Josefine A. Bak Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 22:25:02
Tug on the downspout. Remember many pounds of water will be flowing through this pipe at one time during a storm and in winter areas freezing rain or ice and can freeze solid in the pipe. If your wall brackets are not properly nailed or not enough straps are used the downspouts will surely fail. Lastly a good investment is to place splash blocks under the outlet at the bottom of each downspout. Even if the downspout exits onto an asphalt or concrete driveway use a splash block. Rushing concentrated water from a downspout will quickly damage your driveway or patio surface.
The splash block helps carry the water away from the foundation and prevents soil erosion alongside the foundation as well. Splash blocks are available in concrete plastic and fiberglass. All function well so the decision on your part is price and final appearance. I avoid gutters unless they are absolutely necessary or building code required. A door in the eave end of a building requires a gutter over the door. It does not require a gutter the entire length of the building. Gutters capture leaves and other debris cause ice dams in snow areas and need constant cleaning. I avoid them whenever possible.
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.
There are commercial products that attach the downspout end that rolls out when water in the leader puts enough pressure on the inside of the roll. The plastic roll has holes to act like a sprinkler hose thereby letting the water out slowly causing no damage to plants or lawns below. There are many types of after market gutter accessories to prevent leaves and other debris from entering the gutters and clogging them. Gutters must be cleaned at least once a year to prevent debris from clogging the downspouts and causing gutter overflows.