|The Truth About Gutter Protection
Why SlimGuard is a Better Solution
Since the time gutters have been installed, people have tried to keep them clean. Gutters, by their nature, are at the bottom edge of the roof and in the worst location for staying clean. Dirt, seeds, leaves and pine needles all collect on the roof. The pitch of the roof, wind and rain, move all the debris to the lower edge of the roof and this is a perfect design to get the debris off the roof and onto the ground. Without gutters, rain water and debris pour directly next to the home and it can cause erosion and foundation problems. Also if rain collects on walkways or driveways it will freeze in colder climates and can be hazardous. This is where the installation of gutters solves many erosion and foundation problems. But installing gutters creates a new set of challenges. Instead of the leaves, seeds and debris falling to the ground, they now collect in the gutter. If enough debris collects in the gutters, they overflow and continue to cause erosion and foundation issues.
For the past 20 years many expensive and elaborate systems have been designed to fight against the natural effects of mother nature and roof design. Clearly some systems have worked better than others. At one point there were over 70 different gutter protection systems to choose from. Many of these systems made outlandish claims of never having to clean gutters again. All too often, these systems let the homeowner down and in some cases the company went out of business or discontinued selling that product. Why is this such a difficult problem to fix? Well there is a simple answer, and this is the real truth about gutter protection. There is not one system that can work under every tree, on every roof design, in every climate that is completely maintenance free. Every system may require occasional maintenance. Roof design and the species of trees have a tremendous effect on the performance of a gutter protection system. Some trees drop messy, sticky debris that will have to be cleaned from the gutter protection system. Some roofs have long valleys on steep roofs that can collect a tremendous amount of debris. The wind will not blow into and then out of the valley. These are extreme circumstances that can provide a challenge to any gutter protection system.
We designed SilmGuard to work under the toughest conditions but with the understanding that occasional maintenance may be required. The maintenance required may be as simple as clearing some debris from a corner of the gutters where a valley is present. Some homes are surrounded by trees and therefore the wind is blocked by the trees. In these cases, it is recommended to occasionally inspect the system and if an accumulation is present, it is often easiest to blow or sweep off that section.
After a decade in the gutter protection industry, we understand how important it is to keep the gutters clear so they can work as intended. SlimGuard is your best defense against debris and your lowest maintenance option when it comes to the truth about gutter protection.