There are many different types of leaf filter guards available to choose from to protect your house. Understandably, with all the options out there on the market, it can be hard for a homeowner to pick just one. In this blog post, LF Waterproofing explains the differences between various types of leaf filter guards and what to consider when choosing one for your property.
Mesh or screen leaf filter guards have small holes in them that allow water to run through to prevent debris such as leaves, small tree branches and other objects from getting into the gutter and blocking the water flow. These are considered one of the best leaf free gutter guards available, as they’re affordable and simple to install.
However, these guards do have some disadvantages. Once they’ve been removed from the gutters, they can’t be reinstalled or reused, as they incur damage when removed. Because these meshes can’t hold heavy debris, they can also become deformed or get holes in them that let debris through.
Slit-type leaf filter guards provide complete protection and are installed over rain gutters. The cover hangs over the gutter, with at least one opening to allow water to flow into the gutters while guiding debris to fall over the sides. These gutter guards are ideal for regions that experience snow or light to moderate rainfall.
Unfortunately, slit-type gutter guards aren’t suitable for areas that regularly experience heavy rainfall (i.e. 7.5 or more millimetres of rain falling within an hour), as the slit isn’t big enough to handle this amount of water flowing from the roof, causing waterfalls at the edge of the gutters. Leaves are also prone to covering the slits, preventing water from getting into the gutters.
If you need help finding the right leaf free gutter guard for your roof gutters, the LF Waterproofing team can provide the assistance you need. Call 0406 268 119 today to speak to our qualified contractors.