Celina M. Sondergaard Gutter Guards June 10th, 2018 - 14:58:13
3. Claire had a company clean her gutters at an advertised price of $75 but ended up paying $350. The company replaced end caps drop tubes elbows and charged her an arm and a leg for every additional service. 4. Jim always cleaned his gutters until his ladder slipped and he ended up falling through his living room bay window and ended up in the hospital with a broken pelvis. Yes to avoid these issues it looks like the smart thing to do is install a gutter protector with a promise to solve clogged gutter problems. But buyer be ware.
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).
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.
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.