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The Benefits of a Leaf Protection System for Your Gutters

The gutters and downspouts at the edges of the roof on your home are important for conveying water off the roof and away from the foundation. Unfortunately, all gutters are infamous for collecting outdoor and seasonal debris such as dirt, twigs, fall leaves, and bird’s nests, requiring at least an annual cleaning.

Who wouldn’t want to avoid the chore of setting up a ladder and clambering to the roof’s edge to scoop leaves into a bucket or tarp spread on the ground below? A great, cost efficient and labor-saving alternative to clogged gutters is professional installation of a leaf protection system on your home’s entire gutter system.

Many style and material choices are on the market today, and Kulp Roofing & Construction, Inc. can help in recommending what system will work best for your particular situation and budget. Many leaf guard systems are installed when a house is built, but an older home can be retrofitted with a protection system on existing gutters if they are in good shape (i.e., properly secured to the house, are not rusted through and are directing rainwater away from roof and foundation).

The benefits of a leaf protection system are many including:

Reducing the difficulty and frequency of cleaning. Most uncovered gutters must be cleaned at least annually. Leaf guards can cut the time frame to five years or even more saving you time, aggravation, labor, and money.

Stopping the overflow of water during a storm or rainy season. When gutters are clogged with debris, they cannot do their primary job of diverting water away from the foundation and landscape below. Water pooling along a foundation can cause basement damage over time, and excessive water in a garden or lawn attracts wasps, mosquitoes and other insects that love puddles and mud as the perfect breeding ground.

Reducing rust and decay. When metal or wooden gutters gather water-soaked debris, they deteriorate more quickly. Leaf guards protect gutter systems against rust and rot. In addition, wet vegetation gets heavy and can bend gutters out of shape and even pull them away from the house.

Protecting against fire. In dry climates, gutters that have trapped a lot of debris are fires just waiting to happen. Even the embers from a charcoal barbecue can float through the air setting crispy dry leaves and twigs ablaze.

Delivering clean, collected water. Some environmentally conscious homeowners collect rainwater in barrels. The run-off from gutters with leaf guards is much cleaner than rainwater from an unprotected system.

Leaf guards come in various styles and varieties. From spongy and mesh materials – to plastic and granular covered metal materials there are many styles and applications that are sure to fit your home’s gutter system.

They all allow the rainwater to pass into and through the gutter, but leaves, seeds, and other materials sit on top of the guard system. And, when looking to sell your home they can add value, as prospective homebuyers love low maintenance exteriors. Quality leaf guards can be a great selling point because they protect the home’s exterior and foundation and save on time and money spent on routine outdoor chores


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