Gutters get clogged due to the usual suspects such as leaves and debris, but did you know shingle granules, moss, dirt and sediments could also be the culprits?
- Leaves and debris: Falling leaves, twigs, and other debris can accumulate in gutters over time, obstructing the flow of water.
- Roof debris: Shingle granules, moss, and small particles from the roof surface can wash into the gutters and contribute to clogging.
- Birds and pests: Nests and animal droppings from birds, squirrels, or other pests can accumulate in gutters, causing blockages.
- Dirt and sediment: Over time, dirt, sand, and sediment can accumulate in gutters, particularly if there is insufficient or improper drainage.
Because of these lesser known obstructions, cleaning out your gutters isn’t always enough. Gutter guards, also known as gutter covers or gutter screens, are designed to help prevent clogging and maintain the proper functioning of gutters. Here’s how they can help:
- Debris filtration: Gutter guards act as a barrier that allows water to enter the gutter system while blocking leaves, debris, and larger particles. This helps prevent clogs and reduces the frequency of gutter cleaning.
- Improved water flow: By keeping debris out, gutter guards promote smoother water flow within the gutters. This allows rainwater to efficiently drain away from the roof, preventing overflow and potential water damage to the home’s foundation, walls, and landscaping.
- Reduced maintenance: Gutter guards significantly reduce the amount of debris that accumulates in the gutters, minimizing the need for frequent cleaning. While some maintenance may still be necessary, it is typically less frequent and easier to perform.
- Extended gutter lifespan: By preventing clogs, gutter guards help prolong the lifespan of gutters. Clogs can lead to excessive weight, water overflow, and damage to the gutter system. With gutter guards, gutters are better protected and can function properly for a longer period.
Another way to prevent roof debris is to rejuvenate your roof using Greener Shingles. Read more about how Greener Shingles can prevent moss and loose shingle granules here.