Gutter guards, as the name suggests, ensures the gutter is free of debris. Cleaning gutters is a challenge for many homeowners. Sometimes it may be because one forgets to clean the gutters or one may not have the time. Rather than wait for the gutters to clog before you clean them, you have the option of using gutter guards. The gutter guards will protect your gutters from clogging. They also keep birds and pests from turning the gutters into their living space.

Things to consider when choosing gutter protection

The efficiency of the gutter guards

There are several gutter guards in the market today. You need to understand why you would like to install gutter guards. A good gutter guard will keep debris such as falling leaves and twigs from the gutters while at the same time allow free flow of water through the gutter system. If the gutter guard keeps everything away including water, it is not serving its purpose as the water will overflow and cause damage to your foundation. The gutters were installed to protect your property, so gutter guards should ensure the gutters still serve this purpose. However, not all gutter guards have the same level of efficiency. Some still allow pods, seeds and needles through or have a gap where the leaves collect making the whole concept of using water guards untenable.

The maintenance demands

Different gutter guards demand different levels of maintenance. Some demand more, in terms of energy and time to clean them, while others are quite simple to clean. If you do not want to keep cleaning the gutter guards frequently or spend so much time and energy is maintaining them, it may be best to make your choice of gutter guards based on the maintenance demands.

The durability of the gutter guards

Some gutter guards start wearing out in a very short time, depending on the pressure exerted on them.  When choosing gutter guards, you not only need to look at the efficiency, but you also need to consider how durable the gutters guards are. You need to consider the material the water guards are made of when making a choice on which ones to use. Find out which material has the tenacity to withstand the pressure that gutter guards are put through.

Alterations demanded when fitting the gutter guards

Some gutter guards are invasive. You may be required to lift the roof shingles or nail the gutters to your roof. If possible, steer clear of gutter guards that require you to make such drastic changes as the end result may be a leakage through the roof or alteration of the water flow. If you raise the roof shingles, for example, you shall not only be breaking your roof’s water barrier, but you will also be opening Pandora’s box. In your bid to solve the problem of your gutters clogging, you shall be creating other problems that may end up being quite costly.

The size of the gutter guards against the gutters

You need to have the measurements of your gutters before you go looking for gutter protectors. This is because they gutter guards come in different sizes. It would be a shame if you bought gutter guards that are too big or too small for your gutters. Gutters do not come in one size, neither do water guards.

Types of gutter protection

Foam type

This type of gutter protection is designed to fit into the gutter. It allows water to pass through and flow through the gutter while keeping leaves and other debris out. This type of gutter guard is made of plastic and is easy to remove when you want to get rid of the debris or clean. It is usually treated so it does not decay easily.

Gutter screen

This type of water guard is made up of tiny holes. It is installed as a cover for the gutters. It keeps off leaves but allows water to pass through. The mesh usually comes in different sizes. Some keep away needle-shaped leaves while others are designed to keep off larger deposits. You, therefore, get to choose which screen is best suited for your gutter based on location and what you need to keep away from your gutters.

Bottle brush gutter guard

This type of gutter guards has bristles at the top. They are designed this way to keep birds off. This gutter guard is therefore ideal if you are having challenges with birds. It not only keeps birds away, but it also acts as a buffer preventing leaves and other debris from going into the gutters. Only water can go through this gutter guard.

Reverse curve gutter guard

This type of gutter guard needs to be installed by a professional. It has a slit which allows water to pass through but blocks the passage of leaves and other unwanted debris.

When having your gutter guards fixed, it is important to retain the pitch of the gutter. Any alteration will result in pooling of water and this could result in damage to the gutters as the water will not be flowing as it should. It is also important to seek the services of a professional when it comes to selecting the right gutter guard for your gutters.

The gaps or holes may seem small enough to keep the debris off but they may have challenges you may not be able to foresee. When it comes to the installation of the gutter guards, you need to also let the experts take care of it. This is because gutters can be very delicate. Any wrong move on your part could damage the gutters resulting in costs of repair or replacement. Before installing the gutter guard, you need to ensure your gutter is clean. Otherwise, you will not be solving the problem by placing a gutter protector on a gutter that is already clogged. You also need to ascertain the downspout is clear of any blockage. This way you will have a system that is working efficiently when you finally install the gutter protector.