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How to Avoid Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning the gutter system on your house is one of the worst chores you have to complete as a home owner. Not only is it dangerous, but it is time consuming and a little gross. In addition, you need lots of different gutter cleaning tools. What I there was a way to avoid this chore altogether? The truth is that there is a way and that is to install gutter guards. Gutter guards are systems that keep debris from getting into the gutters in the first place. Therefore, you never need to clean them out. You might need to occasionally move things that cover the holes, but that is much less significant than cleaning out entire gutter systems.

There are several different types of gutter guards to choose from. Some gutter guard systems are nothing more than some mesh covering the top of the gutters. If you decide to use this variety then you need to be careful when selecting the mesh size. If the holes are too big, then you will still let some debris in to the gutter system. In this case, cleaning the gutters might be even harder because you need to remove the gutter guards in order to clean.

Another type of gutter guard is one like the Amerimax gutter guard where there is a small slit at the outer most edge of the guard to let water fall back into the gutters while debris runs off the side of the house. These gutter guards work on a principle known as water adhesion. As water and debris make their way down the roof and to the very edge of the gutter guard, the leaves and twigs will fall off the edge. Because of the properties of water, the rain adheres to the edge of the gutter guard for a heartbeat longer and then travels slightly backward on the underside of the gutter guard and then into the gutter system.

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