You may not know this, but protecting your home from leaves is a monumental task that, when left unchecked, can cause thousands of dollars in damage. It’s for this reason alone that leaf protection should rank high in consideration for home improvement projects.
How exactly do leaves cause such big problems? As more leaves collect in your gutters, they cause clogs. Without a way for water to be efficiently directed away from your home, it pours over the edge. This can destroy landscaping, and standing water can impact the quality of your foundation. The water in the gutters can also spill onto the surface of your home, causing paint to wear away. You also run the risk of water seeping into nail/screw holes, leading fascia boards to rot & degrade over time.
Add up these repairs, and you’re looking at a stout bill. The real kick in the pants comes from knowing that by investing in a leaf protection system, you greatly reduce the chances for such destruction to occur. As a responsible homeowner, considering leaf protection is the responsible thing to do.
The process begins as such:
Assess Your Gutters
Do you notice any drooping? Can you spot leaks? Getting as many details down will give you insight as to the best leaf protection system to fit your needs. This is especially important if you need some major gutter repairs.
Note All Issues You See
Check your fascia boards, foundation, and exterior walls. Make note of standing water anywhere near your home. Find out where exactly downspouts deposit water.
Determine The Biggest Culprit
Safely get onto a ladder & see what kind of debris is the problem. Are you dealing with an overabundance of leaves? Is it critter droppings? Is there a large amount of asphalt shingle granules?
Understand Your Area’s Weather
Even though your aim is to counter leaves, knowing a bit about the weather you experience makes it easier to determine a proper gutter system. Leaves may actually play a smaller role compared to significant annual precipitation, which may require investing in water run-off management along with debris protection.
Have A Handle On Your Budget
Of course, you need to know your operating budget. This isn’t to say you’re putting a price on the physical well-being & integrity of your home. It just means you have to be more mindful of the options you can invest in. The good thing is that there are a number of price points available for leaf protection.
Perhaps the easiest way to approach leaf protection is working with a local, well-respected team of certified gutter contractors who’ve seen it all & done it all. They’re well-acquainted with the type of weather in your area, and they have insight on the biggest bugaboos that can impact your gutters. You also want to be sure to work with a team who is fully insured & makes it a point to do quality work from the start. Your home is your biggest investment, so it only makes sense to keep it as structurally sound as possible. Installing the right leaf protection system is a major step in making this happen.
Don’t trust leaf protection to just anyone. Quality Gutter Systems has been serving the Texas Hill Country for nearly two decades for a reason — a job well done.