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Emilie J. Toft Seamless Gutters June 10th, 2018 - 11:29:47
The end of summer means different things to different people. Back to school. The start of football season. The start of foliage season. If you are homeowner it also means its time to start routinely cleaning out your gutters. Pine needles dead leaves acorns and twigs are just some of the many forms of debris that can gather in your gutters over the course of the summer. This build up can prevent water from properly draining down your gutters downspouts. Keeping your gutters clean and free from debris is important all year but especially as fall rolls around and the buildup of debris is hastened by dying tree branches.
The gutters may become loose or even fall under the weight of the ice. If the gutters or downspouts are clogged the gutters ice up faster. Ice will start building up on the roof a lot sooner potentially causing ice dams resulting in expensive repairs. Cleaning your gutters regularly will make each cleaning a simple easy job and prevent much more expensive and frustrating gutter problems. When Do My Gutters Need to Be Cleaned? Many people will agree that gutter maintenance is important but they may not know when their gutters truly need to be cleaned.
The regular gutters should be given priority for the maintenance as the leaves and debris get clogged when kept unnoticed for long duration. The gutter maintenance can be done periodically with ease even by the non-professionals. Alternatively there is another form of gutter which is introduced with seam called the leaf guard gutter which diverts the leaf and shed outside the gutter. Pros:· Less expensive than seamless gutter · Maintenance should be done by the professionals.· Defect portion can be easily replaced without disturbing the rest.
Still another question: Even if you could have self cleaning gutters how about self cleaning leafguards? Am I getting ahead of myself? Having been in the business of gutter protection for over twenty years I can say that Ive only seen three types of leafguards that dont let the gutters clog inside. One was a flat louvered screen device. When we inspected the gutter inside they were clean enough to eat upon. 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. I think youll agree that neither keeps the homeowner off ladders if they routinely need their tops to be cleaned.