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A Guide to Gutter Guards

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If you ever find yourself using too much effort and time to clean out your gutters or fix leaks, it is an indication you need gutter guards. Thanks to the creation of easy-to-install guards, gutter guards are the new norm in every home today.

Gutter guards come in different forms. In this article, Iron Horse Gutter Works discusses types of gutter guards in detail. We offer our services in East Syracuse, NY and its environs.
In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss some of the great benefits of seamless gutters. Read on to learn more, and if you are interested in seamless gutters on your Syracuse home, reach out to the team at Iron Horse Gutter Works today.

Mesh Guards

These are vinyl, plastic, or metal screens perforated with tiny holes that lie atop the gutters. Besides preventing entry of debris into the gutters, the screens also allow in water via the perforations.

The pros for these types of guards include:

  • Easy installation
  • Lightweight nature that limits its impact on gutters
  • Effectiveness at preventing gutter clogs even from the tiniest debris

Here are some of the cons:

  • Shortened lifespan
  • Limits the flow of water into the gutters, thus heightening the chance of overflow
Camera looking down at mesh gutter guards on a home
Woman inspecting gutter guards before she puts them on her home

Reverse Curve Guards

Just as the name suggests, reverse gutter guards are sheets of materials that rest on the gutters and bend backward at the edges. They direct water into a tiny opening. Unfortunately, the opening only lets water pass through while the debris is thrown over the system edge.
These gutters are a favorite of most people because of their effectiveness at keeping off debris, ice, and snow. Besides, they create a surface that doesn’t favor the thriving of rodents or bird nests, not forgetting the large volumes of rainfall they can handle without any loss of effectiveness.

They are, however costly, vulnerable to damages and clogging from falling branches and leaves, respectively.

Bottle Brush Guards

Assuming the shape of a bottle, bottle brush guards are pieces of metal wire or other material covered in bristles. The bristles occupy the space in the gutter, allowing water to pass through while keeping leaves and other debris at bay.
Instead of passing the debris over the gutter edge, bottlebrush guards trap them, breaking them down and washing them away afterward. They are cost-effective and easy to install but aren’t suited for large debris amounts.
These gutters are a favorite of most people because of their effectiveness at keeping off debris, ice, and snow. Besides, they create a surface that doesn’t favor the thriving of rodents or bird nests, not forgetting the large volumes of rainfall they can handle without any loss of effectiveness.

They are, however costly, vulnerable to damages and clogging from falling branches and leaves, respectively.

Person wearing green gloves installing white nylon gutter guards on a home
Person wearing green gloves installing white nylon gutter guards on a home

Nylon Guards

These are thick nylon sheets tailored to fit into gutter systems. Put simply; they create a screen over the gutter top. Just like mesh guards, they allow water through and keep away debris. However, one significant difference from mesh guards is that nylon guards aren’t attached to the roof or gutters. Also, they aren’t susceptible to rust. Additionally, nylon allows more water flow compared to vinyl or micro-perforated metal.

When it comes to choosing gutter guards, the list of options is endless. However, this is the reason you shouldn’t have any excuse for a clogged gutter. Iron Horse Gutter Works in East Syracuse, NY, has got your back for any gutter protection matters.

Are you in need of our gutter services? Contact us today.

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