The gutter system of your home is designed to direct water off of the roof and away from your home. This is especially important when it is raining, or when snow is melting. Without a gutter system, water could leak through the shingles and spill down the sides of the home, damaging the foundation or even the interior. Furthermore, if gutters become clogged and heavy they can even detach from the home and cause expensive damage to the roof. Because of the potential damage caused by improper drainage, it is critical to keep your gutters clean and in good working order – if you are not willing to clean them frequently, then you may need gutter guards.
Gutters should be cleaned as seasons change because they could be clogged with sticks, leaves, and other debris. Traditionally, you would have to climb up on a ladder and clean the gutters by scooping out the debris. Alternatively, you could hire a gutter cleaning service to come and clean the gutters several times a year – which can quickly become an expensive option. Cleaning the gutters regularly is a cumbersome job, so many homeowners decide that they need gutter guards.
Types of Gutter Guards
There are many gutter protection options available, but most fall into three categories: inserts, screens, and reverse curves. If you decide you need gutter guards, think about how frequently you are willing to clean and maintain them while you consider your options.
Inserts are the cheapest and easiest to install: they fill the gutter with porous material that lets water flow while obstructing debris. While they can be a cost-effective option because you can install them yourself and they do help to eliminate clogs, they do require regular maintenance because debris will still get caught in the gutters.
Screens are the most common gutter protection: they work by covering the gutter with a membrane that lets water seep through but keeps debris out. Screen gutter guards can be as simple as the mesh used for windows, or they can be complex units made of several layers of fine mesh designed to block even the smallest fragments. Like most filtering systems, screens must be removed and cleaned regularly to avoid blockages.
Reverse curve systems are the most advanced type of gutter guards. They let water in through a small opening near the edge of the gutter while allowing gravity to draw other debris off the roof. While it typically requires the most upfront investment, this system requires the least maintenance and ends up being the most cost-effective in the long run. Unlike screens or inserts, debris never enters the gutter at all so there is no need to clean them. In fact, many homes with reverse curve systems have never had their gutters cleaned. North Jersey Gutter Topper specializes in installing the best reverse curve system available on the market, with many features including color options, a smooth silhouette, and rigorous quality testing: they are certified to withstand 110 mph winds with no lift or movement, hold up to 1200 lbs. of weight per square foot, and accept 22 inches of rainfall per hour.