Choose the best gutter guards to keep your gutters free of debris and blockage.
Gutter guards are a great way of keeping your gutters free from any blockage and damage. There are a wide variety of gutter guards available in the market to suit various budgets. It is important to understand that not all gutter guards are made alike and some of them have serious design flaws and drawbacks. Understanding the pros and cons of different products available in the market can help you make an informed choice. We will provide some insight into typical issues that you can face with a poor quality gutter guard and why it is important to choose only the best.
Cheap and Flimsy Plastic
Many cheaper versions of gutter guards available in the market are made of poor quality plastic – no wonder they are not durable and give way too soon. Plastic gutter guards deteriorate easily because they cannot withstand the roof oils and asphalt from traditional shingles. Steel gutter guards, such as GutterDome, are more durable as they do not react with roofing materials and shingles.
Plastic gutter guards have a mesh that is typically flexible and thin, just good enough to cover the gutter and nothing more. It is more of a debris trap, but as soon as it faced with heavy debris, it may collapse and give way.
Debris Tends to Get Trapped
If the mesh guards have large holes, they will let in some amount of debris and clog the gutter guard. Good quality gutters guards have small holes that filter out even the smallest of debris and only allow moisture to pass through. The homeowner can simply clean or wipe the gutter guard, but with a flimsy gutter guard the homeowner will have to clean the entire gutter to clean out the debris that escaped through the mesh.
Pests Can Pass Through It
Pests such as rodents and cockroaches often love the warm and humid atmosphere inside your gutters. With a poor quality gutter guard, the pests will not have a problem breaking in, but with steel gutter guards, you can stay assured that there will be no pests lurking around your gutters.
Allowing Water to Flow Freely
Some gutter guards are not designed to collect downpour. When water comes along with debris, the water may overshoot the gutter. Good quality gutter guards are specially designed to collect downpour. The holes in the mesh are angled and this allows it to divert debris and water to flow freely.
If you are facing similar problems with your gutter guards, consider making a change. Call our guttering team, Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440, and we will recommend the best gutter guards for your needs and install them.