We all have at one point in time spent a weekend cleaning and unclogging gutters.
Without any reasonable doubt, this is one of the dirtiest and messiest jobs around the home.
If you have trouble keeping your gutters clean due to bird nests, leaves, or debris accumulation, Leaf Stopper provides a reliable and convenient way to help you do this. However, before you go ahead and decide to install a gutter guard system, you need to know about the various gutter guard options in the market and their pros and cons.
If you want to learn more about various gutter guards, their merits and demerits, and how they are installed, continue reading this piece.
Types of Gutter Guards and How They Are Installed
Insertion Gutter Guards
Insertion gutter guards include foam, brush and plastic guards (among others) that are inserted directly into the gutter.
- Easy installation
- Quick solution
- They promote the growth of mould.
- They may allow seeds to pass through and germinate.
- They can freeze in place during winter, thereby affecting water flow.
- They are not fireproof and can contribute to ember attacks
- They can trap leaves which proceed to rot in the gutters
Installation is straightforward as you only need to cut the guard into sizeable pieces and place them inside the gutters.
Perforated Gutter Guards
Made from flat sheets of metal with holes punched in it, perforated gutter guards are manufactured to sit on top of the gutter.
- Strong construction.
- They allow small debris to pass through.
- They are easily clogged since leaves and debris sit on top of the gutter rather than blowing over.
- You must remove the entire guard system to effectively clean gutters.
- Seeds can pass through and germinate
The gutter guards are placed on top of the gutter and are screwed into place into the gutter lip.
Reverse Curve or Surface Tension Guards
These are specially designed gutter guards that allow water to flow around the edge opening and into the gutter, while debris and leaves fall over their covered edge, and then to the ground due to surface tension. They are however uncommon in Australia.
- They look nice after installation
- They don’t work as effectively as you might hope.
- After a while they get dirty, breaking the effectiveness of the water tension that is needed in order for the system to work correctly.
- They are difficult to install
Considering their complexity and the fact that they are sold by authorized dealers only, reverse curve gutter guards need to be installed by professionals.
Mesh Gutter Guards
Created as a solution to the problems experienced with the other types of leaf guards, mesh leaf guards feature tiny holes that are great at keeping lots of debris, including tiny leaves and seeds, from finding their way into the gutters. Since they are usually made from aluminium, these guards are durable. They give your roof an alluring appeal since they come in a vast array of colours. As expected there are of course varying levels of quality and styles when it comes to mesh gutter guards. The best is the “ski slope” design where the mesh is connected above the gutter from the roof to the gutter edge. This allows leaves and debris to blow off the gutter guard keeping it relatively clean, instead of allowing them to sit on top of the mesh, blocking its effectiveness.
- Prevent a majority of debris and leaf matter from entering.
- They are great for rainwater collection
- Can be used as ember guards for some areas.
- Mesh that is not installed in a ski slope fashion can get covered in leaves that don’t blow away.
Although there are multiple mesh gutter guard solutions in Australia most of them are installed the same way. By rolling the mesh along the gutter and securing it to the roof with the provided trims. Leaf Stopper gutter guards, however, have some unique features that make it easier to install…
When you order a Leaf Stopper gutter guard, it comes in a DIY install kit that contains pre-drilled Trimets that slot together as you install it. This makes it easier to install yourself rather than hiring an installer
Have A Metal Roof?
Or A Tile Roof?
Why Leaf Stopper Gutter Guards Are The Best Solution
While all gutter guard options have their pros, the Leaf Stopper guards are the only system that corrects the cons of all the other types of guards. This is why they are the best.
Unlike most gutter guards made of plastic, polyethylene, and soft metals, Leaf Stopper is made of long-lasting aluminium. This means that it gives you long years of service and is guaranteed up to 15 years. Also, they are not easily corroded, affected by UV light, or melted by bush fire embers.
- Comes in a Range of Attractive Colors
One of the most significant concerns for many homeowners is that most leaf guards don’t align well with the roof’s colour and design. But with Leaf Stopper gutter guards, you don’t have to compromise your home’s aesthetics for gutter protection. You’ll find a wide range of colours that resonate perfectly with any roof design.
- They allow Leaves and Debris to Blow Over.
Most gutter guards in the market are inserted into the gutters. For this reason, they prevent debris from passing through. Therefore, they give you a new job of cleaning the accumulated substances.
- They are Firmly Secured on the Roof and Gutter
Unlike most leaf guards, which are either placed on top of or inserted into the gutters, the Leaf Stopper gutter guards are attached to the gutters using a proprietary fixing system.
How are Leaf Stopper Guards Installed?
When it comes to the installation of leaf guards, you’ll be glad to know that although it involves various steps, it is something that you can do yourself.
For tiled roofs, the Leaf Stopper gutter guards are attached to the gutter using a patented fixing system to keep it in place. The guard passes over the first row of tiles on the roof end and then under the second row.
For those with corrugated or deck metal roofs, the Leaf Stopper system attaches to the gutter using a similar mechanism, but when it comes to the roof end, it is held down by a set of purpose manufactured clips. The same clips are used when installing the Leaf Stopper guards in the roof valleys.