Guttering is a good way of harvesting rainwater for domestic purposes. It also helps to regulate the flow of rainwater from the roof such that it does not splash onto places that you do not want it to. One problem that comes with gutters is clogging. Leaves and other solid objects can be washed from the roof into the gutters, interfering with the flow of the water. Clogged gutters can damage the structure of the roof and worsen ice dams on the roof during cold weather. To avoid this, you can use the following protective devices to ensure that your gutters are always in good condition:
Snap-in Plastic Gutters Guards
Snap-in plastic gutter guards are made using rigid, high-quality polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Since plastic does not rust, the guards are resistant to corrosion, although their colour can fade gradually due to prolonged exposure to ultra-violet rays. They are easy to install by clipping one edge of the snap-in guard into the front edge of the gutters and then sliding the other edge of the guard into the gutter edge close to the roof shingles. When it fits, the gutter guard will snap, and you won't need to push it any further. Snap-in plastic gutter guards keep leaves and solid debris from entering the gutter, facilitating a smooth flow. These guards can be used on steel, aluminium or plastic gutters.
When leaves, debris and other solid objects find their way into the gutter, they can be washed to the downspouts, clogging them. Downspouts are the openings connecting the gutter to the outlet pipes used to drain the water to a storage facility or an alternative drainage facility. With strainers, you will be able to keep the downspouts from clogging. Strainers are made using aluminium, steel or copper wires. To install them, you should place the strainers inside the downspout, at the point where it forms a joint with the gutter.
Hinged Gutter Guards
Hinged gutter guards are made from stainless steel to prevent rusting. They prevent leaves and debris from entering the gutter by having a mesh design that does not collapse under snow or ice. Preferably, you should go for a convex design, which keeps debris from accumulating on the gutter guard.
During installation, one edge of the guard is clipped onto the gutter while the other edge is placed on top of the roof shingle. The fact that they have hinges and the method of installation enable you to swing the gutter guard open. If need be, you can do so and clean the gutter using a brush.