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Can Gutter Covers Handle Heavy Rain?

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Your gutter covers protect your home, but how will they work in the heaviest rains?

When it’s pouring, can your gutters handle the job? With warped and sagging gutters or gutters that are clogged with leaves, rain will pour right onto your roof, into your gutters, and over the sides, leading to landscaping erosion and potential foundation problems. Adding gutter covers will stop your gutters from accumulating debris, but will it solve your waterfall woes? The success of your gutter protection system depends on what system you buy.

Do Gutter Covers Work During Heavy Rain?

There are many products that are labelled as gutter covers, filters, screens, and more. All of these products are designed to do one thing: keep that debris out of your gutters and reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning out clogged gutters. However, each product does this differently. There are mesh screens that trap leaves and sticks on top of the screen.

Gutter Covers Can Have Problems Over Time

Some gutter covers work for a time, but after a while, you need to clean your gutters and remove the larger debris from the screen. This can be a problem if heavy rain occurs during the fall when your gutter screens have many leaves on them. Foam or sponge-based inserts go into your gutters and allow water to trickle through the foam into the gutter and downspout. However, during heavy rain, water may not move quickly enough through the foam.

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With surface tension covers, leaves slip off the edge while water moves into the gutters.

Surface Tension Gutter Covers Conquer Heavy Rain

When you use a surface tension gutter cover, you use the properties of water to your advantage. Water clings to itself, and this means that if you create the right conditions, it will move from your roof, across your gutter cover, and right over the lip of the cover and into the gutter and downspout. Gutter Helmet gutter covers have textured panels, and water clings to those panels as it runs from your roof into the gutters. While leaves and other debris fall off the edge, the water clings and moves easily over the end of the gutter cover and into the gutter. Harry Helmet’s products have a 3/8″ gap between the cover and the gutter, which allows a maximum amount of water in while keeping debris out.

Look For A Gutter Cover That Works All Year Round

When you’re looking at a gutter product, you need to ask yourself two questions. Working under optimal conditions, can your gutter insert or cover accommodate the intense water flow of a high rainfall event? How does your gutter product work in real life? Will it get clogged with debris, preventing it from working at its best during a high rainfall event? Surface tension gutter covers win on both accounts. They allow water to move across the roof, over the gutter cover, and into the gutter, and they also prevent leaves and finer debris from entering the gutter. This means that they work even during rainy days in the fall when other gutter inserts, screens, and filters may be clogged with leaves.

Do your gutters need frequent cleaning? Are you tired of cleaning them? Visit us at Harry Helmet to learn more about our gutter cover technology.


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