Although it is summer, and gutters may not be on the top of your mind, there are some helpful tips you can implement during a beautiful summer weekend off that will help to protect and maintain your gutters (and ultimately your home): Guards!
Although fall and winter are the main seasons in which your gutters take a beating, depending on the foliage around your home, summer could also wear down your gutters.
There are a variety of guards available for homes, including leaf guards, screens and filters. Gutter guards have been known to reduce the frequency of cleanings. Installing a gutter guard properly should lessen the number of times you’ll have to clean your gutters.
All help to reduce problems with clogged or overflowing gutters. A couple types of gutter guards include:
- Solid gutter covers that deflect leaves and debris while capturing rain runoff
- Various types of screens that filter the debris from the water, from expensive micro-mesh screen systems to super-cheap screen panels.
- Perforated aluminum and PVC covers that allow water but not leaves to enter the gutters
- Gutter inserts made of foam or brushes that prevent leaves and debris from clogging the gutters but allow water to drain through the channels.
There are various ways to classify gutter guards:
The reverse curve is designed to direct water downward into the gutter through a tiny slit but encourage leaves to fall to the ground.
Mesh gutter guards are sheets filled with holes that cover the gutter and attach to the roof shingles. Small holes are better than large holes because they don’t clog as easily. Smaller holes sift out all the debris but let water fall down into the gutter.
Bottle brush gutter guards are similar to those pokey bristles that prevent birds from landing on things like statues. The bristles face upright so debris can rest on top while water flows into the downspout.
Nylon gutter guards work especially well in the winter to prevent snow and ice accumulation. You can get them to fit into your gutter without attaching to the shingles.
Non-gutter covers actually replace your gutters with a set of thin louvers that divert rain off the roof.
Using guards doesn’t provide a foolproof protection against all the debris that can litter and clog gutters. Ensure you always clean your gutters!