Gutter guards may also be called gutter covers, gutter screens, or gutter filters. All are designed to keep rainwater flowing freely into and through your gutters while keeping leaves, twigs, needles, and other debris out. Clogged gutters lead to overflowing water that can damage a home's foundation, siding, and landscaping.
Gutter guards come in a variety of materials, styles, and configurations. The material used for the gutter cover is important as cheap covers can warp, fade in color, rust, and deteriorate quickly. Be sure to consider the environmental conditions where you live when determining which material is best for your gutter covers.
Climate Is A Big Factor
Different materials may be better suited to deal with the weather condition in Texas than in New York. The materials for the gutter cover in Texas need to be able to hold up in intense heat and sun exposure without sagging, melting or fading. The materials for gutter covers in New York need to be resilient and be able to withstand very cold temperatures. Plastic materials generally do not hold up as well in temperature extremes as metal products.
Gutter guards are especially important in colder climates. Without gutter protection or regular gutter cleaning, gutters will become clogged and trap free standing water. This water will freeze in colder temperatures adding additional weight to the gutters. This added weight could cause significant damage to your gutters.