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Emilie J. Toft Seamless Gutters June 09th, 2018 - 21:20:02
Still another question: Even if you could have self cleaning gutters how about self cleaning leafguards? Am I getting ahead of myself? Having been in the business of gutter protection for over twenty years I can say that Ive only seen three types of leafguards that dont let the gutters clog inside. One was a flat louvered screen device. When we inspected the gutter inside they were clean enough to eat upon. The problem was that the top of the gutter covers were completely closed off with pine needles--looked like a thatched roof and water could not enter the gutter. So I must ask What good is it if no water can enter the gutter? The second type is a micro mesh flat screen that likewise gets installed on top of the gutter. And just as with the screen nothing gets into the gutter when it clogs on top. Now the louvered system previously mentioned only costs about $3.00 per foot to have installed and the micro mesh product can cost nearly $20 per foot. I think youll agree that neither keeps the homeowner off ladders if they routinely need their tops to be cleaned.
We often spend a large amount of time cleaning and clearing out our gutters in the fall readying ourselves and our house for the incoming season of rain and snow. However how often do we pay attention to cleaning the outside of gutters? A beautiful house is not just tidy inside but must look utterly clean from the outside as well. You may have a beautiful home that has beautiful landscaping winding drive way and sprawling lush green lawns; however one unclean element will have your house standing out from the rest.
Do My Gutters Need to Be Cleaned? Many homeowners may wonder how necessary it actually is to clean their gutters. Debris will clog your gutters and prevent water from passing. This backed up water can cause major damage to your roof above or your home below. Instead of being directed away from your house water may begin to overflow onto your yard foundation or into a window well causing flooding and damage. In the winter icicles may form in these places and become a dangerous hazard to people or objects below. Also if water is allowed to freeze and weigh down your gutters over time the nails may work their way out of the fascia (the board between the gutters and the house).
The best gutter guard is necessary to keep your gutters clean and free flowing if you have heavy tree debris conditions. By what criteria do you select the best gutter guard? Is price the answer? Usually not. The best gutter guard may not be the most expensive one. There are four types of gutter covers available. Screening devices are the first type. Simply put they are inadequate. Primitive gutter screens pass sufficient debris to clog the gutter and the most recent micro mesh types even though they may not let any debris into the gutter lets debris stay on top of the gutter screen and keeps water out. Fins or a rounded front nose used to collect water are the second type.