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Do Gutter Covers Work?

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Not everyone enjoys cleaning their gutters. Let’s face it. Very few people relish the task.

We homeowners all do, however, need to keep our gutters unclogged.

What do you do if you hate cleaning your gutters? One option is to hire someone else to do it. Most roofing contractors in Cincinnati offer gutter cleaning service. Another option to reduce your time with your gutters is to install some gutter covers.

For those new to the world of gutter covers, here is a little overview.

The goal and guiding concept with all of these products, of course, is to keep debris out of your gutter spouts.

Here are four approaches.

  1. Mesh Gutter Cover

The mesh on these covers is made of either metal or plastic. The mesh lets water pass through, while keeping out larger pieces of debris like leaves, branches, and twigs. It functions like a colander for your gutter. The water goes through, but the mesh catches the pasta – or, in this case, the mesh catches the muck and garbage that might otherwise clog up your gutter. Of course, the mesh can get clogged. The thinking goes, though, that it is easier to get plant matter and muck out of mesh than it is to dig it out of the gutter with your own hands. It requires a bit of work, still, but may make your life easier.

  1. Lattice Gutter Cover

The same thinking applies with a lattice cover. It sounds fancier, because lattice is like lace, and people wear lace. But the approach is merely to catch the gunk in the lattice rather than letting it gum up the gutter. Hopefully the lattice does not get clogged – but, if it does, usually the water can flow to another part of the latticework that still allows liquid to pass through.

  1. Adhesion Gutter Cover

These covers are solid, with an opening on the bottom side to let water pass through. Since the opening is shielded from above, almost no debris can pass through the adhesion cover. The idea is the water will stick to the smooth cover and then flow under it via that small opening. However, if you have heavy rainfall, then it can be too much for the adhesion cover to handle. Big downpours can simply flow over the cover, and run down the side of your house. The water goes down to the ground, missing the gutter entirely, but this may not be what you want.

  1. Foam Gutter Inserts

You put these foam inserts into the gutter. Water can flow through the foam, but debris cannot. It’s basically like a lattice cover or a mesh cover, but with solid, porous foam rather than a pattern. The foam inserts can still get clogged, but at least the debris is not getting into the gutter. That said, these foam inserts have the same issue as adhesion covers – that is, if too much rain is coming down at once, then it is more water than the foam can handle, and the downpour simply flows over the gutter’s edge rather than filtering through the foam.