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About Rain Gutters And Gutter Guards

by Perry Chapman

Rainwater that falls directly off your roof can cause many problems around your home. Below, you'll be introduced to some of these problems. Also, you'll learn how rain gutters help, as well as why rain gutters should have gutter guards installed on them. Here's more information on these things.

Rainwater can cause problems for the home and areas around it

When the rain falls from the roof, it will eventually cause the soil around the home's foundation to erode, and this can result in damage to the foundation. If the foundation gets bad enough, then it can affect the integrity of the home itself. The rainwater can also expose the roots of vegetation, causing it to die. 

Rain gutters protect the home and vegetation

When rain gutters are installed, they capture the rain as it runs off the roof. Then, the water gets taken to the downspouts, where the water gets released into a drainage area. This takes the rainwater away from the house and the vegetation. 

The gutters can get clogged

Rain gutters are open by design. This means more than just rainwater can go into them. Also, leaves, twigs, and other debris can also end up in them. This can create blockages. When the gutters get blocked, it prevents them from working properly and the rainwater will end up spilling over the sides of the gutters. Gutter guards can be installed on the gutters to prevent them from clogging. 

How gutter guards prevent clogged rain gutters 

One of the best decisions you can make when it comes to your gutters is to have gutter guards installed on them. There are different types of gutter guards available, but they all work to achieve the same goal, and that is to keep them free of debris. The gutter guards cover the gutters in a way that lets water get in, but not larger things. This way, the rainwater will always be able to flow through them. 

Some examples of the types of rain gutters you can choose from include screen, mesh, micro-mesh, and brush rain gutters, to name a few. They can also be made from different types of materials such as copper, aluminum, galvanized steel, and vinyl. Once you have gutter guards in place, you can enjoy having more peace of mind regarding the condition of your gutters. You also won't have to have them maintained nearly as often.

For more information on gutter guards, contact a professional near you.