Twice per year, you pull your ladder out, put gloves on, and clean your gutters to eliminate all of the decomposing, dirty leaves and other types of debris. It is very tiring and also depending on how large your house is, the job may take up your whole Saturday. Wouldn’t it be nice if something was available that could eliminate this very time-consuming seasonal task?
There is actually something. Gutter covers, or gutter guards, are actually quite effective at keeping your downspouts and gutters clear and free of debris. But some do a better job than others, and they must be properly installed to work effectively.
If you would rather go shopping, watch football, or head out to the lake instead of spending hours climbing up and down a ladder, then a gutter system that has covers or guards will save the day. Having the right contractors install the right guards will help to keep your gutters working the way they are supposed to and your roof intact, which will save you a lot of money and time.
Why It Is So Important To use Leaf Guards To Keep Your Downspouts And Gutters Free Of Debris
Whether you have new seamless gutters or an old gutter system, it is essential to keep the gutters on your home free of twigs, leaves, and other debris if you want to avoid costly repairs and a leaky roof. Since they are designed for collecting rainwater from the roof and to divert the water away from your house, they help you avoid many different problems, including:
– Mold and water damage
– Cracked structure
– Flooded basement
– Foundation damage, and more!
For these very serious reasons and many more, it is important for your house to have the right kind of leaf guards.
The Way Gutter Covers Work
There are various kinds of gutter guards and covers that are available. They all try to do the same exact thing: keep debris ad leaves out of your gutters. However, some are more effective than others. The following is an outline of the six basic kinds that can be found in today’s marketplace:
Helmeted / Reverse curve Guards
These gutter guards have been designed for directing water flow down into the gutter system via a small slot located in the vertical face. However, debris and leaves are encouraged to continue to fall or blow on the ground.
Mesh gutter guards cover the guard and are a mesh sheet attached to the roof shingles. These small holes sift debris out and allow water to flow through. Although they do work well, mesh covers are not very durable and will need to replaced frequently, or about every other season.
Bottle brush guards
These are basically large pipe cleaners with lots of brush-like bristles which collect debris as it is falling. When the bristles are positioned upright, the water flows directly into the downspout and the debris is collected on the top.
Thi type of guard has been designed to fit directly into the gutter without having to attach them to the shingles on the roof. They have several recessed slots where the water enters into the guards. Over time, these recessed slots have a tendency to fill up with debris and limit how much water enters the system.
These are similar to the swimming noodles that are seen in so many places thee days. They are basically a long tube that is made out of a plastic material. It sits inside of the gutter. Due to it ease of use and simplicity, it might seem to be an attractive option. However, the water flow is not always ideal.
A louvre system might be best for you if you like the concept of no gutters or seamless gutters. They have thin louvres that divert rain from the roof effectively, and therefore, eliminate the need for having traditional gutter guards and systems.
Professional vs. DIY Gutter Guards
No matter what kind of leaf gutter guards that you decide to use, you still will need to determine whether you are going to try to do the project on your own or hire a professional to ensure the job is done correctly.
DIY Leaf Guard Covers & Gutters
Leaf guard downspouts, covers, and guards and be found at local home improvement stores and online. However, often they are poorly made or designed and frustrate homeowners and cost them hundreds of dollars. Also, some of them are very hard to install, and to do it properly takes hours. Ultimately, compared to gutter systems that are professionally installed, DIY ones are not as effective.
Professionally Installed Gutter Guards
The best gutter covers and guards are those that are professionally installed by contractors. The systems are much more durable, perform better, and are more efficient than DIY ones. Also, warranties come with them along with the peace of mind that your house is protected and is working precisely how it should be.