Emilie J. Toft Gutter Guards June 09th, 2018 - 21:26:35
This gutter guard is the only rounded nose type that limits the amount of debris or size of debris that can pass into the gutter. This one system has proved that gutters can stay free flowing in heavy debris conditions for twenty years; and thats no small feat. The only downside is that in heavy debris conditions debris can accumulate on the louvers and block them off meaning that some kind of maintenance is required. Whereas most other products require someone to go up a ladder and clean the gutter or the cover it can easily be done from the ground using a telescopic pole and brush. Because its easy to see where cleaning is required theres no guessing where to do the brushing. No rain coats are required (as might be with the flip type gutter) to do this simple task as it can actually be done dressed in a suit and tie. After all telling someone who has to clean his gutters several times during the fall that no maintenance will be required is like asking the him to believe in Santa Claus.
Anticipation is met with dismay as within twelve months to eighteen months plants are seen growing through the screens and the gutters are overflowing. Examination of the gutter and the screen reveals the gutter full of a very fine soil like debris with the plants rooted deeply within the dirt. Its absolutely amazing how all this fine debris has accumulated in the gutter from passing through the screens. The idea of self cleaning gutters seems absurd after an experience of this nature. Besides screens there are many other gutter protection devices.
Gutter companies will come to your home and using a special machine on a trailer roll out any length gutter you need in one piece. They can install the end caps and outlet as well. Trying to handle a twenty thirty or forty foot gutter is not an easy job by any means. If you purchase the gutter and decide to install it yourself remember if it bends or kinks during installation you own it. A really good idea is to have the contractor install it for you. If you decide to install a gutter yourself anything over ten feet is a two man job in almost all cases.
Once the gutter is mounted you can proceed on to install the downspouts. Downspout fittings come in what are called either A or B types. They are both approximately 45 degree elbows but one is on the flat and the other is curved. Using combinations of fittings and solid downspout piping make up the entire downspout in one piece on the ground by trial and error fittings. You can bend the elbows slightly and using left and right fittings to clear other obstructions until you have a finished length of downspout that will take the water directly to the ground or splash block below.