As long as it’s not leaking, most people tend not to think about their roof or their gutters very much. Over time, however, if these things are not cared for, they can cause significant problems. In particular, gutters can clog with debris from the roof, creating problems every time it rains. Because of this, many people invest in gutter guards that can prevent large debris, such as pine needles and leaves, from collecting in the gutters. Smaller debris, such as shingle sediment, however, may not be blocked by these guards.
Homes with asphalt shingles are at particular risk for this issue. These shingles are coated with a sand-like material that can wear off over time. This material tends to wear off in small amounts, but it can collect in the bottom of storm gutters just like dirt. Unfortunately, this sediment can be difficult to screen out for some gutter guards. If you’re thinking of making the investment in gutter guards, consider which ones will do a good job of defending your gutters from this fine silt.
Mesh Gutter Guards
Mesh gutter guards are some of the most common types of gutter guards available on the market. They consist of mesh panels that keep out large debris while letting in water. If you decide on this type of system, look for mesh panels with very fine holes. This will prevent larger particles of sand from getting through. In particular, nylon gutter guards are an excellent choice. Not only do they block most shingle sediment, but they also block snow from building up and freezing in the gutters.
Reverse curve gutter guards are made of a curved piece of thin metal that directs water into the gutters and everything else onto the ground. These are good for directing away large debris, but they will not catch sand, dirt and shingle sediment.
Bottle brush gutter guards stand up inside the gutters and collect debris. While they are ideal for directing leaves and other large debris away from gutters, sand and shingle sediment tend to collect around the base of the bristles. This makes it necessary to replace the bristles every few years. They do have the advantage of being completely hidden from the street, however.
Foam gutter guards are a special type of plastic that fits directly into the gutter. The foam absorbs water, but nothing else. That leaves dirt, leaves, shingle sediment and more to collect on top of the gutters.
If you’re thinking about making the investment in gutters and/or gutter guards, call Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning. We have years of experience helping our customers protect and beautify their homes.