Cleaning your home’s gutters is a necessity for preventing roof and water leaks but not necessarily a favorite task of homeowners. Gutter Guards are designed, in part, to make cleanup easier, can lessen the workload for homeowners faced with gutters filled with leaves and other debris. But are gutter guards all they’re cracked up to be? Can they cause roof leaks?
Here are a couple of things to consider as you buy gutter guards for your home.
1. Gutter guards will need maintenance
Many gutter guard manufacturers like to tell customers their products never need maintenance after installation. That’s misleading information, to say the least because you’ll still have to maintain your gutter guards – even if you don’t need to clean your gutters as often as you used to.
Debris may clog the gutter guard’s screening device, keeping water from getting in the gutter. In this event, your gutter guards will require cleaning, especially after a massive storm. While gutter guards to an excellent job of keeping debris out of your gutters, debris can still back up over the gutters. This can cause water to back up under the roof.
Another potential issue with gutter guards is exaggerated ice problems because melting snow and ice build-up and reacts differently with gutter guards than with traditional gutters. These issues may lead to water leaks and, again, emphasize the importance of regular gutter guard maintenance.
Gutter guards may also create basement leaks. Rainwater which isn’t contained by existing gutters spills over the edge of the roof to the ground nearest the house. Water dumped near the home makes its way quickly to the foundation and into the basement through porous concrete and masonry, deteriorated mortar joints, and more.
Checking and maintaining your gutters guards every spring and fall is a good practice for preventing roof leaks on other issues.
2. Beware of improperly installed gutter guards
Working with an experienced, dependable roofing contractor means you don’t have to worry about gutter guard installation issues. Improper installation includes nailing the guards right through the shingles, as well as incorrect placement of the gutters and guards – which leads to water backing up under the roof. The result is roof leaks and damaged plywood under the shingles.
If you’re thinking about installing gutter guards or have questions about any gutter system, call Victors Roofing. They have the knowledge and know-how to serve you best.