Homeowners looking to eliminate the chore of cleaning the gutters surely have come across advertisements for gutter guards meant to keep the debris out of the gutters. If these gutter guards — and the thought of never cleaning your gutters again — appeals to you then read this. You won’t have to wonder if gutter guards work and if they work as well as manufacturers claim.
How Gutter Guards Work
There are several types of gutter guard systems. All are meant to deflect debris off of your gutters so that water can flow freely through the gutters season after season. Some of these gutter guards can be fitted to your existing gutters, while other types of gutter guards require removal of the gutters for installation, entirely new gutters or installation underneath your roofing.
Types of Gutter Guards
The primary types of gutter guards include:
- Reverse-curve gutter guards. Reverse-curve gutter guards cover the top of the gutter entirely. The top of the gutter guard curves around the front edge of the gutter inward toward the gutter opening. The premise of reverse-curve gutter guards is that water will create surface tension over the curve of the gutter. While leaves and debris pour off of the gutter, water follows the curve of the gutter guard around until it falls into the gutter itself. The primary problem with reverse-curve gutter guards is that the reverse-curve can become overwhelmed by heavy rain so that water just floods over the guard. With many models, small debris, like seeds and pods, still make their way into the gutters.
- Screening. Screen-based gutter guards are often attached to existing gutters. They feature screening with round or diamond-shaped holes. While water can enter the gutters through the gutter-guard openings, debris can’t. Most screen-based gutter guards feature holes that are small enough to keep out leaves and large debris, but large enough to allow pine needles, seed pods and other small debris in, which means that they eventually will have to be removed so the gutters can be cleared.
- Inserts. There also are gutter inserts that are meant to keep debris from entering the gutters while allowing water through. These include brushes and foam. Like screening, these inserts can help to lower the frequency of gutter cleaning by keeping out large debris, but they do allow debris to accumulate in the gutter over time.
The Mesh Gutter Guard Difference
The one type of gutter guard that shows, time and again, that it can keep out debris of all sizes while still allowing water entry to the gutter is mesh gutter guards. Mesh gutter guards are made from a super-fine stainless steel mesh. The mesh is small enough to keep out any debris that could clog gutters, but water still enters the gutters even in the heaviest rains or snow melts. Most mesh gutter guards can be installed over your existing gutters and don’t interfere with your roof.
If you’re looking for gutter guards that truly work to keep debris out of the gutters while safely whisking water away from your home, call The Gutterman of TN! We install SafeGuard micromesh gutter guards that will protect your gutters from debris year after year.