For a home that survives harsh weather conditions and is susceptible to water damage, gutters and siding are a very important part of the structure. And if you have gutters that put in extra hours every season, you need to arm them with effective gutter guards to increase their lifespan, avoid any debris collection and water logging and keep your walls protected.
If you’re now thinking about gutter guards for your home, here are four options to choose from.
Brush Gutter Guards
These guards are upright bristles fitted into your gutter to keep the water flow going while catching any leaves and bigger debris. They are relatively easy to have installed and that is probably the only pro for this gutter guard. Brush Gutter Guards have a hard time stopping smaller debris from getting through and some debris can get caught in the bristles. Plus, clean up involves removing the brush guards completely. Our advice? Unless you are specifically looking to put brush guards in, spring for another option.
Foam Gutter Guards
These are inexpensive, easy to install and effective. But foam gutter guards require a lot of maintenance. If these aren’t cleaned regularly, any seeds or grafts that find their way into the for, may start to germinate. Leading to serious gutter trouble. If you are comfortable with putting in the time it takes for basic maintenance, go for it. Otherwise, take a look at the next option on this list.
Reverse Curve or Surface Tension Gutter Guards
These gutter guards are built to move rainwater down and drop leaves and other debris to the ground. These will require a professional installation and often come with a warranty, so you can rest easy after installing them. Reverse curve or surface tension guards might reduce the curb appeal of your home though. And any damage done to the roof due to its installation might void your warranty for the roofing. As a short-term solution, these guards are quite effective.
This is an affordable, low maintenance option that you can install yourself. Screens have large openings and fit into your gutters to catch any leaves or debris. They can however blow off the gutters on windy days and will need a thorough cleaning every year.
As always, we’ll end with, do your research, check with friends and family and get in touch with gutter repair and maintenance contractors or gutter replacement contractors to find out what they think your best bet is. You can always call us at Hynes Roofing & Siding on (610)-890-5620 or fill out our contact form. Our experts will be happy to help you with any questions and a FREE estimate for the job.