Celina M. Sondergaard Gutter Guards March 13th, 2018 - 09:40:43
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).
You see ads for gutter protectors every where telling you that youll never have to clean gutters again but before you buy think twice. In fact dont think; do research. The cost of gutter protection can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Since most gutter covers are known for poor performance it might make more sense to contract a gutter cleaning service several times a year for between $75 to $100 or so. And if indeed you can find a reputable insured company that will service you its probably the best way to go. Yet that may be a difficult challenge; and having someone else or you cleaning your gutters may not be the way to go.
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.
Often used in the New England area it is rumored to help prevent damage from sliding snow they became Yankee Gutters. These work extremely well and may be as much as twelve inches wide to catch all the water from the roof. They must be maintained however to prevent any leaks. Leaks will penetrate directly into the house itself since the gutter sits inside the exterior wall line. Properly installed and maintained by proper cleaning these gutters have lasted over a hundred years. All gutters have downspouts of some kind. These come in ten foot straight lengths as well as elbows type A and Type B.