One of the most despised outdoor chores is cleaning a home’s gutters. It’s a dirty, thankless job, and in many cases, can be dangerous - especially for two-story homeowners. Even if your home isn’t surrounded by trees, gutters can still get clogged with bird nests, seeds, insects, and other debris, causing water to overflow during heavy rainstorms.
The main purpose of your home’s gutters is to divert rainwater off the roof and away from the home. If too much water falls close to the house, it can lead to soil erosion around the structure with the potential to compromise the home’s foundation. Water can enter the basement, causing major damage. If not dried properly, it can lead to mold growth. Gutters that manage storm water also protect the yard by diverting water to pre-determined, appropriate drainage areas.
Many homeowners install gutter guards to enhance the protection provided by their gutters. Gutter guards come in various forms; mesh guards are metal sheets with tiny holes that attach to roof shingles and cover the gutter. Reverse curve guards divert water downward but redirect leaves toward the ground. Bottle brush gutter guards are made of upright bristles inside the gutter. They catch debris and hold it up high so the water can flow underneath and through the downspouts. Nylon gutter guards work well in winter; their unique design prevents snow from building up and creating ice dams. Foam guards fit directly into the gutter, blocking debris from entering. Heated gutter guards are also available for homes susceptible to snow, icicles, and ice dams.
Gutter guards can be added to existing gutters, helping them last longer by reducing the chance of premature rust and rot caused by stagnant moisture and debris. They also allow for more efficient harvesting of rainwater by improving water flow and filtering out some debris and other contaminants. For more information about gutter guards, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL