What Are The Pro’s and Con’s of Gutter Guards

Knoxville Roofing &Gutter Guards!

Gutters are an integral part of your home. You may not like cleaning your gutters, you may not like them getting clogged and the resulting problems you have but you have to ensure they remain clean, unclogged and functioning optimally. As a homeowner, you will have to hire a professional to clean your gutters from time to time. Depending on the kind of debris your gutters are exposed to, the surroundings you have, the kind of drainage traffic that it is subjected to and the overall health of your gutters, you may have to clean it once a year or more often.

Knoxville-Roofing-Gutter-Guards-2There are two things you should bear in mind at all times when it comes to cleaning gutters. One, you should not try to do it on your own if you don’t have any expertise. You should always hire a gutter cleaning company that would have trained technicians and the infrastructure to properly clean your gutters in a safe way. You could easily get injured, damage your gutters or be unable to clean them if you try to do it on your own. Second, you should consider installing gutter guards. You may think that gutter guards are an unnecessary investment since they would not offer foolproof protection. Yet, it is wise to protect your gutters. Hiring gutter guards is not a substitute for hiring a gutter cleaning company.

Here are the common types of gutter guards you may consider installing in your home.

  • You could opt for metal screens. These are very similar to how chicken wires look and are installed. Metal screens are easy to install and they are quite durable. Since the screens will allow organic matter to seep through, you would have to engage in the seasonal or timely gutter cleaning.
  • Plastic screens are another popular choice, especially because they are cheaper. These screens aren’t completely sealed either. They would allow some debris to seep through to the gutters and even the holes on the screens can get clogged by some stubborn debris. You would need occasional cleaning.
  • Reverse curve is a relatively better option. It allows water to conveniently find its way to the gutters while deflecting any kind of solid objects or natural debris. There is a reverse curve design with waterfall as well. These don’t require as frequent cleaning as normal screens, either metal or plastic, but you should still have a yearly or half yearly cleaning schedule.
  • Some other options are sponges and micromesh. Micromesh is quite effective at preventing debris from entering into the gutters and then the natural wind or breeze would blow the debris away. This really works for most homeowners. Gentle brushing is all you need to clean the top of the mesh.

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