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Why You Need Gutter Covers in New England

Why You Need Gutter Covers in New England

No matter where you are in Massachusetts, if you’ve got a home, you’ve got a need for gutter covers. Here are some common problems homes in the Bay State run into as they deal with the seasons.

Gutter Covers Prevent Gutter Damage and Clogs

Autumn leaves, winter snows, and spring flowerings are quite beautiful and give Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire a beauty rarely seen among the fifty states. The problem, of course, is that inevitably all of them wind up in your gutter. And if left there, they can be a serious problem.

A blocked gutter means that your house isn’t shunting water and snow away from your roof but instead letting it sit. This is bad for your gutters; clogs can ultimately lead to rusting, sagging, holes in your gutters and even, in extreme circumstances, part or all of the gutter system detaching itself from your house.

And that’s just your gutters. Without properly functioning gutters, rain and snow tend to flow right into your basement, crack your driveway, and wear away your siding. A damaged gutter system will lead, soon enough, to more damage to your home, and it needs to be dealt with or prevented.

Gutter covers keep debris from collecting and make sure water moves away from your house… not to mention sparing you costly repairs.

Cutter Covers Prevent Ice Dams

Clogged gutters present another problem in the winter: Ice dams. Ice dams form when snow on your roof melts, flows down to the cooler parts near the gutter, and collects, refreezing into ice that lets water collect under it. Ice dams can grind down shingles, damage your gutters, cause leaks in your roof, and even collapse parts of your home’s structure.

Gutter covers help prevent ice dams by ensuring that your gutters are clear to accept the meltwater, while also continuing the slant of your roof and thus helping snow to slide off of it, not collect in your gutter before freezing into ice. Icicles are pretty… but the results of ice dams aren’t.

Preventing Illness in Your Family

If the damage to your home weren’t enough, if moisture gets into your home, it may create a breeding ground for mold. Mold damage can be enormously expensive to repair, when you discover it. But until you do, you may experience breathing problems, headaches, low-grade fever, watering and itchy eyes, and other symptoms so intense they’ve been mistaken for serious illness such as asthma and fibromyalgia. In extreme cases, allergic reactions have resulted in death.

In the end, gutter covers help you prevent damage to your home and your health. So if you live in Massachusetts, Rhode Island New Hampshire or Connecticut , do yourself and your family a favor: Look into gutter covers today. Fill out the form to the right, or call 1-800-975-6666 for a free in-home estimate.

Photo Credit: Mr. T in DC