Every home needs a functioning gutter system to stay protected from water damage. However, their elevated position makes gutters susceptible to debris from trees such as leaves, moss, or twigs. Gutter guards exist to prevent this problem.
At AFS, we want your home to stay as well-protected as possible. We believe every homeowner should understand how gutter guards work so they can experience the benefits of an effective gutter system. Let’s look at the specifics of gutter guards so you can decide what works best for your home!
Blocked Gutters Cause Major Damage
Since gutters are designed to move water away from a home, blocked gutters can lead to serious water damage. Believe it or not, excess water can cause damage to your foundation, exterior walls, and the gutters themselves. Not to mention, excess moisture attracts all sorts of pests including mosquitoes, rodents, or termites.
There is also a long list of things that can cause your gutter to become clogged. Here’s just a few:
- Pine needles or pinecones
- Wasp nests
- Small branches
- Bird Nests
With all these different factors in mind, you can see how valuable a tool gutter guards can be. Maybe you’ve used gutter guards in the past and found they didn’t work as well as you hoped they would. Well, there are different types of gutter guards, some of which don’t work effectively.
Quick Tips on Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are available in all sorts of styles and materials. You might see them advertised as shields, filters, screens, or covers. While every type has the goal of preventing debris build-up, many bring their own set of problems along the way. Let’s explore these different styles and show you why AFS has the best solution on the market.
Gutter Brushes: These guards are exactly what they sound like, insertable metal screens that provide a barrier between your gutter and debris. Unfortunately, these screens often have holes just big enough for the stems of leaves to get stuck in them, as well as pine needles or dirt. Blockage still occurs and water begins spilling over the sides of your gutter
Gutter Screens: These guards are exactly what they sound like, insertable metal screens that provide a barrier between your gutter and debris. Unfortunately, these screens often have holes just big enough for the stems of leaves to get stuck in them, as well as pine needles or dirt. Blockage still occurs and water begins spilling over the sides of your gutter.
Mesh Gutter Covers: Similar to screens, these covers use small holes to prevent debris from getting stuck in them. However, these small holes can also make it difficult for particularly heavy rain to make it into your gutters. Mesh might backfire during a large storm and cause water to overflow regardless.
Foam Gutter Guards: Foam gutter guards function similarly to gutter brushes, inserted into the gutter as a barrier against debris. Foam options break down over time and still require regular cleaning as debris simply collects on top of it. Eventually, it will break down too much and allow debris to fall through.
What’s the Solution?
Each of these gutter guards has drawbacks that prevent them from working perfectly. However, AFS has a gutter guard solution that avoids all these setbacks – the AquaFlow™ Gutter Topper. Our gutter guard fits onto every roof style and can be modified if needed.
The AquaFlow™ is a perforated cover that aims to keep debris out but let rainwater in. Plus, the design is self-flushing which means you won’t have to worry about maintenance. Installation is quick and often takes less than half a day! Be aware, AFS currently only offers gutter services in Chattanooga.
Frequently Asked Questions
Gutter guards don’t even work if your gutters are faulty. Gutters usually last about 20 years, but if you’ve noticed cracks, mildew, or peeling paint anywhere on your gutters, consider installing new ones. That way, gutter guards can work effectively.
In most cases, the answer is yes. Your home is at constant risk of water damage due to rainfall. Chattanooga receives about 51 inches of rain a year. Compare that to the national average of 38 inches, and you can see why gutter guards are necessary for homes in the area.
There is no set amount of time that gutter guards last. Sometimes they last a few months, while some can last the entire lifetime of your gutter system. It all depends on your home’s specific conditions. In general, you can expect gutters to last about 5-10 years.
Yes, most gutter guards are easily removable. If your gutter guards require maintenance or cleaning, you can easily access them. However, gutter guards shouldn’t require tons of maintenance. Our AquaFlow™ gutter topper is a maintenance-free option for your home!
Keep Your Gutters Clean and Functional
AFS offers gutter services in Chattanooga. If you are experiencing gutter issues or foundation damage around your Chattanooga home, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free inspection. Plus, if you have more questions about gutters or foundation services, continue exploring our website.
Our team of experts is committed to solving the problems affecting your home. At AFS, we pride ourselves on fast service, responsive customer service, and a quality job every time!