Your house probably has gutters installed and you likely know that they’re used to help funnel water off the roof and into a predetermined path. But do you understand why this is?
Water can be incredibly corrosive — just one look at the Grand Canyon and you can understand just how much water can destroy a land mass. Keeping your landscaping protected from erosion is just one reason why homes have gutters. When they’re working correctly, they keep rain from settling just outside your home’s foundation. However, when there’s a clog and rain can’t freely flow through the system, you could have a problem with sitting, stagnant water. When it sits for a long time, it can eventually seep in through your home’s foundation.
What Do Leaf Guards Do?
Leaf guards do exactly what you would expect — they keep twigs, leaves and other small pieces of debris from clogging up the gutters. The next time you see your neighbor up on a ladder, scooping out handfuls of decaying matter, realize that it’s mostly leaves he’s scooping out. These leaves can eventually cause a clog, which then causes water problems. This is why many homeowners choose to install leaf guards when their home needs gutter replacement or gutter repair, especially if they live in an area with a lot of large trees.
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Types Of Leaf Guards
There are two types of guards, sloped and mesh systems. The sloped system has a hood that covers the gutters with a small opening. This opening allows rain to run through, but it is too small to allow in sticks and leaves. The mesh system has a strainer installed directly on top of the opening. The holes in the strainer keep out any debris. Mesh is decidedly more popular than the sloped hoods, mostly because it can handle heavy rains. The sloped styles can quickly become overwhelmed and rainwater will just run over the side instead of being funneled down.
Why Install Guards During A Gutter Repair Or Gutter Replacement?
Leaf guards can be installed at any time, but many people choose to have them installed when they’re already working on their gutters, either during a gutter repair or a gutter replacement. Doing this at the same time means that your gutter repair company will be able to do the work for you, saving you from having to spend hours up on a ladder.
Another major reason to have a gutter replacement company complete this job is that they’ll be able to ensure that it’s done right. If the slope is off, you could have problems with water coming into your home or causing erosion problems during heavy rains.
Water may be necessary but that doesn’t mean you want to have it in your house! If your home doesn’t have gutters, talk to a gutter replacement company about having them installed on your home. But if you do have them and you hate the thought of spending your precious weekend time cleaning them out, consider adding a leaf guard system and buy yourself some extra free time!