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Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 09th, 2018 - 21:08:50
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.
The good news is that there is one more design to look at and that is of a gutter protector which uses two rows of interspersed louvers in the front portion of the gutter cover to replace the one long fin. Because of the size of the louvers nothing longer than 3/4" can enter the gutter. Whats more is that in order for anything that size to enter the gutter it has to hit the louver perfectly. The other difference is that the width of the opening for water to enter the gutter is only 1/8" instead of 3/8" further and sufficiently limiting the size of the debris. Visual inspections after twenty years of service (thats right not one or two years but twenty) shows that as the water cascades into the bottom of the gutter it causes a swirling which constantly stirs up the bottom of the gutter moving what little debris enters the gutter toward and down the downspout. Yes the hopes of self cleaning gutters for all types of trees--locust pine oak ash and so on is a reality today.
Do not drive the spikes all the way. Proceed along the gutter in two foot incremental spaces until reaching the opposite end of the gutter. Get down off your ladder and look at the gutter. Does it tip ever so slightly towards the downspout hole? If it is really noticeable it may be too much tilt. Now is the time to adjust the gutter slope before you drive the spikes completely into the wood. If you are happy with the gutter go ahead and drive the spikes flush with the gutter but do not compress the gutter or ferrules.
There are commercial products that attach the downspout end that rolls out when water in the leader puts enough pressure on the inside of the roll. The plastic roll has holes to act like a sprinkler hose thereby letting the water out slowly causing no damage to plants or lawns below. There are many types of after market gutter accessories to prevent leaves and other debris from entering the gutters and clogging them. Gutters must be cleaned at least once a year to prevent debris from clogging the downspouts and causing gutter overflows.