We all want to protect our homes, but cleaning out the gutters can be a real drag. However, if we do not keep our gutters clear of rubbish, they soon clog and fail to function properly. That is why so many homeowners install gutter guards. These guards save us the hassle of continually cleaning out debris. Additionally, guards ensure that our gutters and downspouts function the way that they should.
Types of Gutter Guards
The three most popular types of guards are screen, mesh and reverse curve and each has its own advantages. Each of these is available in three to eight foot lengths. These common guards cover gutters from four to six inches wide.
Screen Guards – Screen guards are easy to install. You simply lift the bottom row of shingles and slide the screen underneath. At only about one dollar per foot, screen guards are not expensive and they effectively keep leaves out of the gutter. However, these simple guards can be displaced by high winds and strong storms.
Mesh Guards – Similar to screen guards, these plastic or metal mesh guards allow water to flow though the mesh without allowing twigs and leaves to do the same. Like screen guards, these can be installed under the first row of shingles, but can also be installed by snapping directly into the gutter or attaching to the fascia. Expect to pay from $1.50 to $4.50 per foot.
Reverse Curve Guards – Made from lightweight metal or plastic, reverse curve guards allow water to run over the top of a curved surface that causes leaves and debris to fall from the roof but allows water to drip into the gutter channel. For proper function, these must be installed at the same pitch as the roof. Rather costly at $4.00 to $6.00 per foot, reverse curve guards are great for homes that are surrounded by many tress.
If you want the convenience of gutter guards added to your new roof, contact Solid Roofing today.