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Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 09th, 2018 - 21:26:19
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.
Next are the gutter guards with solid tops and a rounded front nose or fin. The water flows down the front nose through a space about 3/8" width into the gutter. You would think that the water would just skip off the gutter cover onto the ground but no. It is actually directed into the gutter as it sticks to the surface of the leaf guard. After experience with screens and filters it makes sense to doubt the ability of these devices to make gutters self cleaning and rightly so. Go to your kitchen sink and run water over a small section of the gutter cover.
4. Flat solid top with rounded front nose and a trough--fin type with trough. Since the basic fin type fails the next progression was to add a trough. But it doesnt take a college graduate to see that debris that goes into the trough (basic screening system) will either clog the trough or break down and pass into the gutter and clog it. See resource box for photos. 5. Flipping type gutter or rain dispersal units. These require removing your gutters and installing either a gutter with a hinge that gets flipped or fins (installed horizontal to the fascia board) to disperse the water.
The splash block helps carry the water away from the foundation and prevents soil erosion alongside the foundation as well. Splash blocks are available in concrete plastic and fiberglass. All function well so the decision on your part is price and final appearance. I avoid gutters unless they are absolutely necessary or building code required. A door in the eave end of a building requires a gutter over the door. It does not require a gutter the entire length of the building. Gutters capture leaves and other debris cause ice dams in snow areas and need constant cleaning. I avoid them whenever possible.