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Needing to clean your gutters multiple times yearly can be a big hassle, from the time needed to the safety risks involved with getting on a ladder. However, failing to keep your gutters clean can lead to all manner of problems. Clogged gutters can result in mold, mildew, and water damage to your home and yard. On top of that, gutters full of debris can attract pests such as cockroaches — not to mention the fact that unattended gutters can quickly become host to beehives or birds' nests.
Ellicott City is in the top 66.3% percentile in the country for average daily precipitation, which makes protecting your gutters — and, as a result, your home and yard — even more important.
Read our list of the premier rain gutter service professionals in the Ellicott City area to discover the best one for you.
These are our top gutter guard companies in Ellicott City based on reputation, services, and product quality
Having gutter guards installed on your house in Ellicott City can provide both short- and long-term benefits. Cutting down on the time you need to spend cleaning your gutters is the most important reason consumers purchase gutter guards. Gutter guards — or any device — won't get rid of the need for occasional gutter cleaning, but they will greatly cut down on the time you spend on this chore, or the money you spend on employing a professional gutter services company.
Some other benefits of installing gutter guards include less gutter overflow, which means less mold growth and water damage on your lawn and your house. Gutters without standing water are less prone to premature corrosion or rust, which can in the long run save you money on repair and replacement services. Covered gutters avoid becoming home to birds' nests and beehives, and avoid the debris buildup that attracts roaches and other pests.
There are six common types of gutter guards. Brush and foam guards are easy to install by yourself; mesh and screen guards can be installed on your own, but in most cases should be installed by a professional; and micro-mesh and surface tension guards will always require professional installation.
There are upsides and downsides to each type of guard, and the kind you choose to go with for your Ellicott City home will be based on a number of factors. Consider contacting a local Ellicott City gutter guard professional to ask about different types and figure out which is best for you.
The amount you spend on gutter guard installation in Ellicott City will be the product of several factors. First, the type of gutter guards you pick — different materials have various prices per linear foot. Next is the decision of whether you would prefer to install the guards on your own, to hire a local Ellicott City contractor, or to hire one of the full-service installers that operates in Maryland. A full-service company can provide more guidance when you are choosing a guard type and measuring your house's gutter system. Lastly, there are the specific aspects of your job, including the size of your house and how easy it is to access your gutter system.
To best estimate how much it will cost to add gutter guards to your home, reach out to one or two of the gutter guard service professionals from our list and ask about getting a free inspection and estimate. You can also see our table below to explore specific price ranges for the different styles of gutter guard materials. Know that these estimates are not a guarantee of prices in Ellicott City, and they do not take into account the cost of labor.
|Gutter guard material||Cost per foot of material||Cost for typical home||Total cost including labor|
|Brush||$4.52 - $12.34||$1130-$3085||$2,477 - $4,432|
|Foam||$1.92 - $3.52||$480-$880||$1,827 - $2,227|
|Screen||$0.38 - $1.38||$95-$345||$1,442 - $1,692|
|Mesh||$0.82 - $2.7||$205 - $687||$1,552 - $2,034|
|Micro-mesh||$1.69 - $2.32||$244 - $580||$1,591 - $1,927|
|Surface tension||$1.08 - $1.55||$270 - $387||$1,617 - $1,734|
You may feel comfortable taking on many projects yourself — you may have even installed your Ellicott City home's gutter system yourself — but gutter guard installation is a job that should be undertaken by the professionals. If you know that you are going to go with a specific style of gutter guard — including mesh, screen, surface tension, or micro-mesh guards — professional installation may be required or highly recommended. If you are uncertain, one of Ellicott City's local gutter service professionals can aid you in selecting the optimal gutter guard type for your home. The experts can assist with measuring your gutters, keeping costs down by protecting you from over-purchasing materials. They will also be able to install the guards safely and efficiently, saving you time and stress.
We recommend going with a company like LeafFilter, which has developed a patented three-piece 275-micron micromesh screen system that comes with a free inspection and estimate as well as a full installation. The LeafFilter system also has a lifetime transferable warranty.
Generally, gutter guards are a smart investment for any home. They can cut down on how much you spend on cleaning and repairs, prolong the life of your gutters, and improve your home's overall appearance. They lower the chances of mold and mildew growth and keep your gutters from becoming a home for pests like birds and insects. In addition, when it is time to move, gutter guards can add to the value of your property as you are trying to sell it.
Reviews online, including those through the BBB, are a great place to begin when it comes to verifying the reputation of a gutter guard installer in Ellicott City. The gutter services company that you ultimately choose should be able to explain how the job may or may not affect your roof warranty, and after an inspection they should be able to provide a written estimate. They should also have on hand written information about their warranties and have proof of insurance, in case of the unlikely event that there is an injury on your property.
The cost per linear foot for gutter guards will depend on the style of guard that you decide on. Refer back to our table above to estimate the cost of gutter guards based on the material you choose and the size of your gutter system. Depending on the kind of guard you purchase, you may need to also factor in labor costs.
Many gutter guard companies will provide gutter cleaning for an extra fee. To find out if a specific company offers gutter cleaning services, you can look for them on our list of the best gutter service companies in the Ellicott City area, and contact them directly to find out what extra services they offer.
Many gutter guard companies will provide old gutter guard removal and new gutter guard installation as one convenient service package. It is a good idea to contact one or more of the companies on our above list to ask if they provide these types of services.
While there is no device that can completely eliminate the need for gutter cleaning, gutter guards can significantly cut down on how often you have to complete this task. Normally, gutters need between two and six cleanings annually, depending on how much tree coverage your yard has, but if you invest in the right kind of gutter guards, you can lower that to once a year or less.