Problems With Gutter Guards

Gutters prevent water from penetrating the house and causing dampness by catching and directing rainwater away from the structure.

Birds

Gutter guards vary in design.Gutter guards vary in design.
Open gutters, however, attract debris, leaves and ice, necessitating gutter guard protection as a solution. Gutter guards are coverings positioned across the top of the gutter to stop the collection of foreign objects that cause blockages. Mostly, this protection is effective but there are also problems associated with using them.

Some types of gutter guards are made of mesh or angle upward to deflect leaves and snow. This is a problem for small birds that can become lodged beneath the guard after seeking protection, comfort or a nesting spot. To prevent this problem, opt for lock-on gutter guards which are secured to the edge of the roof or gutter, and consequently lie flat. Birds will find it much more difficult to seek refuge in the gutter since there are no gaps to squeeze through.

Installation

The installation of gutter guards varies in difficulty and time, depending on their design. Because gutters edge the roof of your house, you'll need a long ladder and comfort with heights to perform the installation. If you are not able to install the guard yourself, you may also have to pay for a professional installation. Do-it-yourself installation may require that you slide the edge of the guard beneath the lip of your roof, which requires a certain degree of skill.

Ice

Although most gutter guards are designed to dispel snow, ice can be an issue when the snow melts. For example, if snow drops onto a mesh gutter guard it spreads out and melts into droplets. These are more likely to freeze and create a slippery layer of ice. This is problematic if the gutter guard is above a walkway, or if icicles form between joins and cause cracking.

Leaks in the Roof

Dispersal system gutter guards and solid metal coverings often fit to the roof quite closely, instead of simply locking into place. Inexperienced homeowners who have fitted these guards could create leaks inside the roof. The edge of the guard could easily be positioned incorrectly and disturb roof tiles, allowing water to seep into the home. To prevent this from occurring, a thorough understanding of how the guard is fitted, using the right equipment and taking precaution are all necessary.

About the Author

Verity Jones is an English literature graduate who has been writing for over five years. Her work has been featured in local publications, national parenting magazines and online portals such as You and Your Family, and Mum Plus One. Jones holds a qualification in interior design.