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The gutters on your home collect debris whether you have trees on your lot or not since small debris blows through the air and animals might build nests in the troughs. If you have trees near your house, then the amount of debris increases to the point where you might have to clean out your gutters a couple of times each year. Gutter covers help keep leaves and other debris out of the troughs so they don't fill up as fast. Here are some reasons why you might want to have covers put on your existing gutters or added to new gutters when you have them installed.
You Can Reduce The Frequency Of Cleaning
Gutter covers are like big filters for the gutter troughs. They block large debris but they have holes that let rain fall through. The holes also allow tiny debris to enter, such as seeds and pine needles. While large leaves are blocked, some debris can still enter the troughs, so you'll still need to have your gutters cleaned occasionally. The frequency will depend on the type of trees and plants near your home, but you may be able to go from a couple of times a year to once every few years. You'll have to check the gutters occasionally after they're put on to establish a cleaning routine.
By cleaning your gutters less often, you can save money on professional gutter cleaning. If you clean your gutters yourself, you'll be spared the time and labor required to keep up with gutter cleaning, and that could be important if you're busy, like to travel in your spare time, or find it hard to work from a ladder.
Covers Prevent Clogs And Water Damage
Covers are not only a convenience, but they can also protect your foundation and roof. The reason you need to keep leaves out of the troughs is that they create dams when they get wet and clump together. A leaf dam blocks rain drainage and causes water to flow over the sides of the trough and land near the foundation of your house. This could lead to a wet basement or even foundation damage. A leaf dam can also push water up under the roof and cause the edge of the roof or fascia boards to rot. A clog of wet leaves is also heavy, and as it blocks rain and allows water to pool in the troughs, the excess weight can pull the gutters loose or cause them to sag. For these reasons, it's essential to keep your gutters cleaned out, but the best way to do the job is to keep leaves from getting in the gutters to start with.
Covers Keep Birds And Animals Away
Birds and small animals such as rats may build nests in your gutters during a dry spell. These nests act as dams that prevent rain drainage too, but even if they don't block rain, you don't want creatures living in your gutters. Birds leave acidic droppings, and it's not good having rats so close to your attic where they can chew through wood and get inside. A deep gutter makes an inviting hiding place for small creatures, and you can eliminate this problem by having gutter covers installed. Animals may still scamper over the top of the gutters, but they won't be able to get inside the troughs to store food or build nests.
To learn more about gutter covers, consult a resource in your area.