DIY Gutter Guards How can a person possibly choose?
Posted Jul 10th 2014 | By:
If you have ever had to clean out your gutters, you know it is not easy and can be dangerous. Finding the right type of diy gutter cover to use can be very frustrating, time consuming, and very challenging.
With that said, choosing the wrong gutter guard can lead to a larger problem.
Why? because they are a major component in draining rainwater away from their home.
When it's raining, the water travels the most direct route possible, leaving the roof and then falling to the ground. Gutters and downspouts are needed to divert rainwater away from your house. Without them, water can travel under the house, threatening damage to the foundation.
Without some type of gutter protection, leaves, and other debris will collect inside the gutter and downspout, causing them to become clogged and stop water movement. If not cleaned, the gutter can become a fire hazard or can dislodge itself from the roof.
Having a gutter protection system can help save you from having serious problems on your hands. Knowing the difference between types of gutter guards is important to saving you time, money, and your life. There are five main types of diy gutter guards commonly used: micromesh; reverse-curve; brush; screens, and foam Inserts.
Micro-Mesh: Constructed from a filtering element made from either type 304 (low quality) or 316 (high quality) surgical stainless steel mesh or other metal and plastic type meshes.
These filtering materials are generally attached to a support frame, usually made from plastic, sheet metal, or anodized aluminum. These are designed to fit on top of gutter support brackets or slide just under the roof shingles. Micro-mesh gutter guards have the smallest hole openings leading into a gutter and thus don't allow roof sand grit from roof shingles into your gutter.
Reverse-Curve: These are designed with a small curve along the front. Rainwater follows this curve down into the gutter through a thin horizontal opening. Typically made from vinyl, plastic, aluminum, or sheet metal, reverse-curve gutter guards have a wide opening at the front and sometimes allow debris to enter the gutter. Some reverse-curve gutter guard installers will install larger downspouts to help with draining this debris away from the gutter system and to eliminate future clogging. Most installers of this type of gutter guard offer a lifetime warranty against clogs, so if you ever did get a clog, they would come back out and unclog it.
Tape-on: A newer type of gutter protection is a tape-on version. This gutter guard has a double-sided adhesive tape under the front lip of the gutter cover and then sticks to the top of the front lip of the gutter. It's the same type of tape used in the automotive industry for attaching logos and ancillary items (rain guards above your windows) on the outside of your car because of its incredible long life holding ability in the weathering environment.
Screens: These type of guards are placed over your gutter and secured with clips, screwed down or snapped in. They are made out of expanded aluminum or steel perforated flat metal with round holes; and perforated plastic sheets with round or diamond shaped holes. Some types of screens are Amerimax. SureFit and Simple Screen.
Gutter Inserts: These are made from sponge and foam or a wire type round brush and are inserted in the gutter. They do keep out most large plant debris, but sometimes allow smaller leaves and seeds to fall through and clog the pores of the foam, sponge, or brush. Often times, the seeds will germinate and start to take root inside the gutter, creating what I like to call a gutter garden. This type of guard also requires regular maintenance and product replacement due to weathering and clogging.
As you can see, there are a variety of gutter covers to choose from, so research and choose wisely!
Written by Greg Schuring, of DIYGutterGuardsDirect.com
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