Josefine A. Bak Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 22:09:40
If you choose the wrong product it can also be nightmarish with flooded basements mildew mold soil erosion and worse yet the be totally dependent on the installing company as you can no longer access your own gutters to clean them. So lets do some research. Basically there are six different types of gutter protection devices: 1. Screening devices which are not really recognized as gutter protection devices. Made of wire metal or plastic they work simply with gravity and require routine ladder maintenance.
Why? Answer: There are several reasons: 1. Not all gutter cleaners do a good job. Rosemary paid $75 to have her gutters cleaned and just three days later they overflowed. Did the contractor do a bad job or did enough leaves fall to clog the downspout? Answer: No way to tell. 2. The fellow Joe hired to clean his gutters didnt have any insurance. Big problem! Unfortunately there was an accident with the ladder and the fellow sued Joe; and Joe went through a nightmare the fellows doctors and Joes own insurance company.
4. Flat solid top with rounded front nose and a trough--fin type with trough. Since the basic fin type fails the next progression was to add a trough. But it doesnt take a college graduate to see that debris that goes into the trough (basic screening system) will either clog the trough or break down and pass into the gutter and clog it. See resource box for photos. 5. Flipping type gutter or rain dispersal units. These require removing your gutters and installing either a gutter with a hinge that gets flipped or fins (installed horizontal to the fascia board) to disperse the water.
When rain water flowing from the roof strikes the guards the guards scatter the water over a large area thereby dissipating the force of the water falling directly onto the ground below the eave edges. They do not carry the water away from the foundation however which must be a consideration before installing them. Pre-made gutter sections come in ten foot lengths. If you need a longer gutter you must use gutter splices and caulk to seal them. These splices tend to sag and leak over time so you should strongly consider having a one piece gutter made for you.