LeafGuard: How to protect your gutters and yourself

Did you know The Ladder Safety Institute claims that 160,000 people are injured from non-occupational falls off ladders yearly, and a US Government Safety Commission study found that ladder falls account for over 59% of fall fatalities for people over the age of 65?

Indeed, we all know of someone who is bound and determined to take on home repair issues on their own. Yet, when it means being several feet high up on a ladder, it just might be time to leave it to the professionals, especially when it comes to maintaining clean gutters that protect your largest investment: your home.

Let’s review what gutter systems are supposed to do. Gutters are meant to capture the rainwater from your roof and carry it safely into a downspout—away from your fascia, soffit, and foundation via downspout extension or into underground piping (depending on your city code). Without a gutter system, the home is susceptible to additional water entering the home which can cause hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damage.

Most open gutters today are seamless, while in the past gutters they were assembled in 10’ sections and lap-seamed together with adhesive and screws or pop-rivets. Over time, these lap-seams leak due to expansion/contraction and the adhesive drying and cracking. While seamless open gutters eliminate the lap-seam leaks, typical open gutters collect leaves, twigs, and other organic debris that can cause them to clog during rainstorms, causing water to run over, not through the gutter. As the front and back of ordinary gutters are even in height, the water running over the front of a clogged gutter also runs over the back of the gutter which is attached to your home. Over time, this can cause major fascia and soffit issues as well as the chance of water leaking into the home.

Many products have been produced over the years to stop gutters from clogging including screens, filters, or “toppers”. Most of these products simply move the leaves and debris from inside the gutter to the top. This creates a shelf that collects debris. In fact, sometimes so much debris is on top of the gutter that even water has a hard time entering the gutter…certainly not an effective removal system.

Wouldn’t you like to say goodbye forever to the dangerous and unpleasant job of climbing ladders to clean out your gutters or eliminate the expense of paying someone else to do it? Forget the ladder and the cleaning when you protect your home with a LeafGuard Residential Gutter System. Its patented one-piece design integrates the gutter and a curved hood that uses the scientific principle of liquid adhesion to allow water to flow into the gutter while leaves and debris are deflected away from the gutter trough. LeafGuard’s patented system will increase your home value, it will give you security in knowing your home is protected, and you will have more time to do things you enjoy rather than cleaning gutters. Furthermore, LeafGuard is Good Housekeeping Approved and each System is backed with three written warranties.

How much does it cost? As all homes are different in dimensions and styling, it is difficult to determine a cost without seeing the home. All of our professional consultants provide a no-obligation, no high-pressure Gutter Analysis, complete with pictures of your gutters and any problems we find, and a recommendation of which of our products will work best for your home and budget. And, LeafGuard is competitively priced. Think you have a problem with your LeafGuard system? LeafGuard will come out free of charge to inspect and adjust.

Each LeafGuard Gutter System is custom manufactured on-site to your home’s specifications, installed by our company employees who are fully bonded, insured, and factory trained. LeafGuard technicians have installed over 40,000+ systems in the Chicagoland/NW Indiana area since 1995. Last year, LeafGuard’s dedication to craftsmanship and customer service received kudos from Guild Quality in the form of the coveted 2013 GuildMaster Award that is only given to companies that provide outstanding service on all levels.

All of this is why the company motto is “LeafGuard….Get It & Forget It!”

SOURCE: http://www.nwitimes.com/special-section/how-to/leafguard-how-to-protect-your-gutters-and-yourself/article_f7e87a89-d4ba-5aca-a80d-80abcc290999.html

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