What Gutter Guard is right for your home?
There are many options when it comes to selecting gutter guards and it is hard to know which gutter guard is best for you and your situation.
Gutter guard manufacturers are experts at designing and marketing their own gutter guard products. We here at NZTS aim to give well-rounded advice on which gutter guard may be the best for you and the factors to consider.
Why take our advice?
We clean thousands of gutters every year and come across hundreds with gutter guards installed. We supply most different types of gutter guards to best suit you, the situation and your budget so you know our advice is unbiased.
When it comes to the correct gutter guards for each situation there isn’t one size that fits all and there are many variables
Because of our work on roofs and gutters that NZTS carries out, we see all types of gutter guards, the failures and successes. Here’s a quick guide to help you.
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Cleaning out the gutters before Gutter Guards are installed
Having the gutters cleaned out very thoroughly before gutter guards are installed is very important. Dirty gutters will more quickly sprout growth and cause issues underneath the gutter guard, which become harder to identify and fix once the gutter guards are installed.
NZTS are expert gutter cleaners and will make sure gutters are cleaned exceptionally well before installation of any gutter guards.
Selecting the right Gutter Guards
Selecting the right gutter guards comes down to a few things:
Certain roof types and coating like some concrete tile and decramastic or stone chip roofing products can deposit sediment in through the small holes in gutter guards. We will advise on the right sort to use if your home falls in this category.
The type of tree and plants around or above your roofline and what kind of seeds, leaves, needles are falling will change the sort of gutter guard you will need
Gutter guards can be a great solution for pest problems. Securing gutter guard over all valleys of roofs and gutters will block access to gutters and roof cavities
Gutter Guard options:
- Gutter Mesh / Gutter Screen*
- Gutter Foam
- Gutter Brush
* In metal or plastic Gutter Guard options
Some gutter guards are hard installed and screwed down; others fit into or clip into gutters. There are cheap and expensive gutter guard options. As with most things, the most expensive is not always the best. Sometimes expensive hard installed options can impede other types of roof and gutter maintenance.
Will it always be clean under Gutter Guards after they are installed?
No! All gutters with or without gutter guard will require maintenance and gutter cleaning at some point in the future. Some gutter with gutter guard installed will be ok for a few years where others you will need to clean through gutter guard to push the build up of debris through the system.
How does it get dirty underneath the Gutter Guards?
Sediment from roof tiles, dust, small bits of pollen and small seeds will still fit through most types of gutter guards. Gutter foam is the best type of gutter guard if you have trees dropping small debris.
Things to consider before installing Gutter Guards
Do you have any other issues with your roof or gutters that could impede future maintenance?
What solution fits best for your budget?
What type of debris are you trying to keep out of the gutters?
Do you need gutter guards around your whole gutter line or just the problem areas?
Are you installing gutter guards to keep pests or birds out?
To help with the decision-making process, feel free to call NZTS 0800 777 296
Gutter Guard maintenance
Most gutter guards will still need a clean annually to ensure no build up of dirt, dust, moss / mould or root systems. If the gutter guard is doing its job this should be at minimal effort and cost to just give them a quick water blast through. Leaving the gutter guard unchecked for too long will increase the likelihood of having to remove the gutter guard to access the mess and increase the time taken and cost involved.
When should you not install Gutter Guards?
NZTS will also advise on when not to install gutter guards. We come across many situations where the best form of maintenance and protection is not installation of gutter guards but good old regular cleaning. If gutter guards are installed on tricky to access roofs or high points on homes this make the task of cleaning underneath the gutter guards all the more difficult once they eventually block (and they always do).
Gutter Guards and internal guttering
If you have internal gutter system you should definitely get some advice before installing any gutter guards. Being able to visually check and easily access gutters for cleaning of an internal system is imperative to ensuring the water tightness of your home. Gutter guards can hinder this access.
Please see further information on out gutter cleaning guide under the internal gutter section.
Thanks for reading and as always feel free to contact us for any further information or discuss options for maintaining gutters easily.
0800 777 296