Pros & Cons Of Gutter Screening

Gutters divert water away from your home. A functional gutter system prevents basement flooding, water damage to the roofing system, and erosion. Your gutters protect different parts of your home including the siding, foundation, and landscaping from water damage.

Over time, gutters get clogged with pebbles, leaves, twigs, and other debris. A clogged gutter cannot effectively divert water from your home and can often do more harm than good. It will allow water to spill over the sides and pour down the walls, leading to serious issues such as foundation damage, basement flooding, and structural problems.

Gutter screens are designed to reduce the amount of solid materials that get into your gutters. There are three major types of gutter screenings/coverings – wire brushes, gutter screens, and full covers. Each type has its own pros and cons. Let’s understand some of the pros and cons of different types of gutter screens courtesy of ARS Roofing, Gutters and Solar in Santa Rosa.

Wire Brushes 

Wire brushes are of cylindrical shape. A wire brush guard sits inside the gutter. It features clumps of bristles. These bristles face outwards. They prevent debris, including leaves and twigs, from entering the gutter, whilst allowing water to flow freely through the pipes.


  • Flexibility –Wire brushes are available in different lengths. Whatever the size of your gutter system, you will find the right brush gutter guard for it
  • Ease of Installation –Wire brush gutter guards are incredibly easy to install and remove. A brush gutter guard can be installed as part of your DIY plan


  • Require Regular Cleaning –Over time, debris can build up on the brushes. To ensure proper drainage, detach the brushes and clean them at regular intervals
  • High Cost –Wire brush gutter guards are usually more expensive than other types of gutter screenings

Gutter Screens

They are either placed on top or attach to the gutter. Gutter screens feature holes that allow water to pass while preventing debris from entering the system. There are several types of gutter screens.


  • Affordability – Gutter screens are more affordable than many other options (starting under $1 per linear foot)
  • Easy Installation –You can easily install a gutter screen without altering your existing gutter system


  • Potential Drainage Issues – Over time, debris can collect on the screen, preventing water from draining away
  • Can Get Dislodged –If not properly attached,a gutter screen can get dislodged in a strong wind

Full Covers

As the name suggests, a full cover entirely covers the gutter. Their design allows them to drain around, under the cover, and into the gutter


  • Superior Protection – A full cover entirely covers the gutter, preventing debris from entering
  • Mechanically Secured –They stay in place during heavy winds


  • Complex Installation – They cannot usually be installed on existing gutters. Even if you are able to install a full cover on your system, it will permanently alter it
  • Not All Full Covers Are Created Equal – Plastic covers are of inferior quality

ARS Roofing, Gutters and Solar specializes in gutter installation in Santa Rosa. We use time-tested methods designed to maintain gutters and make them last longer. To enquire about services, call us at (707) 584-5900.

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