Gutters & Eavestroughs made just that easy! - March 22nd 2013
When you are considering the various gutter (for those of the in the East they are referred to as eavestroughs) options, you also should consider how you are going to control the leaves and debris entering your gutter or downspout system.
Gutters and downspouts perform a function of funneling water down and away from your foundation or basement walls. This system is a main line of defense in protecting a house from the harsh elements of rain, snow and ice. They should be kept free of leaves and other debris to ensure they are doing the job they are meant to do. To ensure proper operation, inspect and clean gutters/eavestroughs and downspouts at least twice a year. Safety Note: When using ladders always ensure that you use “ladder stand offs” for safe usage.
There are several leaf and debris control systems that filter leaves and debris from entering your downspout however, with all the different products available, choosing the system that is effective can be confusing.
Fast flow "V" shaped funnels are installed to open the gutter/eavestrough leading to the down pipe two to four times bigger than the normal 2 inch or 2x3 inch size on standard gutters at the top of the down pipe. This allows for a higher flow rate which is a good thing as the faster the water drains, the more debris it can carry through the downpipes.
Drain Guards: They are installed about three feet above the ground and are designed to catch the last small debris pieces and allow the water to run through into the drain. They are easily cleaned by simply sliding out the basket and removing the small pieces of debris. As it is only three feet above ground level, people of all ages and abilities can easily clean it out without the need to use a ladder.
Gutter Grates attach to the top of the gutter sit flush with the roof to deflect debris that would normally be blown into the gutters. Two types of grates are used, namely vinyl and aluminum. The aluminum grate will cover an existing or a new gutter, and can be made to fit any type of gutters/eavestroughs, including hidden gutters.
One piece seamless gutters/eavestroughs systems: These systems keep the debris out while letting the rain go into the gutters/eavestroughs. They are made of much heavier aluminum, professionally installed and are a permanent solution that saves homeowners from paying to have their gutters/eavestroughs professionally cleaned. There are no seams except at corners and downspouts which means there is a lesser chance of leaks.