How Do Gutter Protection Systems Work?

| 1 December 2015

Gutter cleaning is an Autumn chore no one enjoys, but it is necessary nevertheless. Allowing sticks, leaves, and other tree debris to accumulate in your home or building’s gutters can lead to standing water. Aside from the resulting repulsive stench, mosquitoes naturally claim uncleaned gutters as their breeding grounds. Furthermore, the excessive weight of refuse buildup puts a lot of stress on the gutters and fascia brackets, which can ultimately lead to premature wear and tear.

Gutter Protection

How to Get Rid of Gutter Problems?

What if there was an easier way to get the job done though, or for that matter avoid it altogether? Instead of scaling the ladder with garden gloves in tow, home and business owners can do away with the labor of love by investing in a quality gutter protection system.

Also commonly referred to as gutter guards, these devices are designed to prevent everything but water from entering your gutters. Little do many people know, they are available in 5 different types, each of which provides its own unique set of advantages for building owners. These are mesh, reverse curve, bottle brush, nylon, and foam. Below is a brief overview of each kind of system, and the main benefit they offer.

  1. Mesh Gutter Guards – Connected directly to roof shingles, these metal guards enclose gutters and allow water to enter via tiny holes. Given its durability and versatility, mesh is always a sound material choice for gutter protection.
  2. Reverse Curve – These gutter guards feature a downward slope that forces sticks and leaves off the roof while simultaneously catching water by way of a slightly jutted lip.
  3. Bottle Brush – Perhaps one of the most interesting gutter guard concepts, bottle brush systems contain soft bristles that restrict leaves from getting inside. Debris is captured as water subsequently passes through. The bristles are attached to a metal rod that can be easily inserted and pulled out, making the gutter cleaning process a breeze.
  4. Nylon – Used more often in harsh winter weather climates, nylon guards are made to prevent excessive snow and ice buildup, which as you probably know, are a major cause of gutter collapses.
  5. Foam – Simple and effective, plastic foam inserts safeguard thousands of residential and commercial gutters from rubbish build up. They are an affordable alternative to many higher-end protection systems.

Choosing the right gutter guard can sometimes be a challenge. To ensure you make the right selection for your home or business needs, get in touch with a home improvement specialist at Landmark Home Solutions, today!

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