What Is a Gutter Cover & Why Do I Need One?

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A gutter cover, also known as a gutter guard or a gutter grate, is a covering installed on the top of your gutters. It has an opening, usually a slit or a mesh-like web of holes, that allows water to pour off of the roof and enter the gutter while blocking large bits of debris. Basically, gutter covers help keep your gutters from getting clogged with leaves, needles, twigs and other annoying bits that can cause damage to your roof.

These covers come in a variety of different materials (nylon, metal, and plastic are common choices) as well as a number of different styles. Each type of gutter cover has its own advantages in different climates. If you have a Georgia house near any trees or tall bushes, then you consider gutter protection like these covers!

Clogged Gutter

Gutter Guard and Cover Advantages

  • Cleaning benefits: Whether you hire a professional to help clean your gutters or tackle the project yourself (gutters should be cleaned about twice a year), cleaning gutters can be an expensive and time-consuming process. A gutter cover cuts down on the debris that gets in your gutters, making the cleaning process much easier. Without those decaying leaves and other bits of debris forming thick gunk at the bottom of your gutters, cleaning is more effective and a whole lot faster – silt and dust will still build up, but a guard can make a big difference.
  • Moisture damage prevention: When leaves pile up in your gutters, they can eventually get clogged and start spilling over. This is dangerous for the edge of your roof and for your upper siding. Constant exposure to moisture like this can lead to rot and leaks, which can require extensive repairs. The right gutter guard will prevent clogs and help avoid this type of moisture damage.
  • Pest control: Debris building up in your gutters tend to attract pests— from birds looking to build nests to insects that may damage your roofing materials. A gutter cover helps prevent build-up and pest access that leads to these problems.
  • Snow protection: Cabins and high-elevation houses may experience snow that lingers for days or longer. When snow fills your gutters, it can eventually back up and start pressing against your shingles, driving moisture up underneath the shingles where it can damage your underlayment and more. Gutter guards can be designed to encourage snow to easily slide off instead of building up in your gutters and causing this situation.

Leaves and Gutter

Additional Considerations

Choosing the right type of gutter cover is important! Some curves have specific curves designed to help leaves slide off instead of remaining and blocking the grate. Covers with openings that are too small can become blocked or overwhelmed, causing your gutters not to work at all. Pick the right type of cover for your area, based on how much debris your gutters encounter. Not sure where to begin? Findlay Roofing can help you find the right covers for your house.

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