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If you own a
home and have rain gutters, you know firsthand what a chore it can
be to keep them clean. Unless you have teenagers living at home
you'll have to clean gutters out yourself or find another way.
Well, for many homeowners that other solution is with gutter
Having gutter covers put on your rain gutters can go a long way
in keeping out the leaves, twigs, pine needles and other debris and
keep the channel flowing.
What are gutter covers?
These covers are either a screen or a solid covering that fits
right on top of your existing gutter system. They allow the water
in, but keep the debris out.
What types work best?
Choosing the right type of gutter cover really comes down to your
budget. If you are looking for the least expensive route, a gutter
screen is your best option. These screens are cut to fit the length
of your gutter and easily attach over it.
For those with a higher budget you can buy systems such as
Gutter Helmet, Rainhandle R or PermFlow Gutter Guard System to name
just a few.
These gutter systems have proven effective, but they can cost
upwards of $15-$20 a foot installed. Gutter Helmet is one system
that must be professionally installed. They do not allow you to
What are the drawbacks?
Any cover can still have problems at times, Gutter screens can
still become clogged and cause problems while other systems can
become loose over the course of time, although this is not the
All in all, installing gutter covers on your roof's guttering
system has many more positives than negatives. If you want to spend
less time on a wobbly ladder and more time doing other things, then
they are well worth looking into.