With so many styles of gutter guards to choose from, it can be hard to decide which will work best. There are several designs that, in THEORY, should be quite effective in allowing water to flow into the gutters without bringing debris in with it. As popular as they seem to be in our area, we often find the solid surface gutter guards not living up to their reputation.
These are designed so water will flow off the roof, curve around the nose and into the gutter, while debris just falls off the front of the nose. During light to average rainfall, this theory holds up pretty well. But with a heavier downpour, the high volume of water tends to bounce off the solid surface and splatter to the ground, rather than flowing into the gutter as intended (thus negating the purpose of having gutters in the first place).
Some of the other design flaws we see are:
- They have a higher profile than mesh screen style guards. This is fine if you WANT to look at your gutter guards, but we find most people would rather their gutter guards be more of a hidden protection system than a focal point of their home.
- Smaller debris is light enough that it will still flow along with the water around the nose and into the gutter.
- Depending on the bracket system, there can be inconsistencies in the size of the opening along a run, thus allowing a larger gap for debris to enter.
- After a decent build-up of debris accumulates in the gutters, they can be very difficult to clean out.
If your current guards are proving to be rather ineffective, it may be time for some new Leaf Solution gutter guards. This low-profile, micro mesh gutter guard doesn’t have gaps for debris to sneak into. The design helps to slow the flow of water and direct it down into the gutters where it belongs, rather than letting it splash all over you whenever you walk by. Unless, of course, you enjoy that sort of attention…
Call Gold Country Roofing today and let us help you end your gutter protector issues once and for all!