Your home’s gutter system plays a very important role. With the help of a shallow trough secured beneath the roof’s edge, rainwater is channeled off of the roof and away from your basement and foundation. Without a well-functioning gutter system, you risk water damage, soil erosion, and a breakdown of your home’s structural integrity. Unfortunately, gutters can easily become clogged with dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris. Once blocked, water is not able to properly flow through the gutters and to the downspouts. While gutter cleaning is the go-to solution for most homeowners, there is an easier way to prevent problematic gutters.
What Are Gutter Guards?
Are you tired of having to clean out your gutters on a regular basis? Or maybe you’re tired of having to pay someone else to do it. With the installation of gutter guards, you never have to climb up a ladder or shell out cash to have your gutters cleaned again. Gutter guards are specifically designed to keep debris out of your gutter system, meaning less work for you and more money in your pocket. By blocking leaves and other debris from entering your gutters, rainwater can flow freely from the roof.
How Do Gutter Guards Work?
Gutter guards are a simple device that can make a major impact on your home maintenance responsibilities. There are a variety of guards and covers that help keep debris out of your gutters. Some tend to work better than others, but all can significantly lessen your workload. The most common types of gutter guards include:
- Reverse Curve: Also known as helmeted guards, these gutter guards are built to direct water flow into the gutter system through a small slot. The design encourages leaves and other debris to continue falling to the ground.
- Mesh: Mesh gutter guards consist of a mesh sheet that can be installed to roofing shingles to cover the gutter. Small holes in the mesh help to sift out debris while still allowing water to pass through.
- Bottle Brush: This type of gutter guard makes gutter cleaning a breeze. Bottlebrush guards are essentially large pipe cleaners with brush-like bristles that collect fallen debris. As the debris collects on top, water is free to enter the gutter.
- Vinyl: Vinyl gutter guards fit into your gutter and do not need to be secured to your roofing shingles. Water can enter the gutter through a number of slots.
- Foam: This type of gutter guard looks like a long tube made of a plastic material. It sits directly in your gutter to keep debris at bay.
- Louvre: Louvre guards are typically used in combination with seamless gutter systems. The thin louvres are designed to divert water off of roofs without the need for a traditional gutter.
Learn More About Gutter Guards
Without gutter guards to help prevent debris from clogging your gutters, you may face costly damages. Uncontrolled rainwater can damage your basement, foundation, landscaping, siding, and fascia board, while also creating an environment attractive to mold and pests. Contact Crown Remodeling today to learn more about gutter guards.