They may not always look like an outstanding technological advancement. But your home’s gutters are a well-designed, cost-effective drainage system for your roof’s runoff water, which slides down your roof, flows through your gutters, and out of your downspouts.
However, this process breaks down when leaves, pine needles, twigs, or other debris get into your gutters and form clogs. Then the runoff water backs up, spills over the sides of the gutters, and falls on the ground near your home, where it can damage landscaping, basements, and even your foundation.
What is a Gutter Screen?
One way to address this problem is to purchase gutter screens for your gutters. As the name implies, gutter screens are long pieces of screen-like material which are designed to keep solid debris out of your gutters while allowing runoff water to flow through the holes. Let’s take a look at some of the gutter screen options available today.
- Forms. Many gutter screens are sold much like gutter sections are: as long, rectangular pieces of metal that lay across the tops of your gutters or are attached with screws or fasteners. But gutter screens are also sold in rolls like duct tape. They allow you to spool out the amount of gutter screen you need and cut it to fit your gutters.
- Materials. Modern gutter screens come in a wide variety of materials. The aforementioned rolls of gutter screen are usually comprised of either plastic or a soft, semi-malleable metal. Gutter screen sections can be constructed of aluminum, steel, or stainless steel — much like your gutters are.
- Shapes. The majority of gutter screens are constructed to lie flat across the top of your gutters parallel to the gutters themselves, making them fairly easy to install. Some gutter screens are intended to slope downward toward your yard to facilitate solid debris sliding off them. There are even gutter screens which are made with a wavy, hilly surface.
- Openings. Finally, the openings through which runoff water flows come in different sizes and shapes, too. Basic screens look like miniature chain-link fencing with either diamond- or square-shaped holes. There are some sectional gutter screens which more closely resemble vents: those openings can be slotted, rectangular, or even circular.
So which of these gutter screens should you buy for your home? Well… none of them, actually.
Gutter Helmet: Better Than a Gutter Screen
You see, gutter screens don’t do a great job of achieving their goals. While most gutter screens do in fact keep debris from getting into gutters, they simply allow the debris to lie on top of the screens, which eventually causes water to bypass the gutters entirely and fall onto the ground. This necessitates the homeowner climbing up on a ladder to “unclog” them by removing the debris (much like they would if they were to clean out gutters that don’t have screens over them). Also, most gutter screens aren’t really made to last more than a few years, meaning that they’ll probably have to replaced by the homeowner.
The solution? The Gutter Helmet protection system. Instead of gutter screens, Gutter Helmet employs a reverse curve design which completely repels solid debris. The entire construction is opaque, with the exception of a 3/8-inch slit on the underside through which water can flow into the gutters. Gutter Helmet works so well that it comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you’ll never have to clean your gutters again!
For more information on how to get a Gutter Helmet gutter protection system installed on your home, fill out the form on the right, or call 1-800-975-6666 and sign up for a free-in home estimate.