Does Installing Gutter Guards Really Help?

Installing gutter guards is a solution to save you both time and money when it comes to gutter repair, cleaning, and maintenance. Since this task can often be time consuming and tedious it’s no wonder people are looking for the solution to their problems. Depending upon your age and physical abilities, cleaning out your gutters can be dangerous and even put your health at risk.

Gutter guards provide protection to your gutters and work to prevent your gutters from filing up with seasonal debris, such as, snow and ice in the winter, and leaves and tree detritus in the fall. Although, they don’t completely help eliminate debris buildup, they can be effective in some cases. Below we dive into the question — do gutter guards really work?

We also highlight the situations or circumstances in which installing gutter guards make sense for you and your home.

What Do Gutter Guards Do?

Gutter guards are typically installed on top of your current gutter system, and act as a shield to prevent debris from piling up and clogging your current gutter system.

The style of gutter guard you’ll choose to install will depend upon your current gutter system and the effects you’re looking to mitigate. Below we highlight the main forms of gutter guards and their most common uses.

1. Mesh

Mesh gutter guards are mesh sheets that are filled with holes and cover the gutter, and also attach to the shingles on your roof. These small holes encourage water to flow through the gutter system, while filtering out leaves and other plant debris.

2. Reverse Curve

A reverse curve gutter guard is designed so that the water moves downward via tiny slit, but the leaves that might pile up are more likely to fall on the ground below.

3. Nylon

Nylon gutter guards are designed to work well in a snowy and cold environment. Their unique design works to prevent any snow and ice from building up. This style of gutter guard fits inside your current system and doesn’t involve attaching them to your roof.

4. Foam Gutter Guards

A foam gutter guard is designed to fit perfectly into your current gutter and prevent debris and other materials from piling up. These are made of a plastic material that integrates with your current system.

5. Bottle Brush Guards

These gutter guards are composed of upward facing bristles that fit inside your gutter. These work to separate debris from runoff, and allow the water to drain while collecting the rest of the debris.

Should I Install Gutter Guards on My Home?

If your goal is to reduce the amount of time spent cleaning your gutters, then installing gutter guards might be worthwhile. However, this doesn’t mean that your gutters are going to be maintenance free.

In some cases, if your home isn’t surrounded by heavy foliage, or doesn’t receive much weather, then the gutter guards might help keep maintenance down to a minimum. If it only takes an hour or so every couple of months to keep your gutters free of debris, then this is a task you can probably handle yourself.

Debris will still tend to collect and pile up on top of the gutter guards, but you’ll find it much easier and hassle-free to clean off. Gutter guard systems can also be time consuming and expensive to install. It might be a better use of your hard earned money to hire a professional gutter maintenance team to clean your gutters every season.

If your home has multiple stories, you’ll probably want to invest in hiring a gutter maintenance team anyways, whether you have gutter guards installed or not. Attempting to clean out gutters that high can be incredibly dangerous and result in an unforeseen injury.

If you’re looking for a gutter system overhaul, or have any more questions related to gutter guard installation, then reach out to our team of trained professionals today, or give us a call at (517) 649-2344.