Is gutter cleaning your favourite household chore? I bet it’s not. If you’re not keen on cleaning your gutters constantly, gutter guards might be your friend.
If you forget to clean your gutters or just downright can’t be bothered, you might have had problems with them getting clogged. You might also be familiar with the overflow of water and even insect infestation.
If you are having these problems, it’s time to think about getting gutter guards.
Gutter guards stop leaves, debris and any other medium-sized objects from getting into your gutters. You shouldn’t be able to see them from the ground and they should only let rainwater into your gutters.
You’ll still have to clean your gutters every now and again though. Sorry. But it means you won’t have to do them regularly, or pay someone to come and clean them.
How are gutter guards installed?
You should be able to install gutter guards yourself with the right tools. Most guards use clips to fasten onto the gutter, so this shouldn’t be difficult. If it’s not clips, it’ll be a sealant. As long as you follow the instructions, you’ll be fine.
How much do they cost?
They’re not going to set you back much. You should be able to get a metre for around £6. But do some research to find out the best quality materials which will last you longer.
Types of gutter guard
The type of gutter guard that is best for you will depend on where you live and your budget. Here are the top five for you to look at and decide which suits you the most.
Mesh is the cheapest and most simple gutter guard available. You can attach it to your gutter and roof shingles with clips. The downside is that it’s easily broken and only protects your gutters from medium to large objects.
If the mesh gets damaged and falls into your gutter, you’ll actually end up with a worse problem than before you installed the gutter guards.
Aptly named because it looks like our prickly pal, hedgehog guards filter any debris out of your gutters. They’re easy to install by just securing them with a coated wire.
Hedgehog gutter guards don’t keep out very small items though, such as pine needles. And you’ll also need to maintain your gutters more they can get clogged quicker than mesh guards.
Reverse curve gutter guards sit at the end of your roof above your gutters. There is a small gap between the guards and the gutters, which allows larger objects to fall down off the edge.
Reverse curve guards are great at stopping debris from your roof entering your gutters. But they are very difficult to install, meaning you’d have to get a contractor in to do it. That will increase your costs. Also they can be incredibly difficult to uninstall, which can pose a problem when you do come to have your gutters cleaned.
Nylon gutter guards form a protective layer outside the gutter. They allow water to run freely underneath, but stop anything from getting in. The only problem is they are prone to damages and really won’t last very long.
The last option is foam. Just don’t get foam. It clogs the drain, grows moss and mould and will only work in the very short term. Choose a more reliable product that won’t even be that much more expensive.
Another type of guard
You could consider a downpipe guard as a type of gutter guard. They are round metal objects that fit on top of your downpipes to stop anything blocking it. But of course, they won’t do anything for your actual guttering.
Now that you know some of the types of gutter guards available, you can go ahead and choose one to suit your needs. Just make sure you do remember to maintain your gutters every now and again, as none of these solutions are maintenance-free.