Gutter guards are a useful tool that are meant to keep leaves and other debris out of your gutters and prevent clogs. However, gutter guards are an attachment to your gutters and so require installation. So we put together this guide on how to install gutter guards.
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Why Install Gutter Guards in the First Place?
Gutter guards attach to the top of your gutter and work to keep leaves, dirt, and other kinds of debris out of your gutters. Debris can clog gutters and cause water backup, which can lead to structural damage.
What to Consider Before Buying & Installing Gutter Guards
Most Common Gutter Guard Materials
There are three major metals used to make gutter guards:
How to Install Gutter Guards: Instructions for Different Types
The exact way to install gutter guards depends on the kind of gutter guard you get. We put together a handful of installation guides for some of the more common types of gutter guards.
You will need the following tools to install gutter guards.
Also, before installing any kind of gutter guards, thoroughly clean and drain your gutters.
1. Brush guards
Brush guards will keep birds out of your gutters but are not as good as other kinds for leaves or dirt.
- 1Measure the length of your gutter line. Make sure to accurately measure corners and bends.
- 2Cut the brushes to fit the length of your gutters.
- 3Bend the brush wire around the corners and slopes.
- 4Make sure the brushes are pressed to the bottom of the gutter and extend the whole length.
2. Foam guards
Foam guards are another common kind of gutter guard that are relatively easy to install.
- 1Measure the entire length of your gutter, including corners and slopes.
- 2Cut the guards to fit your gutters.
- 3Place the foam guards just under the lip of each gutter.
- 4Do not push the guards all the way to the bottom but let them rest under the rim.
Foam gutter guards are very easy to install and are good for leaves and sticks, but they can leave smaller seeds and needles in your gutters.
3. Mesh guards
Mesh gutter guards have small holes that let water through while blocking sticks, leaves, and other debris.
- 1First, measure the gutters. Make sure you measure precisely as you cannot always cut mesh guards.
- 2Slip the edge of the guards under the lip of the gutter.
- 3Attach screws if required.
- 4Snap the other end of the guard over the gutter or screw it into place.
- 5Make sure that the guards are not too tight over the gutter, or else they can bend and damage them.
4. Perforated guards
Perforated guards are similar to mesh guards, except that they are made out of aluminum sheets with perforated holes in them.
- 1Make sure that the guards you get match the size of your gutters.
- 2Place the edge of the guards against the grain of the gutters.
- 3Adhere the guards using screws or other adhesives.
- 4Cut diagonal pieces out of corner junctions so that they can fit together properly.
- 5Make sure the guards do not pull on the gutter and make it bend.
Installing the Most Popular Gutter Guard Brands
Here are some of the most popular brands of gutter guards and how to install them.
- 1Clean out your gutters first using a scoop and scrub the insides clean
- 2Next, place the front edge of the guards against the outward interior edge of the gutters.
- 3Snap the other end of the gutter guards into the back of the gutter.
- 4Make sure you create an end cap to prevent birds and other animals from nesting.
- 5For corners, cut a diagonal line so the pieces can join in the corner.
- 1First, measure your gutters and make sure you buy the size that fits.
- 2Place the edge of the gutter guards underneath the lip of the gutter.
- 3Using a power drill, screw the grates in using a screw every foot along the edge.
- 4Cut the corners diagonally so they can fit together at the joints.
- 5Make sure the grates are not bending in the center when you screw them into place.
- 1First, decide whether you want to tape or screw the guards on.
- 2Next, create a small end cap to be placed over the outer edge of the gutter by bending the grate.
- 3Next, slide the other side of the gutter guard under the roof shingle.
- 4Or, bend the other edge of the gutter guard and screw it into the wall on the other side.
- 5Cut the grates along the edges with a box cutter or sheet cutters when you need to conjoin grates diagonally.
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People also Ask (FAQs)
Can you install gutter guards on existing gutters?
Yes, absolutely, you can install guards on existing gutters. In fact, it is recommended that you install guards on existing gutters. Most metal gutters are compatible with gutter guards.
How often should you clean gutters with gutter guards?
With gutter guards, you only need to clean your gutters once every two years. Even with gutter guards, some kinds of debris can find its way into your gutters. If your home has heavy tree coverage, then you need to clean them more frequently.
What are the disadvantages of gutter guards?
Gutter guards still require regular maintenance and can still allow some debris through like tiny seeds and small particles like dirt and sand. Gutter guards do NOT contribute to ice dam formation.
Is it OK to put gutter guards under shingles?
Gutter guards can ruin your shingles if they break the water seal that keeps water out of your roof. It is recommended that you not place gutter guards under shingles but screw them into the wall or other side of the gutter.
Do gutter guards need to be removed when replacing a roof?
Yes, you will need to remove your gutter when changing your roof. However, you can leave the guards in your gutters and reinstall them when your roof is finished.
Gutter guards are useful for keeping debris and blockages out of your gutters. Gutter guards need to be installed correctly, so make sure that you understand the process of attaching gutter guards.
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