Gutter guards are a distinct roofing installation that are designed to reduce the overall amount of maintenance that you will have to perform throughout the year. The general function of gutter guards is to provide a physical barrier that keeps leaves, twigs, and all other forms of physical debris out of your gutters, allowing water to properly drain off your roof and through your gutter system, preventing basement flooding, foundation damage, and roofing leaks which can be expensive and complicated to fix. However, there are a variety of different types of gutter guards on the market, each of which works in a slightly different way. Understanding the differences between the available types of gutter guards can help you choose the best one for your gutter system's needs.
Mesh screens are one of the most common gutter guards available on the market, largely due to their affordable price point. Mesh screens act like a strainer over your gutters, preventing large pieces of debris from getting in while still allowing water to flow. Mesh screens can also be easily installed yourself, saving you money on labor costs. However, mesh screens can still become blocked if leaves become stuck in the mesh itself, which will require regular gutter cleaning to fix.
Foam inserts work by filling your gutters with a not very dense foam, which allows water to flow through it while keeping debris sitting on top. Unlike other types of gutter guards, foam inserts only try to make maintenance easier, not eliminate it completely. Just like mesh screens, you'll have to get up on your roof periodically to remove leaves and other debris which is sitting on top of the foam. However, foam inserts also carry the possibility of mold and mildew growing in them over time due to moisture exposure.
Reverse curve gutter guards, as their name would seem to suggest, work by installing a metal curve over your gutters. This curve connects with the edge of your gutter, and since water will follow the curve, it will drain simply into your gutter. However, your gutter is entirely sealed to the outside world beyond a small space to allow water to flow through, preventing any sort of debris from clogging your gutters. The main downsides associated with reverse curve systems is that they require professional installation, which drives up their cost, and the fact that if you ever do have to do maintenance on your gutters, the process is much more labor intensive since the gutter is completely sealed off.
Contact a professional gutter service for more information and assistance.