Properly installed gutters are vital to the protection of your home. Improperly installed or poorly maintained gutters will clog, flood, and eventually do major damage to the walls and foundation of a home. Water that isnít properly directed also damages landscaping, driveways and other home and yard features. This kind of damage can cost thousands to repair. Even a properly installed seamless rain gutter can clog and overflow if it is not appropriately maintained. Gutters must be cleaned on a regular basis in order to offer maximum protection. Luckily, there are a few Gutter Protection Systems on the market that are designed specifically to help the homeowner keep gutters clear and free of debris.
One popular system is the gutter leaf guard. The leaf guard is a gutter cover that comes in the form of a screen that is fitted tightly on top of the gutter. This screen blocks all leaves, and larger objects, while still allowing water to flow freely.
Another option is the "gutter cover" which resembles an "awning" where it connects to the roof of the house and hangs over the edge of the roof, covering the gutter. These may come in different configurations and brand names, but the concepts are the same. The cover causes the debris to run off, while the water is directed under the lip of the awning and into the gutter through a narrow opening, where it is redirected away from the home. Gutter covers also make it impossible for animals to get into the gutters and for birds to make nests in the gutters. These covers also reduce the build-up of icicles.
Many companies claim to have the product that will prevent you from ever having to clean your gutters again and it may be difficult to determine which style will be best and most effective for your style of homes. Therefore, it is in your best interest to speak with a professional gutter contractor. They will be the most qualified to guide you in the right direction.
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