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Emilie J. Toft Gutter Screens June 09th, 2018 - 21:23:43
Three things are necessary to have self cleaning gutters: 1. A leaf guard of a specific nature must be installed on the gutter. 2. The quantity and size of the debris entering the gutter must be limited by the gutter guard. 3. A constant mixing must be created by the water entering the gutter from the gutter guards. Self cleaning gutters seem like an impossible dream with all this said. Anyone who has a home surrounded by trees who has to clean his gutters three or four times in the fall and a couple times in the spring knows that a tremendous amount of debris falls upon the roof and collects in the gutter.
The gutters would normally clog on a yearly basis but four years later after installation of the Waterloov product they were found to be free flowing and clean. Only a small trace amount of dirt--approximately 1/32" deep was found in the bottom of the gutter indicating that the dirt was constantly being swept along and down the downspout. With this specific design self cleaning gutters are a reality. Whats more important is that as the these gutter guards may require servicing in heavy debris conditions its simple to do from the ground with a telescopic pole and brush--its called suit and tie maintenance since its not a dirty job. An additional advantage is that unlike the flat gutter guards that need servicing it can easily be seen from the ground where the brushing is required.
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.
When a professional gutter company is hired for the work the prices will climb a bit with averages ranging from $1050 and $2400 and with separate prices assigned to downspout installations. For the reason of this discussion we will look at the requirements and price to install 200 feet of gutters. Cost breakdown For the rain gutter installation the typical costs include: Materials - Costs for rain gutters range widely with vinyl and PVCC being the least expensive. There are also aluminum rain gutters (which gets dented very easily and which become brittle with the direct exposure towards the elements) galvanized steel gutters wood gutters and even copper gutters.