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Solutions to clogged gutters
If you have trouble keeping small leaves and other debris from clogging your gutters, consider installing solid gutter guards. Solid guards, which cover all of
the gutter except for a narrow
crack to let the water through,
do work well. The lip on the guards relies
on surface tension to draw the water down
into the gutter, while the solid covering
deflects leaves and other debris that would
otherwise drop in (photo).
Gutter Topper, Gutter
Helmut and Gutter Pro are
examples of companies that make
solid guard covers. Any of these should
keep you from having to clean your gutters
again. The guards work on every type
of gutter, except plastic “C” shapes. Since
the guards fit over the gutter rather than
inside, they’ll cover most standard-size
gutters. They’re typically attached to the
gutter with brackets, with the upper edge
slid under the lower shingles.
which are much less
expensive and available at
home centers, don’t work as well.
They’ll keep out most leaves, but you can
expect smaller debris, such as seeds and
pine needles, to get through. Screens also
make gutter cleaning more difficult,
because you have to move them aside to
get at the debris. However, in some cases
they may be all you need.