Your home’s gutter needs
There are many gutter guards available for your home. Every home has different gutter challenges due to the type and slope of its roof as well as the environment in which the home resides. Some homes may be in heavily forested areas while others may reside in areas with few trees. Some homes may weather storms for most of the year while others will experience mostly sunny days. Understanding your home and its particular needs will help make the most informed choice when it comes to its gutter needs.
No matter what your home’s environment or roof style, gutters that are in good working order and are clear of any debris are a necessity at any time of the year.
It is recommended that you inspect and clean your gutters regularly.
Some homeowners try to protect their gutters from debris and other elements by installing a gutter guard to cut down on possible clogs and increase the time between cleanings. One of the many gutter guard options available is gutter mesh. Read on to find out what gutter mesh is, how it is different from other forms of gutter guards and whether or not it is right for your home.
What is gutter mesh?
Gutter guards are designed to help keep debris out of your gutters by preventing the accumulation of debris in your gutters. There are many different kinds of gutter guards, each with its own approach to keeping your drains clog-free. A mesh gutter guard acts as a permeable roof for your gutter and is made up of a plastic, aluminum or stainless steel mesh that can be easily attached to the top of your gutter. These guards cover the whole gutter with a mesh sheet, trapping debris on the top of the mesh while water runs through the small holes.
Is gutter mesh right for my home?
The perceived pros of gutter mesh are that it can protect your gutters from birds and rodents building nests and can be relatively easy to install. However, it’s important to consider that gutter mesh can cause heavy buildup of debris which can ultimately damage your gutters. Plastic versions of mesh gutter guards are susceptible to UV damage. High profile gutter mesh styles may be damaged by branches, snow, ice and/or strong winds. Screen or mesh filters do not filter out finer debris so you will still have to continue with regular gutter maintenance cleaning both the gutter as well as clearing the mesh screen.
Remember to clean your gutters, even if you have a guard
If you have had gutter guards installed on your home or have decided to install gutter guards yourself, it may be more difficult to clean your gutters on your own. Gutter guards may help to keep out some large debris and assist with preventing birds or rodents from building nests in your gutters, but ultimately your gutters will still need regular care and inspection for proper functioning. Keep in mind that gutter guards have been known to collect debris which can build up into a cake that totally blocks your gutter system. The safest way to maintain proper gutter functionality is to skip the tricks and leave the cleaning to a trusted professional. Trust Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning to provide you with thorough, safe, professional gutter cleaning.