Gutter Guards: A Brief Overview for Our Readers
Gutter guards are not something homeowners usually consider when making home improvement decisions. However gutter guards are important for an efficient gutter system for your home. Our team here at American Standard Roofing provides insight on different types of gutter guards and how they can help improve your guttering system.
What Do Gutters Do?
While we have extensively covered gutters and their history of evolution, it is important to talk come back to basics again. Gutter questions are pretty popular in the industry. Protecting your gutters from fallen leaves and unwanted debris is essential. The main responsibility of gutters is to regulate the water around your home. Gutters funnel water off of the roof and away from your home. This consequently protects your siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage. Clogged gutters may cause a variety of issues including flooded basements, cracked foundations, rotten wood, leaking roofs, slippery sidewalks, and cracked driveways just to name a few.
Why Use Gutter Guards?
One way to avoid the above mentioned problems in your home is to install gutter guards. There are a variety of gutter guards available on the market. It is up to homeowners to determine the amount of money they are willing to spend. Our team here advises to keep long-term benefits of a premium gutter in mind. Homeowners save a lot more by not cutting corners on costs early on in the project.
Types of Gutter Guards:
Our team has narrowed down six of the basic gutter guards currently available are listed below:
- Reverse curve: this is intended to direct water through a small horizontal slit, while preventing leaves and debris from entering the gutter channel. The guard is designed to equal the exact pitch of the roof and to collaborate with the natural gravity and surface pressure. This allows for water to flow right into the gutter while leaves and debris are forced to fall out.
- Mesh: this is a type of guard made from a sheet that has tiny holes in it. It is designed to leave out leaves and debris while letting rainwater go through the holes straight into the gutter. Usually the holes in the sheets are small enough to prevent miniature debris from falling into the gutter. The mesh guard is designed to glide under the roof shingles and attach to the front rim of the existing gutter.
- Bottle brush: this is the most affordable gutter guard in the market. Just as its name suggests it resembles a bottle brush with bristles. It is placed into the entire gutter and serves as a fence against leaves and debris while allowing water to flow unhindered into the gutter.
- Nylon: these gutter guards are ideal for winter conditions. They inhibit snow and ice buildup. They are made from thick industrial strength nylon that fits into the gutter without having to attach to the shingles. Not only are the shingles not affected, but the gutter is also able to completely absorb the incoming water.
- Non-gutter: covers substitute traditional gutters with thin aluminum louvers. The water is broken down into small drops instead of coming down as a heavy sheet. The tiny drops of water are diverted off the roof and do not cause damage.
- Foam: these gutter guards are made from plastic material that is designed to fit straight into the gutter and blocks all debris falling from the roof into the gutter.
Our advice is very simple. Which gutter guard to choose is completely up to homeowners. It depends on their budget and circumstances. But it is extremely important to remember to maintain a clean gutter because this will potentially prevent a number of more serious and expensive problems in the long run.
We’re Here For All Your Gutter Needs!
We are certified and licensed roofing contractors and we know gutters importance. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.