With all of the live oak trees that are so prevalent throughout Northeast Florida, it’s understandable that homeowners want gutter covers for their seamless gutters that will actually work. Everybody has seen the infomercials, or heard a sales pitch claiming, “maintenance free gutter guards”, or “never clean your gutters again”. We at AA Gutter Services like to set realistic expectations with our customers. Installing gutter guards, or gutter covers on your seamless gutters will certainly provide value and minimize the amount of gutter cleaning required to maintain your homes complete seamless gutter system, BUT there is no 100% solution. It does not exist.
All gutter covers or gutter guards will require some maintenance, just like any other aspect of a home. Debris can and will build up on top of the gutter guards, but that’s where AA Gutter Services comes back into action (contact us about our gutter cleaning programs). Having gutter covers or gutter guards certainly cuts down on the maintenance, and where customers really see benefit to the installation is that the covers prevent the downspouts from clogging. It also prevents the gutters fully filling with debris, which will add a substantial amount of weight to your gutter system and cause undue strain on the hangers affixing the seamless gutters to your home.
Another reason you may want to consider installing gutter guards or gutter covers on your home is to prevent the clogging of underground drainage systems. If your gutter system is connected to an underground drainage system (specifically a corrugated system), and you have tree coverage over your home, you should strongly consider installing gutter guards or gutter covers. Once the underground drains get clogged with debris that washes through the gutters, it is often very difficult to reestablish flow through the drainage system.
Gutter guards are for helping you maintain your seamless gutter system and your drainage system, however they are not 100% maintenance free. Contact us today to have a free consultation with one of our experts on the best gutter guard solution for your seamless gutter system!