If your gutters are constantly getting clogged this can cause a lot of problems. This is because water will not drain through the gutters and away from your home. One way to deal with this problem is by installing gutter covers. Below is information on what this is as well as the benefits this can offer you.
A gutter cover is also sometimes referred to as a gutter grate or gutter guard. It is a covering that is placed over the gutters. The gutter cover has tiny holes or slits that allow water to get through them but things like leaves, sticks, etc. will stay out. Some common types of gutter covers available include micro-mesh, screen, reverse curve, foam, and brush. A contractor can give you information about each of these and suggest the type that will work best for your home.
Gutter Cover Benefits
There are many benefits of choosing gutter covers. It will save you a lot of time as you will not have to worry about constantly clearing out leaves and debris. This will also make your gutters last much longer so this can save a great deal of money.
Gutter covers also help prevent damage from water building up in gutters. If water does build up this will get on your roof and under the roof. This may even get into your attic causing mold and mildew to grow. You will have roof leaks causing even more damage and expensive repairs.
Gutter covers can also help prevent pests from getting into the gutters. Piled-up debris and water attract pests like insects that can damage a roof or birds may even build their nest in your gutters. Because a gutter guard keeps the gutters clean pests will not be attracted to them and the birds cannot get close to the gutter to build a nest.
If you get a lot of snow in your area a gutter cover can also provide snow protection. Having a lot of snow built up on gutters is heavy and can cause gutters to become loose. Snow can also back up causing damage to shingles and putting moisture under the roof.
If you choose to purchase gutter covers, you can find these at most home improvement stores and install them yourself. You should consider, however, hiring a professional to do this for you. It can be dangerous for you working on your roof and a professional will ensure the covers are installed correctly.