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Getting a Good Gutter System for Your Home: Part 2 – Do You Really Need a Gutter Protection System?

Nov 24, 2015

A properly installed seamless gutter is just the first step you can take towards creating a home that’ll more easily handle rain and snowmelt for years. The second issue you’ll need to address gutter-wise is the dirt and leaves that can cause clogging and keep your gutter from functioning properly. Fortunately, this issue can be addressed by installing a gutter protection system.

Gutter protection systems are gutter accessories designed to keep foreign objects from getting into the gutter channels and prevent clogging. Common examples of gutter protection systems are gutter brushes, wire mesh, and gutter covers. A clutter-free gutter is good, but what exactly are you getting from gutter protection systems?

Gutter protection systems make your gutters easy to clean

Without a gutter protection system, getting rid of dirt from a gutter channel usually involves picking out dirt from your gutter’s trough. This method takes a lot of time and energy. In comparison, cleaning a gutter with a gutter protection system mainly involves brushing off leaves that my have drifted down and gathered along the gutter’s edges. Gutter protection systems are designed to make gutters maintenance-free for months or even years!

Gutter protection systems help prevent leaks

One of the biggest causes of leaks in seamless gutters is dirt accumulation. The debris traps some of the water, which in turn causes related issues like mold and mildew, which can cause significant damage over time. Getting a gutter protection system means water won’t be staying in the channel long enough to cause any harm to your gutters.

Gutter protection systems look great

Most gutter protection systems are designed to add beauty to your home, not detract from it aesthetically. For instance, some gutter covers are designed to conceal the gap between the roof edge and the gutter channel, making your home more visually appealing.

Keeping gutters clog-free isn’t just a matter of convenience; gutter systems can also extend the lifespan of your gutters by several years without too much maintenance. Imagine how much time and money you can save that would have been spent on picking out debris from your gutter!

You have the gutter and the gutter protection, now it’s time to head to the last part of this blog series for information on how to get those two installed!