Choosing the best gutter guard for your home is quite the task and requires a lot of research.
When choosing a gutter guard, there are three things that need to be considered: your roof, your gutters, and the surrounding trees. You need to look at your roof’s style, composition, pitch, and age. You also need to determine the condition and adequacy of your existing gutters and downspouts. Finally, and probably most importantly, identifying the proximity, density, and types of trees near your home will have the largest impact on the type of gutter guards your home needs.
There are many interesting gutter guard products on the market, but in reality only a handful do what they say. After 20 years of installing, repairing, and ultimately removing various gutter guard systems, we have attained a knowledge of which guards work and which ones don’t. However, we also have learned that all guards fail eventually with enough time and debris.
This being said, it is our experience that three major elements contribute to long-term functionality of a gutter guard:
- Shed (or Deflection): Any gutter guard installed on existing or new gutters must stay as close to the existing roof pitch as possible. The minimum maintenance-free roof pitch for shingles is 6/12. This roof pitch sheds debris all year long and if the guard coincides closely with that pitch, then debris will have the greatest chance of deflecting off to the ground.
- Water Handling: Heavy downpour conditions can overwhelm a gutter system if downspouts or gutters are not adequate to handle large roof area situations, a correctly-sized gutter pre-evaluation is always necessary before adding any gutter guard to existing gutters. Once guards are added, gutters become hyper-efficient and carry only water so any short fall of the gutter becomes the blame of the guard.
- Serviceability:There is no such thing as a fail-proof gutter guard. All guards have failure rates and they depend on many factors. Getting into the interior of a gutter system years later for service is imperative and doing so quickly and easily is a major money saving aspect.
It is for these reasons that Lifetime Gutter Company has chosen the Phalanx Gutter Guard as our only gutter guard.