If your gutter system does its job properly, it catches the rainwater and guides it through the system and down the downspouts away from your home, preventing possible water damage to your roof, walls, foundation, and landscaping. However, that only happens if the gutter system can continue to do its job, which it can’t when it’s clogged with leaves. When do the most leaves fall? In Autumn – that’s why it’s also called Fall. It happens every year. This year, why not get ahead of it and prevent gutter clogs?
What is a Gutter Guard?
A gutter guard is an addition that goes over the top of your gutters. Its job is to prevent solid things from entering the gutter system while allowing rain to get in and flow through the system. The overall effect is to prevent clogs from stopping water flow inside the gutters without the need to clean your gutters or hire someone else to clean your gutters.
Are There Other Benefits of Gutter Guards?
A good gutter guard can protect your home in multiple ways. First, by preventing leaves and debris from entering the gutter system, gutter guards prevent clogging and water damage from clogged gutters. This also means that they’re saving you time, money, and risk – you won’t need to worry about the time you would usually spend cleaning your gutters or arranging to have it done. You won’t have the expense of paying for gutter cleaning or paying to repair the damage that resulted from clogged gutters. Finally, you won’t risk your safety by cleaning them yourself.
But there’s even more than that. When you install gutter guards, you also prevent pests, like birds, bugs, or bats, from nesting in your gutters. This keeps them from causing damage to your roof or from finding a way from the gutter system to the inside of your home. What’s more, gutter guards function as fire protection. Those dry autumn leaves don’t only end up in your gutters when it rains. They can also land there when the weather is dry, and a nearby spark that travels far enough to reach those dry leaves could set them on fire and put your whole house and family at risk.
What’s the Best Gutter Guard?
There are multiple types of gutter guards, from mesh that covers the open tops of the gutters to sponges or foam placed inside the gutters to Gutter Helmet, a ‘nose-forward’ gutter cover. Its design prevents leaves and debris from entering while letting water in.
All gutter guards have pros and cons, but Gutter Helmet is the most effective. Mesh filters that sit flat atop the gutter system may prevent leaves from entering the system, but they can pile on top of the mesh, causing similar problems to an internal clog. Sponges or foam can also collect debris, slowing or stopping water. They also disintegrate and have to be removed eventually. Gutter guards don’t cause leaf pileups, and they’re a permanent gutter protection solution. They can be installed safely without damaging your roof or voiding its warranty.
If you’re tired of autumn foliage getting the best of you and ready to take steps to prevent it, Harry Helmet is ready to help. They have over four decades of experience with gutters and roofs and will use them to bring you the best gutter solutions. Contact them to Schedule a free estimate.