Cute and seemingly cuddly (minus the fact that they are wild creatures that you actually do not want to cuddle). We are talking about squirrels. Ever have a squirrel try to burrow in or chew your gutters? Maybe you’ve even named him the infamous Mr. Squirrel (don’t feel bad, many do).
If you are considering getting new gutters, you probably want to know the types of gutters there are. There are many different types of gutters out there, and they come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Most residential gutters are either 5 inches (with a 2 x 3 inch downspout) or 6 inches long (with a 3 x 4 inch downspout). They are typically made of zinc, steel, copper, vinyl, or aluminum, although steel and vinyl are becoming obsolete. Wood gutter also exist; nevertheless, they are rarely used today. Gutters that are 5 inches hold about 4.5 liters of water, and those that are 6 inches hold about 7.5 liters. For commercial buildings, gutters can be made a bit larger so that they hold more water.
A gutter brush is another type of leaf protection system. It is a long circular guard that you keep in your gutters all year round in order to prevent clogging of leaves, twigs, and other debris. It can even prevent birds and rodents from building their nests in your gutters. Gutter brushes act as filtration systems and allow water to flow through your gutters. As such, they reduce the need for cleaning and maintenance. They also come in many different sizes so that they can fit your gutter properly.
We mentioned in an earlier article, “Gutter Cleaning Tools And Proper Cleaning,” that it is important to look after your gutter and clean it regularly. Now we will discuss a gutter protection system that can prevent damage and save you time having to clean your gutter so often. Therefore, it also saves you money.
Cleaning your gutters can be annoying and time consuming. However, the longer you wait to get the job done, the longer it will take to clean. Gutter cleaning tools and proper cleaning are essential for a well-maintained house. Typically, if you do not have a gutter protection system, you should clean your gutter every spring and fall. These are the times when trees shed blossoms and seeds or leaves. However, depending on how bad your winter has been you might want to clean the snow out once in a while too. If not, leaves or snow can build up and cause water damage to your roof. If water starts to pour over your gutters, then you may also get water damage in your basement. In other words, not taking care of your gutters and not using the proper gutter supplies can cause you more money and stress. It will be worth it for you in the long run to just take the time and get those gutters cleaned.