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.
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.
Late spring is a great time to care for your gutters. Throughout spring, there can be so many different weather conditions, including heavy rain as well as high wind that can cause leaves, needs or other debris to fall into your gutters. Not to mention, through the fall and winter, ice and snow can actually damage them.
Plastic works great for Barbie’s dream house, and we use it extensively in our homes too. We have PVC plumbing, vinyl siding, and plasticized electrical systems. Plastic is also used to make gutters. These were introduced to the market in the plastic-fantastic decade of the 1950s. The sprawling tracts of suburbia needed quick and easy gutter systems for their mass-produced homes, so plastic gutters seemed like the perfect solution. They are quick to make and relatively easy to install. Most importantly, they are cheap.
Technological advances have improved almost every facet of our homes and our gutter systems are no exception. While once only available in pre-cut lengths at the hardware store (usually sold in ten-foot increments) a different option has been developed. Seamless gutters have appeared on the market and they have a few advantages over their traditional alternative.