This is probably a question many of you ask yourself, especially in the autumn when you spend hours up on a ladder fishing leaves and other debris out of your gutters. While there is no fool proof answer to this question, having the right information about gutter guards can better help you make an informed decision about whether or not your home needs gutter guards.
What do Gutter Guards Do?
Gutter guards are meant to protect your gutters from excess debris such as leaves and twigs accumulating in them and blocking the water from flowing away freely away from your home. What they are not is a magic solution that allows you the freedom of never climbing a ladder again to clean out your gutters. You will still have to clean them out periodically; the difference is that the frequency will be decreased and the job will be easier with gutter guards.
Is there More than one Type of Gutter Guard?
Plain and simple – yes, there are a large variety of gutter guards for you to choose from. Knowing the benefits of each will help you determine which one is right for your home.
Reverse Curve – With its side slots and solid cover, this gutter guard encourages leaves and debris to the fall to the ground rather than accumulate in the gutter
Mesh Guards – These guards are made for homeowners that collect rainwater to water their gardens and landscaping. A mesh screen is attached to the roof shingles and covers the gutter so that no debris, not even small grains of sand can enter the gutter, giving you pure rainwater to use at a later time.
Nylon – These gutter guards do not require the attachment to shingles, they are made to fit into your gutters and are good for preventing snow and ice accumulation in your gutters.
Bottle Brush – Just as the names suggests, this type of gutter guard is a bristled brush that lies upright in your gutter and causes leaves and other debris to stick to the bristles, not clogging your gutter while the water flows out freely.
Foam – Placed right in your gutter, foam gutter guards are made of a polyurethane substance that stop the accumulation of anything in your gutters, allowing water to flow freely through them.