Do Gutter Guards Really Work?

Do Gutter Guards Really Work? | IBEX Roof

Keeping your gutters clean is important to protect your roof and home from water damage. But if the task of cleaning out your gutters seems to slip your mind often, or if you’re not quite comfortable climbing up a ladder, it’s time to consider the best gutter guards for your home.

For the skeptic who’s wondering, “Do gutter guards work?”, the short answer is yes. There are plenty of reasons why you should invest in gutter guards or covers. While they aren’t 100% maintenance-free, they do cost less over time than hiring someone to clean your gutters once a year. Finding the best gutter guards for your home will also greatly reduce the dangers of having to clean out gutters yourself. According to the World Health Organization, 37.3 million falls a year require medical attention. So if you’re worried about your elderly parents climbing up a rickety ladder, or if you have a serious fear of heights, then gutter guards are definitely the way to go.

Not All Gutter Guards Are Created Equally

We want you to get the best gutter guards for your home, so here is what to keep in mind. First, make sure you’re getting removable gutter guards; this makes any problems easy to take care of. Second, gutter guards are made out of all different materials and in different designs, but they all come with their own pros and cons.

Foam gutter guards are commonly found at large box stores. They’re inexpensive and easy to install, but they get easily clogged with decomposed organic material. Seeds could also fall into them, turning your gutters into planters. Plastic gutter guards don’t last long, either, as they easily warp and break under UV rays.

Washington and Oregon are both home to large fir trees, and screen gutter covers with large holes won’t keep the fir needles out of your gutter. The acidity from fir needles and leaves will also cause galvanized steel gutter guards to rust.

Lastly, stay wary of companies that offer “maintenance-free” covers. The right gutter guard will take care of 90% of clogging issues. However, they will still need to be cleaned every few years.

What IBEX Recommends

Consider the type of environment you live in when looking for the right gutter guards. IBEX Roofing services the Vancouver and Portland area, and rusting is a general problem in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve found that stainless steel mesh screens are the best gutter guards for the region. Stainless steel won’t rust, and the mesh screen will keep out most small needles. Not only do they perform better than other types of gutter guards, but our customers like that they are also less expensive than other big-name gutter covers. Gutter guards with an aluminum finish are also recommended to prevent rust issues.

IBEX Roof can help you install new gutter guards at your next roof maintenance or gutter cleaning appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about the best gutter guards for your home, or about gutters in general, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

IBEX Roof Acquires Happy Gutters

IBEX Roof Acquires Happy Gutters | IBEX Roof

As you know, IBEX Roof aims to provide the best customer service in the roofing industry. We strive to make the process of getting your roof cleaned, repaired, and replaced as easy as possible. And yes, that includes your gutters, too!

That’s why we are excited to announce that IBEX Roof has recently acquired Happy Gutters to better serve our customers. We are now ready to install our custom seamless gutters to everyone in the Portland Metro and Vancouver Washington areas! Check out part of our process below:

Just as we approach all roofs, we want your next gutter project to be as straightforward and stress-free as possible. When you call us with a gutter problem, we provide all the details so you know what’s going on. Additionally, we give free estimates without any hidden fees or surprises so that you know exactly what to expect from us.

So what are you waiting for? Check out Happy Gutters to learn more or call 360-836-0535 to get your free gutter estimate today!

Are Gutters Necessary for Every Home?

Are Gutters Necessary for Every Home? | IBEX Roof

Did you know the average amount of rain per year in the entire US is 38 inches of rain? And here in the Portland/Vancouver area, we actually get 42 inches of rain per year. That’s four inches more than the average! With so much rain, it’s important for homeowners in the PNW to pay attention to how water gets redirected from their roof. That’s where gutters come in. 

How Gutters Help Protect Your Home

Gutters prevent water damage to your home by redirecting water away from your roof. Particularly in the PNW, water flow from heavier rainfalls can lead to lifting shingles from your roof, warping your home’s siding, flooding in basements, and landscape erosion. If your roof has even small areas of damage, too much water can worsen the damage and lead to leaks. Fortunately, all of these problems can be prevented by a reliable gutter system.

When to Skip the Gutters

So are gutters required for every home? We recommend most homes in this area to install a gutter system because of the amount of rainfall we get. But there may be a few exceptions:

  • The land around your home slopes downward so that water doesn’t puddle around your home
  • Your roof has other overhangs that help water to run-off away from your home
  • Your home is surrounded by concrete so that your home’s foundation is protected from sitting water

If you are not sure about your home needing gutters, give your local roofer a call. The biggest concern will be how well water flows away from your home, so make sure that is addressed when talking to your roofer!

Not Just Any Gutter

As we keep mentioning, the Pacific Northwest climate includes a lot of rain, so it’s not a matter of whether or not your home has a gutter system. Rather, it’s more about what type of gutter system you choose! With all the rain we get, it’s crucial to find something that can stand up to all the water to help protect your home. Additionally, homeowners in this area may be more likely to get debris in their gutters, requiring just a little bit more maintenance.

At IBEX Roof, we understand that cleaning out gutters is the last thing homeowners want to worry about. That’s why we’ve designed a gutter system specifically for this region that is long-lasting and reliable. Our seamless gutters are essentially just one long aluminum gutter to reduce leaks and rusting so that your gutters last longer.

Additionally, we recommend adding gutter guards to our customers who often find their gutters filled with debris. We love gutter guards because they greatly reduce the need to maintain your gutters while ensuring that your gutters are still doing what they are supposed to do. It’s a win-win!

An Important Part of Your Roof

You can find both roofing experts and gutter experts, but at IBEX Roof, we are both! We recognize that gutters play an important role in your entire roofing system. That’s why gutter inspections and cleanings are a routine part of our roof maintenance program. And if you’re looking to replace or install a brand new gutter system, we’re equipped to install custom seamless gutters designed to the dimensions of your home.

Get an estimate for your next gutter system today by giving IBEX Roof a call at 360-218-3104.

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