Gutters are an important part of a roofing system, keeping water away from shingles and preventing ice dams from forming. There are a variety of gutter protection systems on the market that are designed to keep them free of debris with varying degrees of performance. It’s important for contractors to understand the differences in gutter system protection and performance and choose the system that is best for the structure to avoid getting call backs from the property owner for gutter leaks and failures.
The challenge with a gutter system is keeping it clear of leaves and debris so that it can do its job and carry water away from the roof and the building. Some of the early technology that was used to try to keep gutters clear was a combination of metal and plastic screening. While in theory this sounds like a good idea, it actually ends up requiring ongoing maintenance by the property owner. This system doesn’t prevent debris such as roof aggregate and pine needles from creating blockages in the gutters. After time, the property owner still has to remove the screens and clean out the gutters.
Another solution is the use of foam filters in the gutter. This is a relatively newer idea but it still requires maintenance as filters often need to be cleaned and replaced. This is a similar to the attention required by filters in other areas of the home such as in an air conditioning system or a dryer. There is also the risk of the foam properties degrading and allowing for the growth of mold and mildew.
Other gutter systems include what is known in the industry as one- and two-piece systems. These are gutters and protection in one and need to replace the existing gutters which may still be in good condition. They are fabricated on site by the roofing contractor and if damaged later by a tree limb they require replacement of the entire section.
One of the top performers in gutter protection is the use of a solid gutter guard with a nose-forward design such as Gutter Helmet®. It works on the principle of surface tension – water follows the nose into the gutter while debris slides right off. Another advantage is that it can be installed overtop existing or new gutters.
Providing the property owner with a gutter protection system that requires little to no maintenance, keeps them off the ladder, protects their property from leaks and ice dams and can even work with their existing gutters is the key to a happy customer.
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