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Gutter Guards

Gutter guards like this prevent debris from entering the gutters and interrupting the flow of water.

Gutter guards, a form of leaf protection, allow water to flow freely through the gutter bottom, while preventing debris from falling into the gutter and interrupting the flow.

This interest in maintenance reduction through debris filtering has grown more popular in recent years, along with an aging population of homeowners. Though it adds cost to the initial installation, these costs can be mitigated over the years by the safety benefits and /or eliminating costs associated with gutter cleaning which can range from $50 to $250 depending on the size of the house and number of gutters.

There are now many gutter guards or leaf protection products available to the homeowner. They have evolved into several configurations and come in a broad spectrum of materials and prices, and with varying degrees of effectiveness. Many good gutter installers carry all types. Some are add-on devices that fit over existing gutters. Others are complete systems that require replacing existing gutters.

 

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Facts

The need to collect rainwater...

The need to collect rainwater for drinking and channel water for irrigation dates back to ancient times. Wooden gutters and downspouts, were developed in more recently. Rainwater captured in barrels was used for bathing and washing.

FAQ's

Q. What if I only need to repair or replace a section of my gutter?

A. Do-it-yourselfers should only attempt gutter installation with the proper safety equipment and must be comfortable on a ladder. Also make sure to be extremely aware of contact with power lines.

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