Rosa A. Ostergaard Gutter Screens June 22nd, 2018 - 09:08:37
In terms of climates gutter usage isnt exclusive to one particular area. However areas such as Connecticut and other parts of New England often need better protection for their gutters. New England states are known for their foliage in autumn but after the leaves change to bright shades of orange and red they begin to fall off the trees in late October and early November. Around this time residents of New England states as well as Mid-Atlantic States like New York and Pennsylvania find that their gutters become filled with leaves.
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.
Copper and stainless steel gutters run the highest in terms of costs. These high-end materials are strong and will not rust or rot. They can cost up to $20 per linear foot. A faux-copper gutter made of aluminum called "Musket Brown" sells for $9 per linear foot. Aluminum gutters are by far the most popular because they do not rust are lightweight and cost anywhere from $4-$8 per linear foot. However these gutters are more easily damaged by ladders and branches which may cost more money in repairs over several years.
This gutter guard is the only rounded nose type that limits the amount of debris or size of debris that can pass into the gutter. This one system has proved that gutters can stay free flowing in heavy debris conditions for twenty years; and thats no small feat. The only downside is that in heavy debris conditions debris can accumulate on the louvers and block them off meaning that some kind of maintenance is required. Whereas most other products require someone to go up a ladder and clean the gutter or the cover it can easily be done from the ground using a telescopic pole and brush. Because its easy to see where cleaning is required theres no guessing where to do the brushing. No rain coats are required (as might be with the flip type gutter) to do this simple task as it can actually be done dressed in a suit and tie. After all telling someone who has to clean his gutters several times during the fall that no maintenance will be required is like asking the him to believe in Santa Claus.