Gutters play a vital role in protecting your home and your roof. Obviously, without their presence, your shingles along with your fascia boards can become damaged. That’s to say nothing of the effect it can have on your foundation. Unfortunately, though, even with their many benefits, one big drawback of gutters is having to clean them out, removing leaves and debris that have gathered. Thankfully, there are products on the market today that can remedy this common complaint. The most notable of which is LeafGuard gutters. The following is a breakdown of how LeafGuard compares with other gutter guard products.
What Are LeafGuard Gutter Guards & How do They Differ From Traditional Products?
LeafGuard differs from every other gutter product on the market by being a patented one-piece system. It is created by combining a unique curved hood and large gutter bottom in an all-in-one seamless piece of aluminum. The end result is debris sliding off the gutters, allowing water to continue to move through the gutter uninhibited.
How LeafGuard Compares to Other Products
- Helmets, Covers,and Hoods: These gutter guarding products are made of two pieces. They attach either under or over the shingles and must pierce the roof felt to the deck to stay in place. While these products might work well enough, the act of piercing a deck can actually invalidate a roof warranty and can lead to costly water damage and leaks.
- Open Face Gutters: They are seamless to be sure, but due to their design, being open on top, they tend to collect debris, twigs, pine needles, leaves and more. This can eventually clog the gutters and downspouts, which if left long enough, can ruin them and damage your home.
- Mesh Toppers & Gutter Screens: Mesh toppers and gutter screens are pretty inexpensive and readily available at virtually any hardware store. Because of their budget-friendly pricing and availability, they are a commonly used solution for backed up gutters. While they do work marginally well, they come with some drawbacks. For example, they aren’t that easy to install, and they don’t have great longevity. Add to that the fact that they are not that effective at stopping the build of pine needles or debris means they aren’t always the best solution for your gutters. However, they do handle leaves well and keep them from piling up in the gutter, but that’s about all they protect against.
- Two-Piece Gutter Guard System: This two-piece system that combines a cover and an open gutter bottom comes with some issues. For example, because the system is in two pieces, the movement of debris from the top isn’t always seamless, meaning debris like leaves and pine needles can and often do get stuck between the two pieces. This in turn causes a build-up of debris on top of the guard itself. In addition, they can come apart and detach during storms or even high winds, which makes them pretty vulnerable to damage from tree limbs or ladders.
Bottom Line: It’s Your Choice
Hopefully, by looking over the information outlined above, you can see for yourself how LeafGuard differs from other gutter guard products on the market today. While we wholeheartedly recommend LeafGuard gutters, we want you to make your own decision for your home. If you would like to learn more about the options you can choose from and why they might best fit your needs, contact us today.