When you think of rain gutters you likely don’t realize just how complex these systems can really be. Yes, they are designed to catch the rain rolling off your roof, but what about the debris that they withstand (leaves, snow, etc.) year after year? You’ve likely had to clean them yourself or hired someone to do it, but what if you could learn about a few accessories that help keep them free from blockages and actually improve their ability of redirecting water from the home?
Top 5 Gutter Accessories for Your Home:
If you are one of those mentioned above (that clean your own gutters) you’ll likely benefit the most from gutter protection. What is gutter protection? It’s a means for helping to protect your gutter system so it works effectively all year long. Such protection might include foam filters, simple grilles, and even mesh screens. Many companies that sell gutter protection systems typically claim that you won’t need to worry about hand-cleaning your gutters ever again when you install a gutter protection system.
So how do you know which gutter protection system is the best for your home? First it’s important that you do your homework; research the system and see what other consumers have had to say about it. In addition, know your budget and the time you have to dedicate to maintaining your gutter system.
While the gutter trough typically catches all the debris, it’s not uncommon for it to travel into the downspout, creating a pretty good clog that will have to be cleared in order for the gutter to continue working properly. A strainer just might be your solution. This cylindrical strainer is designed to fit in the top of the downspout so as to catch all the debris before it makes its way down the spout. In addition, you might consider a wedge-shaped screen that sits atop the outlet instead of inside, keeping the debris to the side or behind the screen, rather than right on top of the screen like the cylindrical option.
You’re most likely aware of what splash blocks are and their purpose; to direct the water further away from the foundation (ground) to prevent soil erosion. These rectangular pieces, often made of plastic or concrete, can be a great addition to your gutter system if you experience a lot of rain in your area. The widths of the splash blocks vary so it’s easier for you to choose which is best for your system; however you will want to check them now and again to make sure they’re still in place. Sometimes they can shift due to mowers, shifting soil and even foot traffic.
To further protect your foundation and prevent soil erosion, you might invest in downspout extensions. They will either lie on top of the ground or you can place them further into the ground; so long as the outlet is not obstructed to allow proper water flow at all times.
If you have a garden or prefer to save the rain water, a rain barrel may be just what you need. Some areas will even provide rebates for those installing rain barrels on their property. These rain barrels can collect as much as 600 gallons or more just from a single inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot area. Unfortunately, some states also restrict the ability to collect rainwater so it’s important that you see if your city/county is restricted before installing rain barrels. Your local water utility company can help you determine this.
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Before you replace your existing gutter system, take the time to research the best gutter options for your home by reading our gutter resource page. In addition, contact us today to learn more about how we can install affordable and effective gutters for your home!