Your gutters can get clogged by leaves, twigs or other debris. This will stop the natural flow of the water through your gutter system to the downspout and away to the runoff area into your sewer. One proven solution to handle this problem is to install gutter guards. Guards are made out of wire, vinyl, mesh or aluminum, and can be easily installed to many different types of gutters.
Here are five reasons why you should install gutter guards.
1. Guards Lessen the Need for Maintenance
It can be a pain, and quite dangerous, to climb up on your roof and clear the debris from your gutters. In addition, it can get costly to pay someone to come out several times a year to have it cleared, if you are not able to do it yourself. Along with other reasons, clogged gutters can collapse under the pressure of a heavy downpour.
2. Gutter Guards Prevent Rust
Installing gutter guards can impede your gutters from prematurely rusting. Moisture from debris resting in your gutters will quicken the process of corrosion. Guards can prolong the life of your gutters by nearly two years.
3. Gutter Guards Deter Insects and Vermin
Guards can discourage pests such as squirrels, mosquitoes, mice, spiders and roaches from breeding in the corners of your gutters. These barriers also deter vermin, such as birds and rodents, from creating nests or trying to burrow into the roof and attic.
4. Gutter Guards Improve the Flow of Water
Effective guards improve the flow of water through your gutters and downspouts. Gutter guards prevent twigs and leaves from clogging up and obstructing the flow of water. When heavy downpours occur, clogged gutters can overflow causing staining on siding and leaks in your roof.
5. Gutter Guards Inhibit Fires
Dry brush, twigs and leaves are perfect material to kindle a fire, especially if you live in a designated bushfire prone area. When a nearby fire breaks out, embers can travel long distances and land on the dry material in your gutters. Installing gutter guards will likely block these materials from accumulating, thus preventing fires.