Does Gutter Protection Really Work?

Yes, gutter protection works if you plan it well.  Here’s a short list of what to consider before buying gutter protection.

  • Tree types
  • Tree species
  • Roof Slope
  • Climate Zone

Sometimes a salesman will come into your house and show you one product that is supposed to work in all cases.  The reality is that there are many variables that a homeowner should consider before installing a gutter protection.   Let’s explore the different variables.

Tree Types:  There are two types of trees — deciduous and conifers.  Deciduous are typical broad leaf trees like oaks and maples but it also includes smaller leaves like locusts and hemlocks.  Conifers include pine and spruce trees but also include ewes.

Tree Species:  Oaks and maples have broad leaves.  Conifers and small leaf trees like locusts and hemlocks will sometimes drop through some gutter protection products.

Roof Slope:  Steep roofs render some gutter protection products useless.  Will the water skate right over the top during heavy rains will depend on what system you choose.

Climate Zone:  Some gutter protection will expand excessively in extreme heat and extreme cold seasons.  This can create buckling.  Other gutter protection conducts cold and can lead to excessive icicles.  Still others break down quickly with a combination of UV rays and seasonal extremes.  In those cases, gutter protection can actually contribute toward clogs.

Whichever gutter protection system you choose, it is important to understand that places in the northern zone, like Wisconsin, have big variables with what gutter protection works.  Consider the 4 factors above and you’ll be more apt to make a great decision.


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