When I was looking for a DIY gutter guard, the first thing that came to mind was whether or not they would hold up. I have watched several TV programs and read several online reviews of these products. The consensus seems to be that they do work, but there is an issue with them that people are not aware of. Many people quickly buy a screen guttering system at the local Home Depot or Lowes store and install it themselves. However, before spending time and money on something that will fall apart in a year or two, you should take a little more time to research the product.
DIY gutter guard systems purchased from significant box stores such as Lowes usually aren’t constructed to last very long. These flimsy little gutter protectors are cheap and won’t hold up over time. DIY screen gutter guards from Lowes aren’t completely watertight and can often feature significant gaps or holes that let debris, leaves, and clog easily. If you live in an area where it can be freezing in the winter, you might also consider investing in a solar light to light your gutters to keep them from getting blocked completely.
There are many pros and cons of these systems. One of the biggest pros is that they don’t require you to spend large amounts of money on a brand new system. Another pro is that they fit inside gutters well, so there is no chance of them cascading down. The cons of these DIY gutter guard systems are that they don’t protect your roof as well as regular guttering and might not cover all of your roof areas. Also, since they aren’t entirely as secure and cost more money, you need to be extra careful when cleaning them to ensure nothing gets in or gets stuck.
Installing these guards can be a little tricky, but it’s worth doing if you have the money. Typically, you have to purchase the guard parts separately and then install them yourself using a video. You need to be sure that the mounting spot on your roof is level and that the foam is securely placed onto your roof. You also need to be sure that the guard fits inside your gutter hole properly because if it doesn’t, the foam may collapse back out over time and ruin your gutters. The easiest installation method of foam gutter guard systems is to fit them inside your existing guttering. However, if you need to move them because of environmental concerns or structural issues, you can buy new ones that will fit inside your gutters with no problems at all.
Installing these guards is similar to installing any other type of guttering system, and there are two basic types: the traditional guard, which screws directly into the side of the roof, and the leaf filter, which has brackets and loops for a strap or handle to connect to the bottom of the gutters. Leaf Filters are easier to install, especially since they only have one piece that needs to be attached to the roof. They usually come in a single colour, making them more aesthetically pleasing, but they cost more than the traditional style. The classic style is probably best if you have old gutters since it will give you the most longevity.