rusty, clogged gutters, give us a call at 678-679-3126 or email customerservice@freelandpainting.com. We’ll set up a convenient time for our experts to provide you with a free estimate for creating and installing seamless, custom gutters to protect and beautify your home.