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Gutter guards are the perfect alternative for those who don’t look forward to cleaning out their gutters. Gutter guards keep leaves, pine needles, insects, rocks, and other debris out of your gutters, keeping them clean and safe. 

If you don’t want to pay for professional installation, then you’ll need to know how to install gutter guards on your own. You’ll need to be careful, though, and follow the instructions closely since many homeowners damage their gutters. 

Steps for Installation

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Here’s what you can expect during the gutter guard installation process:

  • Prep work. Using a ladder of appropriate height, thoroughly clean out your gutters and downspouts to prepare for the installation process. You should also check to ensure everything is draining properly. If there are any cracks or broken areas, repair them immediately.
  • Measure your gutters. Gutter guards are not a one-size-fits-all product, so measure the length, width, and depth of all your gutters. You want the product to fit over your gutters, or it won’t properly keep debris out.
  • Add hangers. You don’t want to install gutter guards without any additional support from your roof, so add metal hangers to realign your system. It’s ideal to attach the hangers​ to your fascia boards so your gutters won’t pull away from your home and cause damage. 
  • Follow the instructions. There are various gutter guard manufacturers, so follow the instructions provided. Many screens snap into place, but you may want to use screws if you live in an area that sees high winds. At the same time, be careful when doing work around your gutters, as they can be damaged easily. 

Mistakes to Avoid

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Now you know how to install gutter guards, but you need to be aware of common mistakes. Otherwise, you could damage the gutters or gutter guards, and the process will cost much more than if you hired a professional. Here are some things to avoid:

  • Not cleaning your gutters. Dirty gutters will affect the gutter guards and possibly make them less effective.
  • Buying the wrong size. If the gutter guards don’t fit over your gutters, they won’t work properly—defeating their purpose. 
  • Nailing the gutter guards onto your roof. Poking a hole in your roof will damage it and cause leaks, so avoid doing this at all costs. Don’t use a gutter guard system that requires you to do this.
  • Lifting the shingles. This is another no-no. Once you lift your shingles, you lose your roof’s water barrier. This can cause major leaks. You should never be required to lift your shingles. Again, avoid this type of system at all costs. 

Contact Us Today

The gutter guard installation process is not always easy. Sometimes homeowners make mistakes and damage their gutters during the process. If you’re not confident in your DIY abilities, let HomeCraft Gutter Protection do the dirty work for you. We tailor every installation to each individual home, so we’ll make sure it’s done right. Get a free estimate from HomeCraft Gutter Protection today!

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