Gutter Guards: A Short Primer

Leaf Gutter Guards
Leaf gutter guards do not usually come installed with the gutter. Homeowners either need to specify to their roofing contractor that they wish for the guards to be installed or approve the contractor’s recommendation to have them placed over the gutter. In either case, a gutter guard can considerably reduce the risk of having a clogged gutter, prolonging its life and preventing accumulated water from seeping through the roof and walls.

There are two general categories into which gutter guards fall: gutter covers and gutter screens. Depending on your preference and specific requirements, you can have either one installed. One consideration that you might want to take note of is the presence of trees near your roof. If trees are close by, falling leaves could get trapped inside the gutter that can clog up the gutter and water to accumulate.

Types of Gutter Guards

If you’re still in the process of deciding which type of gutter guard to install, below are some of the types that you can consider:
1. Mesh guards are the most commonly used type of gutter guard for homes. Made of metal sheets with small holes, a mesh guard can prevent leaves and other debris from falling into the gutter, although smaller debris could still get in.

2. Nylon guards, on the other hand, are generally made from industrial grade nylon sheets and can provide your gutter with more protection than a mesh guard. They 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 gutter 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.
With a gutter guard, you won’t have to keep checking and cleaning your gutters. While you do still need to clean the gutter guard itself, it is so much easier compared to de-clogging your gutters or picking out the leaves and other debris to prevent clogging.

If you need assistance with choosing a gutter guard for your roof or need more information about each type of product, please feel free to give us a call at 888-777-ROOF (888-777-7663). You may also send us a message here. Whatever type of roofing project you have in mind, Advocate Roofing is here to help.