Installing gutters and gutter guards on your screened in porch, pool cage or other screened structure may seem like an unnecessary task to the untrained eye. Still, gutters and compatible gutter guards should be installed on all screened in porches and pool cages. Here are just few reasons why and some problems that may arise during the installation process.
Size Of Structure
A screened in porch or pool cage that abuts your home may not seem like it needs gutters of its own. But, any screened in structure of significant size is going to need its own gutter to deal with rainwater runoff and mitigate the damage it causes. The larger the surface area of the screened in structure’s roof, the more water it will collect in a rainstorm. That means more water streaming down off the lowest edge of your porch. That water needs to be redirected by gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding.
Type of Ground
The type of surface your screened in structure is built on also makes installing gutters important. If your screened in structure is surrounded by grass and soil, gutters are essential. That’s because rainwater that isn’t diverted by a gutter and downspout system will fall in a straight line off the roof, splashing dirt and grime back onto the structure. There is also a good chance undirected rainwater will cause erosion issues. If the structure is surrounded by cement, installing gutters may not be as important but it’s still the smart decision.
Gutter Guards And Screened In Structures
If you’re a homeowner with a screened enclosure or pool cage, installing gutter guards may seem like an impossible task. This is due to the fact that a trough is formed where the screen meets the roof making the most common gutter guard system, reverse curves, unusable on many screened in structures. These types of enclosures often have special gutters too, which makes finding a compatible guard difficult.
Other possible impediments exist too. The center of the structure or enclosure may be taller than the edges. These Mansard-style screened structures are very popular for pool enclosures. The problem with such designs when it comes to gutter guards is that the gutter guard screen drops down toward the gutter just like the roof. This makes the gutter the low point between the guard and the structure means a compatible gutter guards needs an adapted back edge and front lip.
Luckily, there are gutter guards out there that address the difficulties of installing a gutter guard on a screened in enclosure. Gutter guards with a stainless steel microfilter in a flexible aluminum housing can fitted down the length of the gutter’s connection with the structure. These guards’ adaptable backs allow them to be installed under the shingles of a composite shingle roof. If other roofing materials, like Spanish tiles are used, many of these gutter guard types can be installed on the fascia or gutter alone.
Peter Bruzzini is a roofing, gutter and gutter guard expert and loves to share his know how with the blogosphere.