Let’s be honest. No one likes cleaning out their gutters. The muck that builds up in gutters is unpleasant, to say the least, and braving a rickety ladder while cleaning it out makes the task that much harder.
Leaf guards have recently flooded the market as a simple, hassle-free solution for cleaning gutters. These innovative gutter products are known by a variety of names, such as leaf guards, gutter guards, and gutter covers. No matter what you call them, they all serve the same purpose: to block debris from building up in your gutters and downspouts.
With the sudden boom of leaf guards, there’s a wide range of brands and types on the market. Some guards are made simply of mesh, while others are made of durable uPVC. Depending on the type of guard you choose, it can be installed under the shingles of your roof or directly on your gutters.
Once installed, these leaf guards will protect your gutters from falling pine needles, seeds, and other common debris. The mesh or cover filters litter from the rainwater, which stops the debris from entering and clogging the gutter.
The market is full of different types of leaf guards, but it can be a bit intimidating to figure out which type to choose for your property. There are six main categories of leaf guards to choose between, and some may better suit your property than others.
These leaf guards are built to move water down and away from your roof. Plus, they can help debris fall to the ground instead of in your gutter.
Mesh or micro-mesh leaf guards have finely perforated holes to ensure that only water gets past the mesh.
Bottle-brush leaf guards have strong bristles that are placed inside the gutter. These bristles catch debris and prevent it from building.
Vinyl leaf guards are built to be unnoticeable to passersby. These guards prevent debris build-up and stop rainwater from going behind your roof’s fascia.
A long piece of foam is cut and stuffed directly into your gutter. Any water can flow smoothly into the gutter while leaves are stopped from entering the gutter system.
Louver or louvre leaf guards have small slits in them for water to rush through while keeping out unwanted plant material. .
Make no mistake, leaf guards cut out a huge need for cleaning out your gutters. However, even with a leaf guard, small debris may still work its way into your gutters. While small, this litter will accumulate over time and cause problems. Keep your leaf guards in tip-top shape with regular cleaning and maintenance.
Some types of leaf guards require less maintenance than others, but the regularity of your maintenance depends on where your building is located. For homes and other buildings in the thick of the city, you’ll likely need less maintenance than your counterparts because there are usually fewer trees in the hub of the city. The number of trees, bushes, and other greenery near your gutters is an important factor to consider when determining how often to clean out your leaf guards.
Leaf guards can save you time, money, and stress from clogged gutter systems. If you decide to make the switch, Affordable Gutter Service will be there with you every step of the way. We can give you advice about the advantages and disadvantages of each type for your home or commercial building. For dependable leaf guard installation and maintenance, call Affordable Gutter Service in St. George! Contact us today to learn more or schedule your leaf guard appointment.