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How Leaf Guard Works | Keep Leaves Out of Your Gutter

Posted on February 25, 2020
By Aussie Gutter Protection
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    Leaves and other debris in your gutter are a big concern, particularly when attempting to preserve your gutters. There are six easy solutions for this issue. All are easily installed and maintained.

    Clip-in guard

    The first system is a metal clip in guard. This simple system has been around for approximately twenty years. It sits flat on the gutter and prevents most leaves from entering the gutter. It works with most roof types and due to its easy installation process is a very affordable option. It’s relatively unobtrusive in appearance from the ground, and the steel means that it’s strong and long-lasting.

    However, it requires regular maintenance, particularly because it sits flat on the gutter, allowing leaves to get stuck. While the leaves won’t be direct. It is also important to note that while the steel is strong, it can and will rust.

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    Gutter Brush sit-in gutter protection

    This is a simple fix to stop leaves from settling at the base of your gutters. Stopping leaves from settling allows for easier cleaning. It’s an open design, leaving the gutter open and the filter sitting inside. It’s great in that it’s not visible from the ground, and its easy installation means that it’s affordable. Although, this cannot be used in valleys and requires removal and reinstallation for every clean. Cleaning must remain regular to maintain the cleanliness and functionality of the gutter.

    Plastic Integrated gutter protection

    The plastic fixed on gutter protection is a popular choice for defending a gutter against debris. The gutter guard is fixed to the roof, meaning it doesn’t need to be regularly removed for maintenance. The ski slope effect means that debris doesn’t fall into the gutter and rolls off from the roof.

    However, the design has been co-opted by other companies, so there are some cheaper copies that may not last as long. Another disadvantage of this prevention method is that it requires professional installation.

    Aluminium Integrated gutter protection

    Based on the same design aspects as the plastic fixed-on gutter protection. Further, being aluminium has taken it a step further by offering a 100% fire-proof screener. Having won an Australian Design Award, it is considered the creme de la creme of the industry. Particularly as it has the highest possible fire rating and can be used in valleys. Similar to the plastic clip on gutter it requires professional installation – however, it is not compatible with copper gutters. It’s best to consult with a professional if you’re not sure whether plastic or aluminium is best for you.

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    Metal hidden gutter protection

    The principal of this design is simple and effective, achieving its aim of little or no maintenance. It accomplishes this by casing the gutter with an exterior box. However, it is bulkier than other methods of gutter protection. It is designed to match most rooves and hides the system of gutter protection. However, it does require the replacement of the guttering system and can be expensive.

    Metal flow-over gutter protection

    This protection is designed to match most rooves. It is easy to repair and with a high level of durability. It allows water to follow a curvature which drips back into the gutter, leaving debris on the top. Although, it’s a relatively new design which means its longevity is yet to be tested.

    If you need any help deciding what type of gutter guard might work best for you please contact us and our team would be more than happy to help.

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