What To Consider When Choosing The Best Gutter Guard
Gutter cleaning is a messy job, but it’s important to always ensure your stormwater drainage system is clear of leaves, twigs and other debris. Fortunately, easy-to-install rain gutter guards prevent debris from clogging up gutters. When it comes to a rain gutter guard, there are a few different material options to choose from. In this blog, we’ll go over the different types and discuss the factors to choosing the right one for your home.
Types of Gutter Guards
There are five main types of leaf guards available on today’s market. These include: brush, foam, screen, micro mesh and reverse curve (or surface tension gutter guards). While each guard has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, they all help reduce the amount of times homeowners need to hire out gutter cleaning. Read more about the pros and cons of each here.
Leaf Guard Materials
- Stainless steel is commonly used to make micro-mesh, screen, and reverse- curve gutter guards. It’s one of the most durable options, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Stainless steel is resistant to rust, corrosion, and temperature extremes, so the leaf guards will not expand, warp, or crack.
- Copper screen and micro-mesh eavestrough covers are extremely rust and corrosion resistant. Copper gutter guards are typically more durable (and more expensive) than any other type, but they can also be difficult to find because few manufacturers produce them.
- Aluminum, a relatively inexpensive metal, is used to manufacture lightweight micro-mesh and screen gutter guards. Though not as durable as stainless steel or copper options, durability isn’t as important for homes that don’t have overhanging tree branches because there’s less chance of branches, twigs, pine needles, and other hard objects piercing the guard.
- Plastics are frequently used in the fabrication of gutter guard frames for both reverse-curve and brush guards. Brush guards, on the other hand, typically have a stainless steel or aluminium core, while brush bristles are typically made of polypropylene. Plastic is inexpensive and non-corrosive, but it is prone to swelling and cracking.
- Foam gutter guards are made entirely of foam. The entire guard is essentially a block of foam that allows water to filter through while keeping large debris out of the gutter. Although foam is a cheap and long-lasting material, it is prone to mold growth and needs frequent replacing.
Size of Rain Gutter Guards
Choosing the right size gutter guard requires climbing a secure ladder and measuring the width of the gutter. The length of each gutter must also be measured in order to determine the proper size and number of gutter guards needed to protect the entire gutter system.
The majority of gutter guards are available in lengths ranging from 3 to 8 feet. Gutters are available in three standard widths, with guards to match: 4-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch, with 5-inch being the most popular.
Leaf Guard Visibility
Depending on the type of leaffilter used, the side or even the top of the gutter may be visible from the ground, so choose a guard that highlights the house or blends in with the existing aesthetic. Because they sit completely in the gutter, foam and brush gutter guards are virtually invisible from the ground, but micro-mesh, screen, and reverse-curve gutter guards are more visible.
Guards are typically available in three standard colours: white, black, and silver. Some products come in additional colour options, allowing users to find guards that complement their gutters. Matching the gutter guards to the colour of the roof is another good way to achieve a unified, appealing appearance.