Four Types of Gutter Guards to Consider

Four Types of Gutter Guards to Consider

January 28, 2019

A roof needs a proper rainwater mitigation system to hold up over the years. This means shingles, rain gutters and downspouts should all be in good condition, but there’s one other critical element to keep in mind: gutter guards. Not all gutter guards are the same, though, and they don’t all measure up when the time comes for them to do their job. Ideally, your gutter guards will channel water away from your building, while keeping leaves, twigs and other debris out of your gutters. Ultimately, gutter guards should reduce the need for frequent gutter cleaning and maintenance.

So, what are your options when it comes to gutter guards? If you think your property could benefit from gutter guard installation in Oklahoma City, here are a few of the choices you might consider.

Brush gutter guards

Bottle brush guards are one of the less expensive gutter guard options on the market. They’re made of heavy-duty bristles that are strong enough to hold in place while keeping leaves and debris from falling into the gutters. You simply insert the brush guard into the gutter and let the bristles do their job. However, this system may not work effectively with all gutters—depending on the volume of leaves, they may get stuck on or build up behind the bristles.

Mesh screen gutter guards

A super-fine mesh screen can do wonders to protect your rain gutters from leaves and debris. While these were designed to avoid the issues associated with perforated metal gutters guards, some homeowners report that the mesh screens don’t handle water as well as they’d hoped—rainwater may wash over the gutter guards instead of flowing into the gutters, leading to unwanted runoff and erosion.

Foam gutter guards

Another popular type of gutter guard, foam gutter guards are made from porous polyurethane that gets inserted directly into the rain gutters. The foam allows water to flow through the gutters at a slower rate, while also keeping out the bulk of leaves and other debris (with the exception of asphalt shingle granules). The downside of this option is that the foam may turn brittle over time, potentially even deteriorating. To get the most out of your investment, invest in a high-quality product and have a professional install it.

Perforated gutter guards

Perforated metal gutter guards are likely to be the version you see on most homes. This type of gutter guard is installed over the gutter and is very effective at keeping leaves out of the gutter system and downspouts. However, it doesn’t prevent debris like seeds, needles, acorns and pods from entering the gutters, and this debris can get stuck in the perforations fairly easily. Extreme buildup can lead to water runoff.

If you’re interested in learning more about your options or are in the market for residential or commercial gutter guard installation in Oklahoma City, reach out to the team at L & S Seamless Guttering. We’d love to answer your questions and arrange a time for a consultation and estimate!

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