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Why Gutter Screens Might Be More Hassle Than Cleaning Out Gutters

Most homeowners are aware that regularly cleaning leaves and other tree debris out of rain gutters will aid in the prevention of clogs, back-ups and water runoff. When these things do occur, the heavy weight of the water can pull the gutters away from the fascia. In addition, water may also spill over the edge, potentially causing damage to siding, windows and doors, landscaping and even the foundation.

Gutter Guards Help Prevent Clogs

You should inspect and clean out your gutter and downspout system twice a year at minimum to ensure it doesn’t get clogged. If you’re like most homeowners, you want to spend as little time as possible cleaning out your gutters, which is why gutter guards are a great option to consider. However, don’t expect all gutter guards to be maintenance-free.

Even if you don’t have trees in your own yard, wind-blown debris from neighboring trees will inevitably collect on top of your gutter guards. This situation is preferable to cleaning handfuls of messy, soggy leaves, twigs and dirt out of clogged gutters, but with some products gutter guard cleaning is more difficult than cleaning the gutters themselves! Case in point: gutter screens.

Why Gutter Screens Are Hard to Clean

Most gutter screens feature either a louvered (slotted) metal cover, a perforated metal cover or a mesh screen that fits under shingles. While this type of cover is generally effective at preventing leaves and large debris from entering the gutter, seedlings, pods and pine needles either penetrate the screen or become stuck in the openings – rendering the gutter screen useless. This could also leave you facing the unpleasant dilemma of figuring out how to clean thousands of seeds or needles out of the gutter screen installation.

Read Gutter Helmet® Reviews

Be sure to choose your gutter guard system wisely! Your gutter guard should make the task of keeping your gutters clean easier, not create more problems for you to solve. That’s why Gutter Helmet® has been America’s gutter guard of choice for more than 30 years, as evidenced by our many positive gutter guard reviews. Its patented solid cover allows rainwater to flow freely while keeping out all types of debris, which translates to peace of mind as well as clean gutters. Get your free quote today by calling (800) 824-3772.