What Factors are Important when Deciding on a Gutter Protection System?

Now that gutter guards are available to the responsible homeowner it makes sense to have them installed. You can save the cost or dangers of regular gutter cleaning and be sure that your home is protected from damage caused by inadequately controlled water flowing from the roof to places where it’s not wanted. After all, your gutters are designed to fit into a controlled drainage system and anything which interferes with proper draining of your gutters is a potential problem. So a gutter system sells itself.

But there are many competing brands and types of gutter protection available, all boasting of their particular advantages. So what should you look for when choosing? A suggested list of practical features are:

  • Sturdy construction for a long and trouble-free service life. This is important, you don’t want to have to replace the system anytime soon. The system pays for itself, but the longer it lasts the greater your ultimate saving. This factor is a biggie.
  • Proper control of water and debris. It must not allow leaves or other debris and ice to build up and result in clogging the gutter protection itself. This would just shift the problem from the gutter to the gutter guard. It must properly direct the overflow water into the gutters while leaves and ice or other rubbish which might clog the gutters falls safely over the edge.
  • It must enhance your home. You don’t want an unsightly installation which will spoil the appearance of your home. You are trying to improve your home, not detract from its value.
  • It must come with appropriate warranties. Any product may have unexpected problems. You need to be sure these will be sorted out to your satisfaction.
  • System should be able to handle high winds and extreme volumes of water. Our weather patterns are changing in unguessable ways and your guttering (which includes the covers) needs to be able to handle any changes.
  • Should preferably be locally-made for better support and quality. You don’t want to end up in a situation where the installers have disappeared and you’re left struggling with a disinterested overseas manufacturer to correct any deficiencies.
  • Must strengthen existing gutters. You don’t want a system which puts an extra load on existing gutters and damages them.
  • Cost – should be reasonably priced and affordable. In reality you should be prepared to pay a bit extra for a really good system. If you can get it more reasonably priced, that’s a real bonus!

I’m sure you can come up with other requirements for your specific needs, but this is a good list to get you started. If you are able to find a system which satisfies all these requirements it will likely be a very good choice.

So what’s your next step? I would suggest an internet search and an evaluation of available gutter guard systems against this list. Any worthwhile supplier will offer a free consultation. Remember, the sooner you act the sooner your home will be better equipped to face that major storm, and the sooner you will have peace of mind – at least about blocked gutters, thanks to your new gutter guards.