Do Gutter Guards Work?By Ron Hilton
Are Gutter Guards Effective?
One chore that a lot of people, myself included, put off doing is cleaning out the gutters. Clogged gutters can cause the rain to overflow the gutters, destroying the landscaping below and some times leaking water into your basement. And that causes a whole different set of problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to worry about cleaning out your gutters again? You’ve undoubtedly heard all the commercials on TV and radio for the different gutter guard systems. The question now is, do gutter guards work?
The answer is yes, they do work quite well if they are installed right, by a professional contractor. There are also some do-it-your-self kits that may not be up to the same quality and aren’t as durable.
How do Gutter Guards Work?
There are two main types, the first type of gutter guard consists of a screen or mesh that fits over your existing gutters and allows water in but keeps leaves and other debris from falling into them.
The other type is like a cap that fits over your gutter, with a small groove at the outside edge. The leaves slide off the cap to the ground, but the water goes into the gutter.
Some Common Problems with Gutter Guards
Pine trees can cause some issues with gutter guards as the pine needles are small enough to fall down and get inside the gutters. If you get a micro-filter mesh on your gutters, this will be enough to prevent pine needles from falling down inside, but can also be especially susceptible to icing up in winter months.