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Clara O. Mikkelsen Gutter Guards June 09th, 2018 - 20:34:48
The good news is that there is one more design to look at and that is of a gutter protector which uses two rows of interspersed louvers in the front portion of the gutter cover to replace the one long fin. Because of the size of the louvers nothing longer than 3/4" can enter the gutter. Whats more is that in order for anything that size to enter the gutter it has to hit the louver perfectly. The other difference is that the width of the opening for water to enter the gutter is only 1/8" instead of 3/8" further and sufficiently limiting the size of the debris. Visual inspections after twenty years of service (thats right not one or two years but twenty) shows that as the water cascades into the bottom of the gutter it causes a swirling which constantly stirs up the bottom of the gutter moving what little debris enters the gutter toward and down the downspout. Yes the hopes of self cleaning gutters for all types of trees--locust pine oak ash and so on is a reality today.
The splash block helps carry the water away from the foundation and prevents soil erosion alongside the foundation as well. Splash blocks are available in concrete plastic and fiberglass. All function well so the decision on your part is price and final appearance. I avoid gutters unless they are absolutely necessary or building code required. A door in the eave end of a building requires a gutter over the door. It does not require a gutter the entire length of the building. Gutters capture leaves and other debris cause ice dams in snow areas and need constant cleaning. I avoid them whenever possible.
Next are the gutter guards with solid tops and a rounded front nose or fin. The water flows down the front nose through a space about 3/8" width into the gutter. You would think that the water would just skip off the gutter cover onto the ground but no. It is actually directed into the gutter as it sticks to the surface of the leaf guard. After experience with screens and filters it makes sense to doubt the ability of these devices to make gutters self cleaning and rightly so. Go to your kitchen sink and run water over a small section of the gutter cover.
There are two other types of gutter guards we can look into but so far the idea of self cleaning gutters is only a dream. Another breed of leaf guards is the fin type with a trough with sieve openings. Yet it doesnt take a college graduate to see that all the debris that sticks to the fin will indeed go into the trough where it has no place to go except to clog the sieves or deteriorate even further pass through the sieves in sufficient amount to clog the gutters. No hope of self cleaning gutters here either. To achieve self cleaning gutters the size of debris that enters the gutter must be limited.