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Clara O. Mikkelsen Gutter Guards June 09th, 2018 - 20:26:16
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).
Spikes come in both white and dark brown pre-finished head colors to match the gutters. Roof straps are for me the least desirable mounting method. They are used when the fascia board is weak or non-existent. The strap is nailed down into the roofing under the bottom shingle and hangs off the edge of the eave. The gutter is placed inside the strap assembly and the strap is locked into place. I have seen these straps face nailed into the bottom course of shingles but this is highly undesirable and will surely leak as the year pass.
Matching color gutter straps are also available. Downspouts must be secured firmly to the house as falling water places a heavy load on the pipe and fittings and can actually pull a downspout loose from the gutter or house. Once I have the downspouts in a finished configuration that I like I rivet each pipe and fitting together with two matching color rivets. Additional rivets used to secure the straps to the leader pipe leaves a nice looking end product that will not pull apart. Also important to a good gutter system is to provide a way for the water to get from the end of the downspout away from the house foundation.
Water will follow the contour and run downward into what would be the gutter. But what would happen it you place some wet leaves on top of the gutter cover?. If you dont have leaves use a dollar bill as it will mimic a wet leaf and will move slowly to the fin and instead of dropping off the fin watch it follow the fin downward with the water into what would be the gutter. Youll notice that this type of gutter guard will pass full sized leaves along with most of the tiny buds and blossoms in the spring time. No doubt about the fin type of gutter being self cleaning.