A leaf guard is a type of gutter guard that protects your gutters from being clogged up with leaves and other debris. There are a few different types of gutter guards, but not all of them keep leaves out. A leaf guard will keep everything else out of your gutters while still allowing water to pass through.
How a Leaf Guard Works
A leaf guard is a type of debris shield. This micro-filter screen is designed to sit directly on top of the gutter. It’s fitted into the sides of the gutter so that it won’t blow out, but that’s all the work you really have to do—once you’ve installed the leaf guards, you won’t have to get up there and clean out your gutters every few months. You may need to check your leaf guards once a year to make sure nothing is sitting on top of them, but you don’t even need a ladder to do that. If you have a broom with a long enough handle, you can simply run it across your gutters while standing on the ground.
These micro-filters catch anything that’s larger than a drop of water. As the name says, they keep out leaves, but they also keep out a lot of other things. You won’t have to worry about your gutters being clogged by twigs, ice, snow, or anything else.
Why are Leaf Guards Important?
There are a number of different reasons why you may want to install leaf guards. The main reason is that it keeps your gutters from getting clogged. If that happens, the water will back up and overflow. It will then end up all around your home instead of being funneled away via the gutters. This can cause damage to your sidewalks, flowerbeds, basement, or foundation.
Another reason why you want to have leaf guards installed is that they can keep you safe. Cleaning out your gutters several times a year can be dangerous and time-consuming. You have to climb up the ladder, clear out whatever parts of the gutter you can reach then climb down, move the ladder, and do it all over again. People have been known to fall while doing this. If you have knee problems, climbing up and down can aggravate them.
Another health-related issue is dealing with any dead animals that have ended up in your gutter. While it’s not common, it is possible for squirrels, birds, and other creatures to crawl into your gutters and, for one reason or another, die. These dead animals can be partially decomposed by the time you find them, and they may have parasites and other harmful things on them. That’s in addition to the smell, which is sure to be bad. Leaf guards can keep mosquitoes out of your gutters, too, which can help prevent the spread of several diseases such as West Nile.
Which Buildings are Best for Leaf Guards?
Leaf guards are most often installed on homes, but they can be used on virtually any building with gutters. Offices, manufacturing plants, and apartment buildings can all benefit from leaf guards.
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