Gutter Guard Comparison

Gutter Guard Comparison Guide

Questions to ask before installing gutter guards

Clogged gutters are no joke; if you've ever climbed up a ladder to clean them, you'll know how much of a pain they can be. That's why gutter guard installation is a good choice for so many homeowners. But how can you choose the best gutter protection system for your home with so many options on the market?

Keep reading to find out what makes Valor stand out from the competition, and contact us today to schedule your free cost estimate! Hometown Gutters & Guards is your trusted gutter guard company serving Reston, Fairfax, Arlington, and nearby areas in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Is it just a "leaf guard," or does it keep out other debris too?

Here's what we tend to find clogging gutters and gutter guards:

  • Leaves
  • Pine needles and fir needles
  • Cedar "fronds"
  • Fir cones, pine cones, conifer seeds of all types
  • Shingle grit
  • Dirt
  • Pollen
  • Shingle oil
  • Atmospheric pollution (really, it comes down as brown sludge after a good rain)
  • Maple helicopters and deciduous seeds of all types

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are many more culprits that we find clogging gutters and gutter guards, and Valor works on ALL of them - guaranteed.

If the system is maintenance-free, how does it clean itself?

This has to do with the angle of the gutter guard. The truth is, no matter how well the product sheds debris, there is always a particle size that could somehow get wedged in. For example, how do you deal with particle-like pollen that could get stuck in a pore?

Valor gutter guards are designed and built with the angle in mind in order to avoid the problems that come with improper alignment and flat gutter covers. By preventing debris buildup, our gutter system essentially cleans itself with minimum effort on your part. We make gutter cleaning a chore of the past!

Does the system form a shelf where debris collects?

If your gutter guard is not angled sharply enough, leaves, shingle grit, and other debris will begin to pile up on top of your roof and gutters rather than sliding off and onto the ground. This is a very common problem with flat gutter covers, which fail to work together with the slope of your roof to create a united water protection system.

Poorly angled gutter guards almost entirely defeat the purpose of having a gutter protection system in the first place, since you'll still wind up having to clean out clogs and debris.

Will gutter guard installation cause damage to my home?

Before you choose to install a gutter guard, consider the following:

  • How does it attach?
  • How does it interact with the roof?
  • How many ways are there to install it?
  • What happens if the gutter is too high or too low?
  • At what angle is it designed to have the water hit it?
  • How much water can it handle?
  • Is it rigid or flexible?

Here at Hometown Gutters & Guards, our gutter installation experts are highly trained and knowledgeable when it comes to the interaction of your roofing system and your gutter system. Our Valor gutter guards work together with the other components of your home rather than damaging or working against your roof and siding.

Can anything but water get into my gutters?

Most gutter guard products do a good job of keeping out large leaves, but many fail to stop other debris such as dirt and pine needles from getting in. The goal of gutter guards is to entirely prevent your gutters from clogging and needing to be cleaned. If they are still going to get clogged, what's the point?

Does your company use subcontractors?

Make sure that the actual gutter guard installation work is done by the company you hired. If you trust a worker you don't know who was simply hired to do the work because they were the least expensive option, how much can you really expect from the quality of their service?

As a local, family-owned gutter contractor, Hometown Gutters & Guards can be trusted for our gutter installation expertise. We treat each customer's home as though it were our own!

Do I need to worry about galvanic corrosion?

Galvanic corrosion occurs when two different metals touch in the presence of an electrolyte, which causes one of the metals (the anode) to corrode faster than normal and the other metal (the cathode) to corrode much slower.

There are tons of products on the market that suffer from galvanic corrosion, and they all fuse together after a short life. Manufacturers can prevent this by avoiding contact between dissimilar metals or by using coatings that are non-metallic and non-conductive.

What's the guarantee?

One common promise from gutter guard companies is to clean your gutters when they clog. Valor is different, going above and beyond to ensure our customers' total satisfaction for each and every gutter installation. Our gutter systems are backed by a lifetime warranty.


Choose Valor for guaranteed clog-free gutter protection

You want a gutter guard that will prevent all future clogs so that you'll never have to worry about gutter cleaning or sustaining water damage ever again, and we have the solution!

Valor comes with a variety of mesh options to fit your needs. We also offer options to beat moss and prevent ice damming from occuring.

Hometown Gutters & Guards is the certified installer of Valor gutter guards in the DMV area. Call us at 1-844-385-9370 or contact us online to request an on-site consultation and free estimate today!

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Our Locations:

Hometown Gutter Guards
7573 Gary Rd
Manassas, VA 20109