Simone A. Thorsen Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 13:19:59
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.
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).
Matching color gutter straps are also available. Downspouts must be secured firmly to the house as falling water places a heavy load on the pipe and fittings and can actually pull a downspout loose from the gutter or house. Once I have the downspouts in a finished configuration that I like I rivet each pipe and fitting together with two matching color rivets. Additional rivets used to secure the straps to the leader pipe leaves a nice looking end product that will not pull apart. Also important to a good gutter system is to provide a way for the water to get from the end of the downspout away from the house foundation.
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.