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The time taken and risks assumed in the process of gutter cleaning make the job unappealing for most homeowners. However, leaving your gutters unattended can result in a host of problems. Undisturbed gutters can become home to bees and birds, and gutters full of debris can become food for roaches. Water stagnating in your gutters can encourage growth of mold and mildew, and blocked gutters may overflow, resulting in water damage to your lawn and home.
If your home is someplace where it rains frequently — and Sumter certainly qualifies, as it sits in the 75.4% percentile in terms of average daily precipitation — then protecting your gutters becomes even more important, because they do more work than gutters on your average home.
To aid you in the process, we've put together a list of the best gutter guard installers in and around the Sumter area to help you choose the right rain gutter services professional for your job.
These are our top gutter guard companies in Sumter based on reputation, services, and product quality
Getting gutter guards installed on your house in Sumter provides both short- and long-term benefits. The clearest benefit is that having gutter guards installed on your home cuts down on the need for gutter cleaning. While there is nothing that can eliminate the need for gutter cleaning, adding gutter guards greatly cuts down on the amount of time you (or your local gutter service company) have to spend on a ladder.
Some other benefits of gutter guards include reducing the chance of water damage to your home and property and keeping pests away — including bees and birds that nest in gutters, and roaches and other insects that eat gutter debris. Unclogged, smooth-flowing gutters are also at less of a risk of rusting or corroding prematurely, saving you money on repair and replacement.
There are six common types of gutter guards. Foam and brush guards are easy to install on your own; screen and mesh guards can be installed by yourself, but in most cases should be professionally installed; and surface tension and micro-mesh guards will always need installation by a professional.
All types of gutter guards have their upsides and downsides, and the right kind for your house in Sumter will be decided by several factors. It is a good idea to speak with one of Sumter's local gutter guard installers to hear more about the types of guards they install and which type is best for your house.
Gutter guard installation around South Carolina can cover a very wide price range that is dependent on several factors. The first one is whether you are DIY-ing your installation, working with a local contractor in Sumter, or going with a full service gutter guard installation company that operates in South Carolina. A full-service company will be more expensive but will provide more assistance when it comes to things like measuring your gutter system and choosing a material. The material you choose and aspects of your home (such as the size of and ease of access to your gutter system) will also help determine the final price.
The best way to obtain a rough idea of the cost of your project is to reach out to one or two of the gutter guard service providers from our list above to ask about a free inspection and estimate. You can also use our table below to estimate specific price ranges for the different styles of gutter guard materials. Be mindful of the fact that these estimates are not a guarantee of prices in Sumter, and they do not account for 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||$2,214 - $4,169|
|Foam||$1.92 - $3.52||$480-$880||$1,564 - $1,964|
|Screen||$0.38 - $1.38||$95-$345||$1,179 - $1,429|
|Mesh||$0.82 - $2.7||$205 - $687||$1,289 - $1,771|
|Micro-mesh||$1.69 - $2.32||$244 - $580||$1,328 - $1,664|
|Surface tension||$1.08 - $1.55||$270 - $387||$1,354 - $1,471|
While there may be certain home projects that you feel comfortable taking care of on your own, it is always in your best interest to enlist professional guidance when it comes to installing gutter guards on your house in Sumter. If you know you plan to install a specific gutter guard style — including screen, mesh, micro-mesh, or surface tension guards — installation by a professional may be required or highly recommended. If you are unsure, a local Sumter gutter services company can guide you in choosing the optimal gutter guard type for your home. The experts can help you measure your gutters, reducing your final cost by preventing over-purchasing of materials. They can also install your gutter guards safely and efficiently, saving you time and hassle.
If you are looking for a company that can provide you with a free inspection and estimate as well as a full installation, no need to look beyond LeafFilter. Their patented three-piece 275-micro micromesh screen system has a lifetime transferable warranty.
Gutter guards can save you money and time you would normally spend on gutter cleaning and repairs, help your gutters last longer, and improve your home's appearance. They are particularly important in a place like Sumter, which sees a good amount of rain. They can help to prevent your gutter from turning into a home for pests such as birds and insects and reduce the risk of mildew or mold growth. They can also add value to your property when it comes time to sell it. Overall, gutter guards are an excellent home investment.
If you are looking to verify the reputation of a gutter guard installation professional, you can start by looking at reviews online, including on the BBB website. When you speak to a Sumter gutter guard installation company directly, they should be able to provide a written estimate and written explanation of their warranties. The company that you choose should have insurance, in case there is an injury on your property, and they should be able to articulate how the work to be done will or will not affect your roof warranty.
Different gutter guards cost different amounts per linear foot. Refer back to our table above to estimate the amount you will pay for gutter guards based on the material you select and the size of your gutter system. You will also need to account for the cost of labor if you purchase certain types of guard.
There are a number of companies that can install both gutters and gutter guards. The easiest way to learn which companies offer both services and get an approximate cost is by contacting them directly. (You should also check if they appear on our list of best gutter service companies in Sumter.) We recommend contacting two or more of the companies on our list to inquire about services and compare prices if this is the type of gutter overhaul you are looking for.
The best type of gutter guard for your gutter system will be determined by several factors, including the types of trees on your property, what the weather is typically like in your part of South Carolina, whether it matters to you if the guards are visible from the ground, and your budget for the project. Seeking the advice of a local gutter services company is a step towards finding the best type of gutter guard for you.
Although no device can totally eliminate the need to clean your gutters, gutter guards can greatly reduce the frequency with which you need to perform this chore. Typically, gutters need a good cleaning two to six times yearly, depending on how many trees are around your house, but if you get the right kind of gutter guards, you can reduce that to once a year or less.