The Basics of Gutter Guards

A gutter guard is a small device that is designed to keep things out of the gutters on your home. While not all houses have gutters, those that do often vex their owners—once a year or so, you have to drag out the ladder, climb up to the side of the roof, and manually clean out the gutters.

This involves pulling out clumps of wet, decomposing leaves, pieces of shingle that may have come loose due to storms, and even dead animals. It’s a pain because you either have to get on the roof (a dangerous idea) or climb up and down the ladder, moving it in between climbs. Either way, it’s a lot of work.

What Do Gutters Do?

The concept behind the gutter is simple: rainwater is collected in the gutters and is channeled down to a downspout, where it’s released out away from the foundation. This prevents water from soaking into the ground around the foundation of the home or leaking into the basement or coming in under the doors.

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Clogged Gutters

When gutters are clogged, there’s simply nowhere for that water to go. This can cause the gutters to overflow, which results in water pouring down around the home’s foundation. Basically, having clogged gutters is like having no gutters at all. That’s why it’s important to keep them clean. Otherwise, there’s really no point in having gutters.

What Gutter Guards Do

Gutter guards are designed to keep everything but rain water out of your gutters. There are a number of different types of gutter guards:

  • Mesh – leaves and other debris are caught on top of the mesh cover while water passes through.
  • Reverse curve – water falls into the gutters through a small opening that debris can’t fit through.
  • Foam – this plastic guard fits inside the gutter and prevents things from clogging it.
  • Bottle brush – the bristles on this guard catch items before they can fall into the gutter.
  • Nylon – this fabric type of gutter guard is good during the winter months because it holds ice and snow until they can melt into the gutter.

All gutter guards are usually made out of stainless steel and have been manufactured to withstand the elements. Most gutter guards are either installed by screwing the guard to the front lip of the gutter or by using strong acrylic foam tape.

When it rains, the water passes through the guard and into the gutters, running down to the downspout and away from the home. But when leaves and other things fall onto the gutter guard, they’re blocked. They may cover the top of the gutter guard, but usually strong winds blow them right off, leaving the gutters free to collect water as they’re designed to.

Of course, there may be times when you do have to clean off the gutter guards or replace a few panels if you get a really heavy storm, but you won’t need to do so as regularly as you would need to clean the gutters.

At Gutter King, we have your gutters covered with our selection of gutter guards. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and to learn more.