Whitehouse Gutters and Gutter Protection
With so many choices in gutter guard for gutter protection which one do you choose? I am going to explain the differences in the different types of gutter guards.
There are aluminum gutter covers that work on the water adhesion principle, these products do work but there are requirements for cleaning the nose of the system, you have to keep it clean so water does not shoot off the gutter, water can not adhere properly to the dirty nose of this gutter system. I have also seen and heard people having problems in the winter with icicles the reason being once the small opening freezes over there is nowhere for the water to go but over the side which in freezing temperatures can cause massive icicles, now a company can put a heater cable across the entire nose of the product adding to the expense of this gutter protection system, but making it work better. Another issue associated with this style of gutter guard is the design creates a home for bees, yellow jackets or wasps, the structure of the nose keeps there nest dry and the opening makes for an easy entrance or exit.
There is a foam filter that fills the gutter with a exterior grade urethane material. This product is in the shape of a triangle it leaves a lot of room for water flow but there are small clogging issues in regard to valley areas. This is a good do it yourself product because it is simple to install but there are cleaning issues that you will face, if you have valleys you will have to clean the material in the inner corners after heavy build up otherwise the system will not take water and will overflow also in areas with, pine needle, oak strands or any other small seedling these areas too may need to be hosed off or blown off, this is a great system for the money one that any person able to climb a ladder can install themselves.
There are many screening materials that seal off the gutter. Some of these products you can pick up at any home improvement store they are typically made of aluminum, plastic or nylon. The products you can buy and do yourself I have never seen work to any great extent, but I always tell the customer anything is better than nothing in regards to gutter protection because the main issue is keeping your gutters flowing.