As summer comes to a close, homeowners often consider what maintenance and improvements to make before the weather changes. If you want to make alterations that save time and increase the longevity of your home, you can find many new solutions from top brands like CertainTeed and DecTec. Whether you need repairs to your siding, deck, or roof, there are products that can improve the look and function of your home.
If clogged gutters are a seasonal nuisance, then you’ll find gutter guards a valuable improvement to your gutter system. By blocking the entrance of large particles and debris like leaves and spring blossoms, you greatly decrease the frequency in which you need to maintain your gutters. This means that you don’t need to pay for professional gutter cleaning as much as with traditional open gutters. This can add to significant savings with the gutter guards eventually paying for themselves. However, it’s important to pick the right type of gutter guards to get the best results.
Types of Gutter Guards
The basic design of gutter guards involve a type of material or design to block large particles from entering the gutter. The typical model is a mesh screen or perforated cap over a traditional gutter. However, as you shop around, you will find other types such as:
- Brush guards: These guards are made of bristles that look like pipe cleaners that go right into your gutters. They block most types of debris and are easy to install without removing your old gutters. However, they don’t block all type of debris, such as pine needles. They also need to be cleaned periodically.
- Foam guards: This is an inexpensive and easy guard to install and available as a DIY option. It is made of foam and filters out large particles. However it can get dirty easily and grow seedlings… and sometimes even be a fire hazard. Many roofing experts advise their customers to steer clear of this option.
- Reverse Curve/Surface Tension Guards: This type of gutter guard should be professionally installed. Its curved overhand is fashioned in a way to send rainwater and leaves down to the ground instead of inside the gutter. Though these work for a short term period, the small opening can get easily clogged and needs to be professionally cleaned. Roofing experts also advise against installing this type if the homeowner wants to be hands-off with maintenance. However, when when properly maintained, they can last a long time.
- Screen Guards: These can be professionally installed for the best results, but can also be a DIY project. The screen blocks out large particles but can let in dirt and small debris. For the best results, clean these once a year. This is a popular choice for being inexpensive and easy to install.
- Micro Mesh Guards: Rated among the best type of gutter guards, micro mesh has tiny holes that are barely visible to the naked eye. These are professionally installed and are made of durable stainless steel. They are considered a permanent system that is maintenance-free. Hardly anything at all can enter so you don’t need to clean it.
Gutter Guard Installation Deal
Until November 1, 2020, If you get a full roof replacement with new gutters, we’ll install gutter guards for FREE. Keeps your roof in great condition by keeping away leaves, pests, and other debris like flower buds and seeds out of your gutters. When your system is clutter-free, it works properly with as little maintenance as possible.
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Make sure that your home is properly protected from the damaging natural effects by getting a high-quality, seamless gutter system. Give us a call today at (703) 404-0505 for an in-home consultation. You can also use our contact form while you are here on our website.