Everywhere, people who own their own homes are always looking for ways to avoid having to clean their gutters. One way that cleaning gutters is a dangerous and inconvenient DIY project is that you have to climb up on the roof and risk your safety on the ladder.
Companies that make gutter guards, especially those that sell micro mesh gutters, try to use this feeling to sell their products.
Most micro mesh gutters are made of stainless steel and have a netting called “micro mesh” that acts as a filter for your gutters. They are said to work with many different kinds of roofs and be easy to put up. The micro-mesh product is meant to work as a filter by letting water trickle through the mesh and drain out while catching leaves and other debris. This should help keep the gutters from getting clogged, which means you’ll spend less time cleaning the gutters and wondering if they’re clogged.
But micro mesh gutters are not as good as people say they are. Keep an eye out for the four biggest problems that micro mesh gutter guards can cause for your home.
Different Types of Gutter Guards
As you read this article, keep in mind that there are two types of gutter guards: flat and slanted.
- The flat style is placed right on top of the gutter.
- The slanted style tucks the shingles under at a right angle, making an angle that slopes down.
Both products have problems, some of which are unique and some of which are the same. This article will say at the beginning of each section which style we are talking about.
Problem 1: Gutter Guards Either Clog or Overcorrect
If you think gutter guards will keep you from ever having to clean your gutters again, you’re wrong. Even though gutter guards say they will keep your gutters clean and worry-free, they aren’t a sure thing.
Because the gutter guard is not set at an angle, the flat style naturally collects more debris. This makes it harder for the wind to blow and for the debris to fall off because of gravity.
The slant of the tucked style can make problems, like when the water doesn’t get into the gutter at all because it doesn’t go in the right direction. This overcorrection takes away from the main purpose of gutters, which is to move water away from your foundation and down the gutter.
Problem 2: Weight Problems With Micro Mesh
Keep in mind that “micro meshes” are very thin, as their name suggests. When the debris piles up too much for the gutter guard to handle, the system can collapse and cause damage to the gutter.
If the debris falls through the gutter guard, you haven’t solved the problem you were trying to solve.
In fact, you’ve made the problem worse because you’re now trying to clean your gutters through a micro mesh that is broken or has fallen apart.
Problem 3: Variables
Even though this isn’t necessarily a problem with the micro mesh gutter guard itself, it is something to think about if you’re thinking about putting them on your home. When you install a micro mesh gutter guard, there can be unintended results like:
- A mouse or some other animal is chewing through your mesh.
- When a bird landed on the micro mesh, it broke it.
- A rock getting kicked or thrown on your roof by accident, damages the micro mesh.
We should be worried that people don’t think this product will last long. Remember that your gutter guards are outside and can get damaged by the weather.
Problem 4: Material Matters
We’ve already talked about how most micro mesh gutters are made of stainless steel. Even though that is true, it doesn’t mean that all gutter guards are made of stainless steel. Some of them can also be made of plastic.
Plastic gutter guards don’t fit gutters as well as ones made of stainless steel, and they can get in the way of asphalt, oils, and dirt that fall off the roof. This can cause the gutter guards to break down faster or make the gutters very dirty and sludgy.
Plastic gutter guards are not the way to go if you are set on getting them. Just because they last longer than plastic, stainless steel micro mesh gutters are better than plastic, but gutter guards should be avoided at all costs.
Last but not least, you should think about how much gutter guards cost and if they really save you money in the long run. Gutter Guards can cost up to $6,000 for the average home, and if you compare that to the average cost of a gutter cleaning service, it will take you about 17 years to get your money back. This is assuming you don’t have any big problems with the gutter guards, you don’t move, and you don’t change your mind in the next 17 years.
In the end, gutter guards aren’t worth all the trouble they cause. We don’t recommend using gutter guards because they are fragile, the environment can damage them, and they don’t give you much for your money. Having a professional service clean your gutters is safer, cheaper, and much more reliable than doing it yourself.
Call us at (919) 646-5009 if you’re still not sure. At Fuquay Varina Gutter Cleaning, we are happy to give you a free quote for alternatives to micro mesh gutter guards that will keep your gutters clean. To find out more about gutter cleaning and gutter guards, you can also get a free quote online.gutter