There are so many different kinds of gutter covers on the market today. Some of them are made from vinyl, polyethylene, aluminium, steel or PVC. Gutter covers are specifically engineered to prevent leaves and debris from entering your gutters, gutter system, and your plumbing pipes – especially the drains. These drains carry water away from your home and garden. But, over time, they can become clogged with leaves, twigs, pinecones, needles, nuts, and other debris. This makes water slowly leak from your roof and pool through cracks in your foundation and floor slab.
Leaves and twigs can also break off and drift down into the water, causing your sewage and storm drain system problems. Water can also get trapped between your shingles and your gutters, which can cause leaking. Finally, if left unchecked, all of this debris can rot and attract insects. All of this adds up to a huge mess that’s difficult, if not impossible, to clean up. A gutter guard is just one option for getting around all of this.
But what is an Adelaide Gutter Guard? Simply put, it is a piece of metal, vinyl or plastic that is placed over your gutters to keep debris from getting through. There are different styles – some are attached to the roof, some are extended above the ground, and some are placed on top of the existing covers. Depending on your particular situation, there’s a cover designed just for your specific circumstances. Let’s take a look at the types and how they work.
In urban areas, many homeowners use vinyl or aluminium gutters to keep out the elements. However, these covers are susceptible to rotting and cracking under the constant wear and tear of heavy rain and snow. As a result, these plastic or metal covers start to look worn down. In addition, the material doesn’t hold as much water as traditional gutters, so rainwater trickles in without a filter. This poses a threat to the structural integrity of nearby homes and businesses.
Metal gutters guards prevent water from running off at the top of the fascia, which is where it starts to pool and get caught up in the shingles. Clogged gutters can cause damage to the fascia and even cause damage to your home. A good guard will be made of durable metal and will be able to withstand extreme weather conditions. They are very effective at keeping water away from the top of the fascia, but they don’t have any protection from rain and snow, which means that you still have to clean out your clogged gutters regularly. Metal guards often come with a built-in steel connection system for added strength.
Plastic or painted guards can look nice, but they can’t keep debris or prevent it from getting into the gutter. They also have limited longevity when it comes to being exposed to harsh weather conditions such as heavy rain or snow. Cleaning these types of gutters is a challenging proposition because they’re just not designed to withstand scrubbing, so there’s no pleasing result to it. In addition, these types of guards are prone to flaking, which means that they’re no better at protecting against leaves and other debris than they are at keeping out leaves and other debris. Finally, a good guard needs to be both durable and affordable, so look for a company that offers a wide variety of different styles and sizes.
You might think that installing a guard would be expensive, but they are relatively affordable in most cases. High-end, imported guards can cost thousands of dollars, but there are high-end, domestic options available, as well. If you shop around and compare prices, you may be surprised to find that the price of a high-end guard is the same as many of the lower-end options that you’ll find. Still, if you choose a high-end guard from time to time, it will probably pay for itself over time. The important thing is that you’re happy with your choice.