Gutter screens, sometimes also referred to as gutter guards, refer to mesh or a similar installation that is installed over the top of your gutters. They allow water to pass through, but will block leaves, sticks and other pieces of debris from entering your gutter system and downspouts. This unique function of gutter screens provides a number of distinct advantages to your roof and home: understanding what gutter screens have to offer can help you decide if installing them on your gutter system is the right fit for your needs.
Reduced Roof and Siding Wear
Since debris won't be able to cause clogs within your gutters or downspouts, water will be able to properly flow away from your roof instead of accumulating at the edge of your roof or overflowing and splashing against the siding. Both types of improper drainage can increase the amount of wear that the exterior of your home experiences and can make water damage and mold growth behind your walls and in your ceiling much more likely. Gutter screens will prevent this from happening, helping you save both time and money on repair costs in the future.
Protect Against Foundation Damage
In a very similar vein to the above point, the fact that water will not overflow from the sides of your gutters if they have gutter screens installed on them will also help protect your basement and foundation from potential damage. Water that floods your basement can cause extensive damage to your belongings, and water that seeps into your foundation can cause cracking, shifting, and all sorts of other issues that can have very real structural implications for the rest of your home, including cracking ceilings, door frames, and windows.
Reduced Roof and Gutter Maintenance
Finally, one of the largest advantages associated with rain gutter screens is the reduced amount of maintenance and cleaning that you will have to perform to keep your gutters and downspouts in good working order. You won't have to spend as much time up on a ladder working your way through muck that's managed to accumulate, and any debris that does manage to make it into your gutters will be relatively light and easily removed. This will also reduce the amount of physical stress that your gutters and downspouts experience, reducing the risk of a leak developing and helping to extend their lifespan, further saving you money on home exterior repair and maintenance.Share