Gutter Protection 101
This page was designed to answer some of the more common questions associated with gutter protection and to review some of the products that are available. As with anything, there are pro's and con's. If I do not happen to touch on your particular concern or topic, please feel free to contact the Gutter Protection-Hotline with your questions or concerns.
Always ask alot of questions and remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
I will start by saying that any high level gutter protection is useless without a solid foundation, ( the gutter system ). To often I find gutter protection with less than realistic warranties being placed on gutters that will not last a couple of years at best. This is often due to: (1) companies with little or no experience in the gutter business jumping into the gutter protection arena, or (2) commissioned sales representatives lacking basic fundamental knowledge and having no installation experience. The importance of your gutter system being inspected or replaced by a qualified proffessional specializing in the field should be placed very high.
Next we will go over a little gutter protection 101, explaining the theory and principle relied on to make the reverse curve or rounded lip gutter cover work. The primary principle relied upon is a principle called surface tension or water adhesion.
The Reversre Curve rounded lip style of gutter cover. Undoubtedly the most saturated style of gutter cover. This style of solid gutter cover was the first warranteed product introduced, and as I am sure you know, many would follow.
This style of gutter protection is easy to copy and many companies have and will continue to do so. Along with the big price associated with this gutter cover comes the big claim, never clean your gutters again. Close examination of this phrase will lead you to the conclusion that this could be said while nothing was placed on your gutter system.This style of gutter cover will not keep everything out of your gutter system and as the pictures below illustrate could lead to roof problems that were caused by the installation of this product.
This product in most cases installs under the second bank of roofing shingles and even with a perfect installation on standard 3 and 1 roofing shingles, water will be trapped where it should not be. This type of cover installation may give cause for your roofing contractor to void your roofing warranty. Ask the company you are considering if they have had complaints of this nature or if they have had claims brought against them involving the roof.
This gutter cover was a popular knock-off . This product installs under the first row of roof shingles and I am sure was intended to address the installation problems associated with the introductory rounded lip style of gutter cover. While accomplishing there installation objectives a new problem arose. Inorder for this style of gutter cover to handle the water run off properly it had to be backed off of the gutter lip a 1/4 inch leaving a gap that will allow small debri to enter the gutter system. According to the mfg. of this gutter cover this small debri will be washed away with normal rain fall.
Even if the mfg. could make it rain every time debri entered the gutter system, and the largest downspouts available were installed, this gutter cover would fail in a highly congested area. This style off gutter cover will not make it through 2 years in a highly congested area. The mfg. puts a 5 year product satisfaction warranty on this product and you will need it. This gutter cover may also magnify any iceing problems you may be experiencing, contrary to mfg claims.
Here we have a product that is offered by a window company that suddenly decided they wanted to be in the gutter business. This company puts a 30 year warranty on this product. This product has multi functions, if it does not work out in your gutters you can use it in the garden for erosion control ( its intended purpose ) HA! HA!. I am quessing that you will not find this all that funny after you have spent big money on this product. If I thought for a second that this product was worth bringing to your door step , it would be priced at about 2 dollars per foot, not 20.
Watch Out For These Companies
They will be targeting the older generation and there presentation will be pressure packed with a must sign now theme.
When it comes to gutter protection, there is not a product out there that is going to keep you 100% happy, 100% of the time, and no,not even the gutter protection that we carry . You must know this going into the process and you must also know that alll gutter protection is not created equal.
Many companies simply see an opportunity for making money and that is all, they do not know the gutter business or the gutter protection business. Over the years we have gained valuble knowledge about when and where different types of gutter protection will be effective and if gutter protection will be of benefit at all.
We have recommended no gutter protection many times, how many companies can make that claim. Yes, the cat is out of the bag, in my opinion there are many houses that should not have gutter protection installed at all (for various reasons).
Manufacturers of the gutter protection products are simply trying to sell there gutter protection, most often leaving the products short comings to be figured out by the company carrying the product and the customers at a later date.
We routinely toss gutter protection samples sent to us by various manufacturers in the garbage, we can tell you that fast, where it will and won"t work, where it will have trouble and why, it's installation hang ups, and how long, if at all, it will really be effective for you.
Thanks for your time, and sleep well, we do !!!!
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