Gutter mesh systems are made up of a combination of vinyl stringer that holds the leaf free from the mesh. The mesh forms an invisible, impermeable barrier above the gutter, keeping away leaves, twigs and other debris from entering them. Over-the-garden mesh is usually installed on sloped roofs where additional protection is also provided as the mesh is placed in line with the grade of the roof. In some cases, special gutter guard systems are installed to keep out debris from entering the gutter while the top of the drain is being cleaned or just before the first set of leaves start falling. These systems generally include a retractable leaf guard that has a mesh cover.
It is important to note that gutters with leaf guards are not the only ones that prevent leaves and other debris from entering the gutters. Even if the leaf guards are effective at keeping out the debris, they will fail in the long run if leaves and other debris cannot pass through the gutter mesh. The main reason for this is the weight of the debris that is trying to enter the gutters. Leaves, twigs and other types of debris weigh a lot and in order to get them into the gutters they often have to be carried over the edge of the roof by strong wind currents.
Over time, even with no maintenance, the weight of these various gutter mesh components can strain the gutters and eventually cause them to break. If this happens the result can be disastrous – your home’s foundation can easily crumble if the gutter guard were not properly maintained. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to solve gutter maintenance problems without having to make any major changes to the gutters themselves. In fact, it is possible to clean gutters with little effort and very little expense – cleaning and maintaining your gutters will take less than a minute and will not cost much in terms of money or effort.
As mentioned earlier, there are many reasons why you may wish to install gutter mesh on your own. Perhaps you live on a sloping piece of property and have noticed that the amount of rain that has fallen on your roof has increased over the past few years. This is especially true if you live in a coastal location where the sea is between your house and the roof and where the rain falls on the beach as well as on your roof gutters. Regardless of where you live, the amount of rain that falls on your roof will cause water damage to your home and to your belongings. By installing gutter guards on your roof gutters you can reduce the amount of rain that reaches your baseboards and downpipes.
Installing gutter mesh on your own provides a great deal of peace of mind. Not only is this going to protect your home from leaves and other debris that would otherwise damage your home, but it is also going to reduce the amount of cleaning that you have to do. The less cleaning you have to do, the more time you will be able to spend enjoying your outdoor space. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to install a gutter guard system today.