Gutters Keep Filling Up With Leaves? Tips On Using Gutter Guards

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If your gutters keep filling up with leaves, this can be frustrating as it will take up a lot of your time. These leaves can also damage your roof if not cleaned out. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep the leaves out, including installing gutter guards. Below is more information about this so you can get started.

Gutter Guards

These guards snap over your current gutter to cover them up. When leaves hit the gutters, they are not able to get through. There is a mesh over the gutter guard to allow air circulation and rain water to get into your gutters.  One thing to consider is the mesh over the gutter guards. You want the mesh to be small enough so that seeds and other small debris do not get through the gutters.

Gutter Guard Materials

Before purchasing gutter guards consider the material you want them made of.  This is because the gutters are exposed to outside elements on a constant basis, such as rain, snow, high heat, and freezing temperatures.  Plastic would not be a good choice as it would melt if exposed to high heat. Plastic will also become brittle if the weather is extremely cold.

A good material to choose is metal, such as copper, steel, or aluminum. If you choose steel it is generally galvanized to make it even stronger. Metal stands up well to extreme temperatures and sunlight. The only thing to consider is if falling object hit the gutters, such as a large tree limb, they will dent. The metal can be painted any color you wish.

There are gutters made of PVC and this is also a good choice. PVC is resistant to high heat, extreme cold, and the sun's rays. You can find PVC in a variety of colors so you can find gutters that go well with the color of your home.

Gutter Guard Installation

How you install the gutter guards depends on the type you purchase. If you choose metal, they have a metal clip that clips the back of the guard over the gutter. There are no tools required as you just push the clip down until you hear it snap into place. As you go, make sure the clips are secure before you move to the next guard.

If you choose PVC gutter guards they also have clips that snap the gutter guards to the gutters. The main difference is the gutter guards snap on the front of your gutters instead of the back. You can see these clips if you look closely.

No matter what type you choose, remove all leaves that are currently in your gutters before you install the gutter guards.

It is time consuming to install gutter guards and it is important that they are installed correctly. For this reason, you should hire a roofing contractor to do this job for you.

Speak to a company like Wrights Gutters & Guards to learn more.

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24 October 2017

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