Gutter protection or leaf guard systems can help prevent debris from building up in your gutters and causing problems. But before investing in some type of leaf protection system, there are myths about gutter guards that you should be aware of.
Many homeowners install gutter guards thinking that they’ll never have to clean their rain gutters again. The truth is, with or without gutter protection filters or screens, you will need to inspect and do follow-up maintenance on your gutters at least once a year. While most leaf guard systems do keep out the majority of twigs and other kinds of debris, bits small enough to enter the rain gutters can build-up over time, enough to form clogs and blockages. And it’s not just the inside of the gutters that should be checked. Caused when moisture interacts with dirt and/pollution residue, tiger striping or streaks can form on the exterior of your gutters, detracting from the overall appearance of your home and harming the finish of the gutter system.
Metal is Better
Another common myth about gutter guards is that a metal gutter protection system is better than one made of other kinds of material including vinyl. The truth is, just like your gutters, a gutter guard system should be selected on how well it will function given the specific climatic conditions of the area. In temperate climate zone, vinyl can be long lasing, with the added benefit of never rusting. However, in colder climates, aluminum gutter guards aren’t prone to cracking like vinyl gutter protection systems are.
Screens vs. Covers
Essentially, any form of gutter protection is designed to do one thing, and that is to keep debris from landing in your gutters. Any gutter guard system, whether it’s a screen or solid cover design, will have their own pros and cons. No individual brand or product is going to provide that final, magical solution to keeping twigs, dirt and debris out of rain gutters.