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Simone A. Thorsen Gutter Screens June 10th, 2018 - 18:40:15
And theres all kinds of debris with which to deal--leaves of all shapes and sizes needles and blossoms. 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.
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.
They are prone to brittle in extreme cold weather condition. For such a climate aluminum gutter is good. For a warm climatic condition white vinyl gutters are good. Stainless steel and copper gutters are the most expensive ones. So if you have low budget you should opt for other items. But these materials will not rust and are not strong. Price of this type of gutter can be up to 20 dollar/liner foot. On the other hand a faux-copper gutter created from aluminum (also called as "Musket Brown") costs 9 dollar/ linear foot.
When your gutters get clogged the rain or snow has nowhere to go but up on the roof or down the side of the house seeping into the interior walls and foundation causing damage. Bad gutters start sagging or pull away from the fascia board caused from too much snow weighing down the gutter. When the gutters are not protected with gutter guards they take a lot of wear and tear from trees animal feces snow ice and rain. When you have a solid guttering system the rain water and melted snow will run through the gutter in to the downspout out on the ground running away from your home. Without the gutter guard protection your gutters will eventually cause damage costing you thousands of dollars in repairs that could have been prevented.