The Benefits of a Leaf Protection System

by Matt Solis


Many things can affect the functionality of your house’s gutters, but the most common issue is a buildup of fallen leaves. When gutters are full of debris, they can no longer effectively divert rainwater and instead start to overflow, which can cause them to corrode and bow under the weight of the water. Keeping your gutters free of debris typically involves getting on a ladder and removing leaves and twigs, either by hand-scooping them or flushing them out with a hose. You can hire a roof maintenance professional to do this for you, but there’s another option that will prevent debris buildup from happening in the first place.

Leaf protection systems (also known as “gutter guards”) can make gutter maintenance a thing of the past. The concept is relatively simple: A house’s gutters are covered all the way around with vent-like guards that block falling debris, which enables them to function to their full potential. The smaller the size of the vent holes, the less debris is allowed to enter the gutters. Gutter guards can also be easily removed and put back in place, which greatly simplifies the cleaning and maintenance process.

Because they’re self-sustaining, leaf protection systems make it possible for homeowners to literally forget about their gutters and not experience any negative repercussions. In addition to their convenience, they’re also cost-effective—you can usually recoup your investment after two to three years of non-maintenance. Talk to your local gutter installer or hardware supplier to find out which leaf protection product is right for your home. Before making a decision, consider factors like the type of debris that typically falls on your roof, the type of roof you have and how much you want to spend.

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