Gutter guards are made for a reason. But do they work? Absolutely yes. Are they maintenance-free? No. You’ll still need to do a little cleaning from time to time.
However, they do a perfect job of protecting your gutters from frequent clogging.
Gutter guards come in different types and materials, and it’s essential to know each of them before making your choice.
- Screen guards
Like window screens prevent the entry of animals or large debris into your home, screen gutter guards serve the same purpose. They block leaves from entering the gutter trough while allowing water to flow smoothly.
Screens are pretty affordable and easy to install. If you’re handy, you can do it yourself or hire an expert to do it for you. In addition, you can have them installed on your old gutters without retrofitting your gutters for new ones.
The only issue is you’ll need to clean them out at least every year for optimum performance.
- Foam gutter guards
Foam guards help prevent debris from collecting inside the tracks of the gutter system. Like screens, the foam material is very cheap. It is also very unique and lightweight.
The only significant issue with foam guards is they can still make gutter cleaning a tiresome chore; you’ll need to remove the foam guards as you clean your gutters and replace them. On top of that, the collected debris can damage the foam material if left unattended.
- Brush gutter guards
These look like large bristle brushes inside the gutter. They allow water to pass while blocking the debris from passing through to the drain.
Brush guards are an excellent choice; however, the debris can get inside the bristles, making it a lot of work to get them out.
- Reverse curve gutter guards
Also known as surface tension, gutter guards allow water to flow over and around the guard while sliding off the debris to fall to the ground.
These are perfect but are a bit complicated to install. If not installed properly, you risk damaging your roof fascia. That is why it’s vital to seek the expertise of a professional.
They also come at a bit higher price compared to other guards.
- Mesh gutter guards
These are like screen guards but better. They are durable, and they do a tremendous job of blocking out debris while allowing water to flow smoothly. You can simply rake out the leaves and debris.
Need a Hand Installing Gutter Leaf Protection Systems?
Our experts at AAA Gutter & Downspout can be of great help. We do the gutter installation services as well as gutter guard installations for residential and light commercial facilities in Arboga, Ca, and other areas of greater Sacramento.
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