Do gutter guards work

The best gutter guards that work and that require low maintenance.

Do gutter guards work
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What are gutter guards?

Gutter guards are any designed piece of material that attaches to your house gutters with the designed goal of stopping and preventing debris from clogging up the gutters. Foreign material may include leaves and falling sticks from trees.

Over time, the gutters may get clogged and prevent rainwater from flowing properly. Stagnant water in gutters can cause gutter and roof damage. Properly installed gutter guards do work.


Benefits of gutter guards.

Here are four main benefits of properly installed gutter guards:


  • Prevents roof damage. Stagnant water in gutters may lead to a constantly wet and dump roof that can cause mold and other serious roof issues. 
  • Prevents foundation damage. Gutters divert water away from the foundation by channeling it away from the house
  • Flooded basements. Gutter guards reduce the amount of rainwater flowing on the outside walls of your house.
  • Prevents mosquitoes. Stagnant trapped water can be breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Prevents fire spread. According to FEMA, debris such as branches, leaves, and pine needles can
    become trapped in gutters. The debris
    can be ignited by flying embers or firebrands during a
    wildfire, and the fire can spread to the roof.


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Types of gutter guards


Brush Gutter Guards

Brush guards are easy to install and are a do it yourself kind of project. They are inserted into your existing gutters, stay in place, and prevent leaves and debris from entering your gutters. 

They are easy to install but on the flip side, they do not prevent all debris from entering your gutters. 


Foam Gutter Guards

Just like the name foam suggests, foam gutter guards are made of foam and are also easy to install. They are foam pieces that fit inside your gutters and stay in place. Foam gutter guards do prevent most debris from accumulating while letting water flow but do not prevent all leaves and twigs from clogging your gutters. 

With some accumulated debris, it is possible for trapped seeds to start growing in the dump foam, especially if you have a lot of shade on your roof.


Screen Gutter Guards

This are gutters that are wire or plastic built in a grid design. They allow water to flow into the gutters but not debris. You can install them yourself by pushing them into the bottom of the roof shingles. Doing this may cause problems to the roof if not done properly.


Mesh Gutter Guards

Mesh guards are made of plastic or light wires. They can also be installed by slipping them under the last roof shingles. The mesh allows water into the gutter while stopping the leaves and twigs. 

Mesh and screen guards are not the most durable.


Reverse Curve Gutter Guards

As the name reverse curve suggests, they allow water to flow and water reverses into the gutter and the leaves and debris flows off the roof to the ground. They are made of lightweight metal or plastic. They work well and need professional installation.

Reverse curve gutters may, however, cause a pest problem. Bees may go through the opening and build nests inside until the next rain downpour when the beehive may be washed away. Reverse curve gutters are the best option. 


Do it yourself or get professional installation?

In most home improvement stores, you can find the above-mentioned gutter guards manufactured by different manufacturers. You can do it yourself but these options are not very effective. You may still need to perform regular cleaning of the gutter guard system as well as the gutters themselves.

It is best to seek professional installation. Professionally installed gutter guard systems are more durable, more efficient in preventing debris and may come with a warranty. They also increase the value of your property.