Leaf guards, also known as gutter guards, are an excellent investment to protect your home and your gutters. But do they help in winter? The answer is, “Yes!” Of course, like any tool, they need to be properly installed and maintained to work correctly. If they aren’t, they can lead to problems of their own. Let us help you make sure you get all of the benefits of leaf guards in winter.
Leaf Guards in Winter – What You Need to Know
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to leaf guards in winter. These include:
1. They prevent debris from clogging your gutters.
One of the biggest reasons why gutters rip away from homes is because they clog and freeze. A clogged gutter can fill up with water and freeze over. If enough debris and/or ice accumulate, it can be too much for the fasteners and the whole thing can tear off.
Leaf guards keep the debris out of the gutters so they don’t get a chance to clog. That’s a big help during the winter months.
2. Leaf guards can freeze over – so you need to pick the right leaf guard and installer.
Not all leaf guards are well-made for freezing temperatures. Some are very prone to freezing over and clogging in icy conditions. Fortunately, there are other leaf guards designed for these kinds of conditions. The right leaf guard will do a better job of shedding snow, water, and ice so that the gutter continues to drain properly.
3. It can be beneficial to install an ice melt system with the leaf guard.
The best combination for some homes is leaf guards and an ice melt system – including heat tape inside of the gutters. If there is a serious risk of the gutter system freezing over even with leaf guards, you can add an ice melt system to the actual gutters. With an ice melt system on the roof and in the gutters, and with leaf guards, you are prepared for anything the winter might bring.
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We appreciate the challenges you face when it comes to protecting your home. We want you to know that we are here to help you overcome those challenges. Our team can deliver a customized solution to protect your gutters in the harshest weather.
Let us help you determine the right system for your needs. Please give us a call at (801) 676-1048 or complete our free online contact form to get in touch with one of our team members. We offer free bids, so you can speak to a gutter expert at no cost to you. Schedule an appointment and we will apply our knowledge and resources to help you protect your home.
We look forward to assisting you.