Simone A. Thorsen Gutter Guards July 14th, 2018 - 08:45:41
We often spend a large amount of time cleaning and clearing out our gutters in the fall readying ourselves and our house for the incoming season of rain and snow. However how often do we pay attention to cleaning the outside of gutters? A beautiful house is not just tidy inside but must look utterly clean from the outside as well. You may have a beautiful home that has beautiful landscaping winding drive way and sprawling lush green lawns; however one unclean element will have your house standing out from the rest.
Anticipation is met with dismay as within twelve months to eighteen months plants are seen growing through the screens and the gutters are overflowing. Examination of the gutter and the screen reveals the gutter full of a very fine soil like debris with the plants rooted deeply within the dirt. Its absolutely amazing how all this fine debris has accumulated in the gutter from passing through the screens. The idea of self cleaning gutters seems absurd after an experience of this nature. Besides screens there are many other gutter protection devices.
There are cases where due to a large expanse of roof area a larger gutter may be required. Five inch gutters are available that resemble the four inch standard size. The downspouts are increased to four inch from three inch to accommodate the extra water flow. If the downspouts are undersized the water will wash over the outside lip of the gutter defeating the entire intent of the gutter and possibly damage the house or landscaping below. Also available are gutters called "Yankee Gutters". These are built into the roof itself and do not protrude from the roofs edges.
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.