Winter is right around the corner. The leaves are falling off the trees and right into your gutters! Gutters should be cleaned a few times a year to work properly and move water away from your home. During this changing of seasons you may even need to clean your gutters 2 or 3 times from early October to Thanksgiving.
Working on gutters, roofs and homes as a business has given us the experience of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to gutter systems and what they have to offer.
First off a little information you may already know, gutters are an important system to your home. They collect rain water and move it away from your home protecting your roof line, overhang, soffits, siding and foundation. If left unchecked and uncleaned, gutters can fill with debris causing extensive damage.
When considering a gutter protection system you have a few options. One of these options is the gutter helmet. However, it caps off the top of the gutter causing heavy rains to spill over and the bulky design makes them visible from the ground. Also, the helmets are made to go under the shingles or get directly screwed through the shingles causing damage to your roof line.
Another option for gutter protection is foam wedges. They are good at capping off the mouth of the gutter and still letting the heaviest of rains to flow through. However, they have a flat surface allowing debris to sit on top and deteriorate. Also, the wedge itself fills over 50% of the inside of the gutter dramatically slowing down the water flow horizontally toward the downspouts causing overflows.
The best option we have come across is Flo-Free Leaf Guard. It combines the best features of the gutter helmet with the wedge technology. It closes the top of your gutter and leaves 100% of the gutter mouth open to accept water flow allowing it to flow freely to your downspouts. Also, the smooth, slick top surface puts foliage where it belongs…on the ground and the installation of Flo-Free does not interfere with your roof. Another point to keep in mind with winter coming, your gutters may be susceptible to ice damming. Flo-Free prevents snow from entering your gutters, reducing the potential for ice damming and icicles. The material of Flo-Free also allows the systems to become more rigid in the cold ensuring it will never collapse due to snow or ice. Best of all it comes with a Lifetime Warranty. www.flofree.com
Homes with not as many leaves and looking for a more economical choice, Shur Flo is a good option. It is a rigid aluminum gutter protection with small perforations in the top. It caps off the top of the gutter and gets attached to the front top lip of the gutter. Shur Flo is available in black and has a low profile making it virtually invisible from the ground.www.theshurflo.com
We hope this blog was helpful and informative. If you would like more information on Flo Free leaf guard or Shur Flo gutter protection, please contact us.