How Gutter Guards And Screens Can Cause Problems

Posted on: 15 January 2015

Cleaning out your gutters can be a chore, especially if your home has two or more stories on it. While you might think the easy solution is to install gutter guards, they may cause more harm than good. Here are some of the ways gutter guards may be problematic on your home.

Screen Mesh Guards

This type of gutter guard works best if your only problem is large leaves. The leaves will either collect on top of your gutter guard, or eventually wash off the roof when it rains.

One of the problems with this style of gutter guard is that it does not protect well against tiny pine needles. They will slide right through the mesh, and the gutter guards will provide very little protection. If the pine needles do become trapped in the screen mesh, they will cause leaves to get stuck in the gutter guard, causing your roof to look ugly.

If your roof has any type of tar that can become dislodged, it will slide through screen mesh as well. This is not a problem if you have a metal or tile roof though.

Micro Mesh Guards

Similar to screen mesh gutters, the micro mesh style has much smaller holes just as the name implies. It will prevent pine needles from being stuck, but the small holes can cause a completely new problem if you live in a sandy area.

The small holes of the micro mesh gutter guard tend to get clogged with sand, especially after very bad storms. This will require you to clean the gutter guards with some regularity, which defeats the entire purpose of having them in the first place. It will be easier to clean than if there was no gutter guard at all though, as there won't be any muck stuck on the gutter itself.

Solid Top Guards

These types of gutter guards work by covering the entire gutter with a solid top, with a small slit that allows water to get into your gutters. These work great at protecting your gutter from big debris such as leaves and pine needles, and small debris like sand.

The problem with this style of gutter guard comes from ice dams in the winter. When the snow has no place to go, it can block those openings, causing the water to run off the side of your home. You also have a similar issue during heavy rainstorms, as the slit might be too small for water to easily go into the gutter.

By understanding how these three types of gutter guards can cause problems, you can make an informed decision about if they are right for your home. To learn more, contact a company like Tingley's Seamless Spouting with any quesitons you have.