What Are Gutter Guards?

Mesh Gutter GuardWhen thinking about the exterior of your house or commercial property, your mind likely jumps to thoughts about your roof, siding or windows. While these three are major components of your building’s exterior, they are not the only ones. There are some lesser-known features of your exterior that help protect your interior, such as your gutters.

Gutters collect rainwater from the roof and then disperse the water away from the commercial or residential property. Properly working gutters are essential to the longevity of your roof, which means gutter maintenance is imperative. There are some options when it comes to caring for your gutters, from cleaning them out a few times a year to adding gutter guards.

You might be thinking, “what are gutter guards?” or “do I really need them?” The short answer is: no.

Here are some questions to answer when thinking about adding guards to your gutters:

What are gutter guards?

Exactly what they sound like! They guard your gutters, acting as a filter to block debris from entering.

How can they affect gutters?

A gutter guard is designed to keep debris from building up in your gutter. However, that is not always the case. For instance, while a full leaf may not fall into the gutter when it has a guard attached, it will break down on top of the guard; this allows smaller pieces to fall inside the gutter and get stuck. Guards can also contribute to creating ice damns in your gutter.

Ultimately, gutter guards are expensive and can often cause the very problems you are trying to prevent.

So, how can I maintain my gutters?

Rather than adding expensive gutter guards, you can take proactive steps to keep your gutters in top shape. First, invest —if you can even call it investing for a low-cost solution—in oversized downspouts. The purpose of downspouts is to dispel water away from your house or commercial property. If your downspouts are too small, then you run the risk of debris getting clogged. If you have a larger downspout, you have less of a chance of clogged leaves and the like.

The next step you want to take to have properly working gutters is simply to regularly maintain them. Cleaning your gutters one or two times per year can go a long way.

If you are still curious to learn more about gutter guards, there are three types:

  1. Mesh guards: The most commonly used type of gutter guard for homes is mesh guards. Mesh guards are metal sheets with small holes. They can prevent leaves and other debris from falling into the gutter, although smaller debris could still get in.
  2. Nylon guards: These are generally made from industrial grade nylon sheets and can provide your gutter with more protection than a mesh guard. Nylon guards can be positioned to extend all the way to the bottom of your gutter to make it more stable and secure. If you live in a state that experiences mild to moderate snowfall, this could be the right gutter guard for you as it can also prevent snow buildup.
  3. Foam leaf guards: Foam leaf guards fit right into the gutter, keeping it hidden from view. The guard acts like a sponge by blocking falling debris and preventing it from getting into the gutter system.

While some property owners add gutter guards for peace of mind, they may actually cause more harm than good.

Are you still asking yourself  “What are gutter guards, and should I have them?” Do you need some more information or assistance in choosing a gutter guard for your roof? We are here to help. Contact us today or call us at 833-409-ROOF (833-409-7663).