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Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 09th, 2018 - 21:26:23
You see ads for gutter protectors every where telling you that youll never have to clean gutters again but before you buy think twice. In fact dont think; do research. The cost of gutter protection can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Since most gutter covers are known for poor performance it might make more sense to contract a gutter cleaning service several times a year for between $75 to $100 or so. And if indeed you can find a reputable insured company that will service you its probably the best way to go. Yet that may be a difficult challenge; and having someone else or you cleaning your gutters may not be the way to go.
Do My Gutters Need to Be Cleaned? Many homeowners may wonder how necessary it actually is to clean their gutters. Debris will clog your gutters and prevent water from passing. This backed up water can cause major damage to your roof above or your home below. Instead of being directed away from your house water may begin to overflow onto your yard foundation or into a window well causing flooding and damage. In the winter icicles may form in these places and become a dangerous hazard to people or objects below. Also if water is allowed to freeze and weigh down your gutters over time the nails may work their way out of the fascia (the board between the gutters and the house).
One such device is a membrane that is installed either in the gutter itself as a filter or a brush. Another is a micro mesh filter that covers the gutters. But remembering the nature of the debris youll realize that these are not self cleaning gutters either. The same anticipation is met with dismay as the fine soil-like debris accumulates in the gutter and actually builds an impenetrable layer over the filter causing gutters to overflow. The filters in the cover likewise become clogged. If tree debris were like coffee grounds theyd probably work but tree debris is much finer clogging the filter requiring cleaning or replacement.
If you choose the wrong product it can also be nightmarish with flooded basements mildew mold soil erosion and worse yet the be totally dependent on the installing company as you can no longer access your own gutters to clean them. So lets do some research. Basically there are six different types of gutter protection devices: 1. Screening devices which are not really recognized as gutter protection devices. Made of wire metal or plastic they work simply with gravity and require routine ladder maintenance.