Gutter guards can be extremely helpful as they prevent gutters from getting clogged up with leaves, debris, and water. By preventing clogs, gutter guards help keep the guttering system working without any issues for a longer period of time, before it will need to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced. However, not all homeowners agree that gutter guards are worth the cost, effort, and time to install. The fact is that there are different types of gutter guards, so it is likely that you will find one that suits your home. To choose the right one, you must know the pros and cons of each.
Pros and Cons of Different Gutter Types
Here are 5 different types of gutter guard systems, and their pros and cons.
1. Metal Gutter Guards: Metal screens are a popular choice among DIYers. They are made of galvanized steel or metal, and look a lot like chicken wire. The good thing about metal gutter guards is that they are relatively easy to install. The con is that they do allow some organic materials to enter the gutter, making periodic cleaning necessary
2. Plastic Gutter Guards: This is another popular choice for DIYers. What makes them great is that they are less expensive than metal gutter guards. However, plastic gutter guards allow small debris to enter the gutters. Additionally, the holes in the screen catch debris, causing them to become clogged. This means that you will still need to clean them regularly.
3. Reverse Curve Gutter Guards: This type of gutter guard is commonly used by professionals in Marin County for gutter installation. They come in metal and plastic varieties, and consist of a round metal sheet that guides water into the gutters, and stops leaves and other debris from entering into the gutters, and clogging the system. The con is that some organic matter will still get past this type of gutter guard, and flow into gutters. This means that periodic cleaning will still be required.
4. Micro-Mesh Gutter Guards:These types of gutter guards are considered the best, and filter out a lot of debris effectively. They are also cost effective in the long run. However, micro-mesh gutter guards need to be installed by professionals. Made of stainless steel, these gutter guards have tiny holes that are smaller than sewing needles that effectively prevent debris from entering the gutters.
5. Pipe Cleaners or Sponges: These types of gutter guards are labor intensive when it comes to their cleaning time. No matter which system you use, you will need to use sponge or pipe cleaners in the gutter to hold any debris that falls. And they need to be taken out periodically, shaken to remove debris that has been collected, and then placed back into the cleaned gutters.
If you require gutter guards for gutters of your home, seek the help of trained and experienced professionals who know the ins-and-outs of residential roofing in Marin County. Even the popular DIY kits are best left to professionals, especially if you have never installed gutter guards before. If you need to install gutter guards, simply contact ARS Roofing & Gutter at (707) 584-5900. Our gutter installation experts are available for your service 24/7 to handle all your roofing needs and emergencies.