Do Gutter Guards Really Work?

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Do Gutter Guards Really Work?

Twice a year, you pull out the ladder, put on your gloves, and clean out your gutters to rid it of dirty, decomposing leaves and other debris. Not only is it tiring, but depending on the size of your home, it can take up an entire Saturday as well. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something to eliminate this time-consuming, seasonal chore?

Well, actually, there is. Gutter guards, or gutter covers depending on who you talk to, are surprisingly effective at keeping gutters and downspouts free and clear of debris. However, proper installation is required to utilize your gutter guards to their full potential.

If you’d rather head to the lake, watch football, or go shopping than climb up and down your ladder for hours on end, a gutter system with guards or covers can save the day. The right guards installed by the right home remodeling contractors will help keep your roofing intact and your gutters working as they should. If you are interested in saving time and money with gutters and downspouts, keep reading to learn more or contact us now for a quote!

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Importance of Keeping Your Gutters and Downspouts Free of Debris With Leaf Guards

Whether you have an older gutter system or new seamless gutters, keeping your home’s gutters free of leaves, twigs, and other debris is a must if you want to avoid a leaky roof and costly repairs. Since they’re designed to collect rainwater from roofs and divert it down and away from homes, they help homeowners avoid many issues, including:

  • Water and mold damage
  • Foundation damage
  • Flooded basement
  • Cracked structures, and more!

For these serious reasons and plenty more, your home needs the right type of leaf guard. At Eagle Building Solutions, we offer superior leaf guards to keep your gutters clear and free of debris.

leaves clogging a gutter guard on residential home

How Gutter Covers Work

Like all things in life, some gutter guards and covers are better for your home than others. Here’s the rundown on six basic types found on the market today:


Reverse Curve / Helmeted Guards – Reverse curve gutter guards are designed to direct water flow down into gutter systems via small slots in the vertical face. Leaves and debris, however, are encouraged to keep on falling or blowing down to the ground.


Mesh – A mesh gutter guard is simply a mesh sheet that attaches to your roof’s shingles and covers the gutter. The small holes sift out debris and let water flow right through. While they work well, mesh covers aren’t the most durable and often need to be replaced every other season.


Bottle Brush – Bottle brush guards are essentially large pipe cleaners. They feature tons of brush-like bristles that collect debris as it falls. When the bristles are faced upright, water flows into the gutter downspout while debris gathers on top.


Vinyl Guards – Vinyl guards are designed to fit right into your gutter without the need to attach them to your roofing shingles. Water enters the guard through several recessed slots. The recessed slots tend to fill with debris over time and limit the amount of water entering the system.


Foam – A foam guard is similar to a swimming pool noodle. It’s a long tube constructed of a plastic material that sits right inside of your gutter. While this may seem like an attractive option due to the simplicity and ease of use, the water flow isn’t as smooth.


Louvre – If you like the idea of seamless gutters, or better yet, no gutter at all, a louvre system may be right for you. They feature thin louvres that effectively divert rain off of roofs, thus removing the need for traditional gutter systems and guards.

At Eagle Building Solutions, we supply both gutters and gutter parts to our Lancaster County clients. To meet with our knowledgeable staff and view our gutter covers in person, visit our Lititz location today!

DIY vs. Professional Gutter Guards

Regardless of which type of leaf gutter guards you choose, you’ll still have to choose whether or not you want to tackle the project yourself or contact a professional to get the job done right.

At Eagle Building Solutions, we have a team of experienced gutter and downspout installation experts that can install your gutter guards with ease. We offer affordable pricing for all our home improvement services!

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man replacing gutter guards on residential home

Professional Gutter Guard Installation

The best gutter guards and covers are the ones installed by professional contractors like Eagle Building Solutions. These systems are more durable, more efficient, and perform better than their DIY counterparts. They also come with warranties and peace of mind knowing each gutter of your home is protected and working exactly as it should. Visit our showroom today or contact us to find the gutter guard that’s right for your home!

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