Fallen leaves and roof debris are the bane of gutter systems. They clog exposed gutters and downspouts and, if they get too heavy, damage an entire gutter system. When this happens, the frieze board or siding to which traditional gutters are nailed can sustain some damage as well. To prevent these problems, you must install a seamless leaf gutter protection system.
The Problem With Screens on Gutters
The traditional method of keeping debris out of gutters is to cover them with screens, which, it turns out, is not worth the trouble.
In theory, covering the gutters with a screen is the practical thing to do. It allows rainwater or roof runoffs to flow through the holes and through the gutter. It prevents leaves, twigs, and other large debris from getting washed into the gutter and clogging it.
The problem is, rain gutter leaf screens and downspout screens are far from perfect. Although they’re able to block leaves and branches from flowing into the downspout, the screens themselves eventually get clogged with dirt. Add wet leaves into the mix, and your gutter screen will effectively become a solid cover that permits nothing, not even rainwater, to pass through to the gutter.
This is problematic for many reasons:
- Since water can’t flow through the gutter due to the clogged screens, the runoffs will just flow off the roof and into the soil next to the house’s foundation.
- The leaves and debris collected on the screen cover will eventually accumulate and weigh down the gutter system. The heavy gutter will eventually bend or warp and later detach from the edge of the roof.
- The weighed-down gutter can get damaged over time.
- Rainwater collected in the clogged gutter can leak into the ceiling or flow down the wall like an indoor waterfall.
We believe that there’s a better alternative for a leaf gutter protection installation instead of screens, and that’s seamless gutter covers.
What Our Seamless Gutter Covers Get Right
The seamless gutter cover that we use is more effective at preventing leaves and debris from entering the gutter. It doesn’t depend on a filtration setup because any dirt on the roof will simply fall off as it reaches the edge of the roofline.
Meanwhile, the smooth, nose-forward design of our seamless covers directs rainwater naturally towards the gutter — no debris included.
Which Is Better: Gutter Cover or Filter?
We have a clear answer for this: seamless gutters outperform filters in the long run with the following benefits:
- Aesthetic value – The smooth, seamless, and clean design blends well with any roof type and style.
- Low-maintenance – You won’t need to keep climbing your roof to clean or repair your gutters because there is a low chance of either happening.
- Highly functional – Seamless gutter covers are very effective at directing rainwater in the right direction.
- Extended benefits – With your gutters and seamless gutter protection system functioning properly, you won’t have to deal with things like a muddy front step, leaky roof, water-damaged walls or floors, mold and mildew, mosquito infestation, and other problems associated with stagnant water.
Invest in a highly functional gutter system and reap these rewards for years.
Get the best leaf gutter protection at Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters.