Seeing water gushing over the edges of a gutter is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Fascia board rotting, ceiling damage, mold growth, and ruined curb appeal are only a few of the dire consequences that are to be expected in this case. When water is not flowing through your downspout the way it is supposed to, your clogged gutter system is to blame. Fortunately, the worst-case scenarios may be easily avoided if you know what add-on you should have in place.

Gutter guards are protection systems that serve as a boon to all homeowners out there. They are designed to reduce the risk of clogging by ‘filtering out’ debris and, thus, making sure only rainwater (but not twigs, leaves, bits, and pieces) can pass through your gutter. These add-ons also save you the trouble of oft-repeated drainage system cleaning, which means you no longer need to clamber up your roof every week.

However, choosing the right gutter protection system for your house is not as straightforward as you might think. There are many types of guards on the market, but which one is your perfect fit? We’ll help you make a well-informed decision.

Top 4 types of gutter guards for your home

A brush guard is fitted into the gutter

The choice of guards primarily depends on the roof type and what kind of debris you want them to fend off. That is why all reputable contractors recommend with one voice that homeowners go for:

  • Foam guards
  • Made of porous polyurethane, these guards act like a sponge that doesn’t allow large objects to enter your gutter. They are installed inside it, making sure the appearance of your house from the street is not affected at all. That said, a foam gutter protection system doesn’t prevent tiny pieces from penetrating your drainage, which may result in the growth of unwanted stuff. Plus, it needs to be replaced on a regular basis.

  • Brush guards
  • Think of a huge chimney brush that is put into your gutter system. This is what this type of guards looks like. They prevent blockages by keeping leaves and twigs out of your gutter using special bristles. Although brush guards are budget-friendly and do not require a rocket scientist to be installed, they are not for everyone. Their major drawbacks include the ineffectiveness when dealing with small objects and the build-up of debris on the bristles.

  • Reverse-curve guards
  • Also known as surface tension guards, they work by covering the drainage opening so that only water can pass through. They cause debris to fall down and are designed to last long, which makes them one of the best gutter protection systems available today. Keep in mind, though, that reverse-curve guards call for professional installation, and they are visible from the street. So, you will need to match your roof design and color.

  • Screen guards
  • These are probably the most versatile ones. They can be made either of plastic or stainless steel, micro-mesh, or screen design. Their outstanding feature is that they have multiple debris-filtrating holes which prevent clogging caused by both large and small objects. Another reason why the majority of homeowners choose to use screen guards is that they appeal to all roof types, providing gutters with long-term protection.

Make sure your gutter is in safe hands

A worker is installing a gutter guard

Once you get familiar with all kinds of gutter protection and figure out which one is your plummy solution, ensure that it is professionally installed. Home Run Improvement is looking forward to helping you with that! We are certified contractors for Shur Flo and Leaf Relief who have been around for dozens of years offering affordable gutter guard installation services in Louisville.

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