Here are a few Pros and Cons of Installing Gutter Guards/Covers and whether it will work for you.
Cleaning Gutters is important to avoid any problems for the future.
This is where you will need what we call Gutter Guards or Gutter Covers.
You get 5 main types of Gutter Guards:
- Mesh – these metal sheets (filled with tiny holes) attach to the roof shingles and cover the gutter.
- Reverse curve – these position the water downward while directing the leaves to fall to the ground.
- Bottle brush – these are made of bristles that face upright inside the gutter. The debris rests on top while the water flows away.
- Nylon – these work exceptionally well in the winter due to their unique design which prevents snow from building up and freezing.
- Foam – these are actually made of plastic that fits directly into your gutter, helping to block the debris from going into the gutter.
Pros of using gutter guards:
- They can be added to existing gutters.
- Prevent birds and rodents from building nests in the gutters.
- They eliminate the need to clean your gutters frequently.
- Prevent the build-up of stagnant water in your gutters, which could otherwise back up and overflow into your home or serve as a breeding ground for insects.
- Your gutters will last longer, since they won’t prematurely rust and rot from the moisture and debris sitting in them.
- They enable more efficient rain water harvesting by improving the flow of water and filtering out some contaminants.
Cons of using gutter guards:
- Installations can be expensive.
- They are not 100% foolproof. Still need occasional cleaning.
- Some systems are practically ineffective, so you must shop carefully.
- If you ever lean a ladder against your gutters (when cleaning them), they will become dented. This will lessen their effectiveness from that point forward.
- The additional weight could cause your gutters to sag in the center.
- If you happen to have a steep roof (where downward-sloping sections of roof meet and water runoff is heavy), the water can overshoot the gutter itself.
- Tree seeds can get caught in the slots and sprout, forming gutter trees — and some types of tree seeds grow rather quickly!