Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 16:25:45
Can there truly be gutters that are self cleaning? If you live in a forest of trees this sounds like a wild idea. All year long--not just in the spring or fall--twigs and tons of debris fall. Gutter cleaning is a year round chore--something that needs to be done every week from mid September through mid December and two or three times in the spring. The idea of self cleaning gutters is simply silly if youve ever seen a gutter full of leaves and debris. Most homeowners in this environment attempt to solve the problem first with screens.
Why? Answer: There are several reasons: 1. Not all gutter cleaners do a good job. Rosemary paid $75 to have her gutters cleaned and just three days later they overflowed. Did the contractor do a bad job or did enough leaves fall to clog the downspout? Answer: No way to tell. 2. The fellow Joe hired to clean his gutters didnt have any insurance. Big problem! Unfortunately there was an accident with the ladder and the fellow sued Joe; and Joe went through a nightmare the fellows doctors and Joes own insurance company.
How to Install Gutters Gutters come in several different sizes although most people never notice. You may have become accustomed to seeing white and brown gutters on homes but in fact many custom colors are available today. I built a Marine barracks in New York that required all red trims. Louvers vents fascias and soffit materials and yes even the gutters and downspouts were a matching red color. As with window units there are dozens of custom colors to choose from today. Almost all residential applications use a four inch by four inch wide standard gutter and three inch downspouts or leaders.
When rain water flowing from the roof strikes the guards the guards scatter the water over a large area thereby dissipating the force of the water falling directly onto the ground below the eave edges. They do not carry the water away from the foundation however which must be a consideration before installing them. Pre-made gutter sections come in ten foot lengths. If you need a longer gutter you must use gutter splices and caulk to seal them. These splices tend to sag and leak over time so you should strongly consider having a one piece gutter made for you.