5 Types of Gutter Guards Every Homeowner Should Know About and What to Avoid
One of the best things you can do to protect your Bucks County or Montgomery County home from another bad winter is to install gutter guards. But beware, all gutter guards are not created equal. When it comes to channeling water, keeping leaves and debris out of the gutter, and reducing gutter maintenance, there are many options. To make the homeowner’s decision easier, this post provides a breakdown of your options and includes the guards you should avoid.
Bottle Brush Guards
Inexpensive “bottle brush” guards such as GutterBrush are made of heavy-duty bristles. When inserted inside the gutter, the bristles are supposed to prevent leaves and debris from accumulating. In reality, many users have found that leaves simply build up behind the projecting bristles or become stuck on the bristles themselves, defeating the purpose of installing gutter guards in the first place.
Foam Gutter Guards
Made from porous polyurethane, this guard inserts directly into the gutter and a common brand is GutterStuff. While the foam allows water to flow slowly through the gutter, users report the foam begins to deteriorate and become brittle after only two years of use. The foam also allows shingle granules to pass through and collect at the bottom of the gutter.
Perforated Metal Guards
Perforated metal guards fit under shingles and cover the gutter. This type of cover is effective at keeping out leaves, but not needles, pods and seeds. As small debris becomes stuck in the perforations and covers the trough created by the gutter guard, water is increasingly likely to overflow because it can’t get through to the gutter below.
Reverse curve or surface tension gutter guards are designed to move rainwater down. They also cause leaves and other debris to drop down to the ground rather than collecting in your gutters. Unfortunately most of these guards lift up roof shingles, which could void your roof warranty. They don’t work as effectively as they should because clogs can form when debris builds up in the opening. You might also have a pest problem if bees or wasps get through the opening and build nests in your gutters.
Micro Mesh Gutter Guards
Super-fine mesh screens were designed to eliminate the problems with perforated metal covers. Micro mesh gutter guards have tiny holes that are barely visible to the naked eye. These guards, which are typically made of stainless steel, allow water through while keeping debris out. Consumer Reports named these as the best type of gutter protection and they offer a permanent solution to clogged gutters. Micro mesh gutter guards are an ideal option if you want a maintenance-free system to protect your gutters.
Evaluating Micro Mesh Gutter Guards
When you’re comparing your options for these guards, keep the following tips in mind:
Look for a system with an aluminum frame instead of a plastic one. Plastic guards can become warped and fall over time.
Look for guards that will not disturb your shingles or roof.
Look for micro mesh gutter guards that offer different screen sizes and protection for all kinds of clogs.
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