How to choose the right leaf guard?

Leaf Guard

Leaf Guard

Choosing the right leaf guard for your home is an important decision as the perfect leaf guard can save endless amount of time spent on cleaning the gutters and the recurring money spent on home maintenance due to damages by heavy rainwater. Leaf guards block leaves, debris, shingles, seeds and pine needles from entering your gutters. The entrapment of these materials blocks the rainwater drainage which leads to overflowing gutters.

Here we present the three key steps which would help you to choose the right leaf guard for your home within your budget:

Step 1: Determine the Gutter type

The first step to choosing the right leaf guard is to determine the type of gutter. Different gutter types require different attention and the choice of leaf guard would be highly dependent on the gutter type. The most common types of gutters are:

  • Box Gutters: they are rectangular in shape, mostly prevalent these days and help to deal with an irregular roof form.
  • Half-round Gutters: they are common in homes and have curvy bottoms
  • Edge Gutters: these are designed for modern homes as they have a striking appeal
  • S Gutters: these gutters are found in homes with traditional and old architecture

Step 2: Determine the problem

The second step to deciding on the leaf guard would be to know the exact problem that you are trying to resolve. Yes, leaf guards help you to keep your gutters from leaf blockage, but what other sort of material would you want to stop from entering the gutter? The size of the material helps to determine the problem, which would help to determine the design details of your leaf guard.

Step 3: Explore the available types of leaf guards

After determining the gutter type and the issue that you are trying to resolve, the final step is to explore the available leaf guard options. The cost of the leaf guard is usually determined by length of the gutter and the amount of protection that the gutter needs. Some of the leaf guard options are:

  • Screens: the most common, simple and easy to install which are used mostly for leaves as the holes in the screens cannot block seeds and pine needles.
  • Surface tension: most suited for leave and larger sized debris, with the leaf guard installed at a downward angle to help in downpour of rainwater. Compared to the screens, these require little to no maintenance is is able to withstand unfavourable weather conditions.
  • Fine-mesh: easy to install and can be maintained by blow or brush which help in blocking leaves, seeds and pine needles. In addition, fine-mesh leaf guard also makes the gutter stronger.

CPR Gutter Protection Professionals can help you choose the right leaf guard for your home and also provide you with FREE measure and quotation. Call us today to make the right leaf guard choice for your gutter.

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