Blog How Gutter Guards Protect Your Home & Landscaping August 1, 2019August 9, 2019Chelsea WelshBlog If you’ve spent time and money this spring and summer adding shrubs, trees and flowers to your property, you want them to look great all season long and thrive again next spring. Since landscaping is one of the few investments you can make in your home that provides a positive return on investment, you need to take care of it. Few homeowners realize that rain gutter shields protect their home and landscaping in several ways. Landscaping Protection A heavy summer downpour can take its toll on your landscaping if you don’t have rain gutter shields installed. Without them, your gutters collect leaves, twigs and other debris that clogs gutters, leading to overflow which destroys landscaping and leads to soil erosion. Petals and buds can be easily damaged by the waterfall-like effect of a clogged gutter during a heavy storm. When you work with a qualified gutter guard installer to install quality gutter covers, your gutters stay clean and function as they should, allowing the water to flow away from your home properly. Pests Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects. When water overruns your gutters and erodes the soil, you end up with trough-shaped puddles beneath your gutters. Clogged gutters also collect standing water. When mosquitos and other insects thrive, your family and your plants suffer. Foundation Issues One of the main purposes of gutters is to funnel water away from your home’s foundation. When they don’t, you can end up with foundation issues. Too much water under a slab can cause your foundation to crack, leading to uneven floors, cracked walls, and doors and windows that don’t close properly. Homes with basements and crawl spaces end up with mold and mildew issues from excess water. Ice During the winter, clogged gutters contribute to ice dams. Icicles that form from ice dams are heavy and when they fall, they damage shrubs below. If the temperature is above freezing when it begins raining but drops off overnight, you may end up with ice-covered plants and walkways. The ice on plants will lead to broken branches and ice on walkways can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. Hire an Experienced Gutter Guard Installer If you want all the benefits of gutter guards, make sure you hire an experienced gutter guard installer. You can trust the authorized installers from Gutter Helmet with your gutter guard installation. Not only will you get a great installation that never interferes or voids your roofing warranty, you’ll also get the leading rain gutter shields on the market. Gutter Helmet® gutter guards prevent landscaping damage, ice damage, and flooded crawlspaces and basements from overflowing gutters. Call (800) 824-3772 or chat online with one of our representatives today to schedule your free estimate. About Chelsea Welsh National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.