At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we know how time-consuming it can be to clean your gutters. This process is an important one, though, because your gutters help protect your home from water and debris buildup. Not cleaning your gutters properly could lead to even more headaches (and even more money spent). Installing gutter guards is an easy way to protect your roof and home even further. Deciding what kind of gutters and gutter guards are best for your home is a tough decision, but we’re here to help when it comes to all your gutter needs.

The three most popular types of gutter guards are screen, surface tension, and fine mesh. Each of these gutter guards are pretty different, so stick with us to find out which type of gutter guard may be best for your needs.

Screen gutter guards are the most commonly used type of gutter guard, and they come in various shapes and materials. Therefore, they can be installed in many different ways. If leaves are your main problem, screens work well to prevent the buildup of leaves in your gutters. That being said, the openings in screens are big enough to let in other natural things, like seeds and pine needles. This means that when you clean your gutters, you may have to also remove the screens. Also, sometimes the screens themselves can get debris stuck in them, and sometimes cleaning screens can be tricky. Don’t expect screens to get rid of all your gutter maintenance, but they are the easiest type of gutter guard to install.

Surface-tension gutter guards also work well to prevent the buildup of leaves and other large types of debris. Small debris does sometimes get in this type of gutter guard, but usually it washes out of the downspouts without many problems. With this type of gutter cover, water clings to the nose of the guard and flows into the gutter. So bigger debris falls right over the edge. This type of gutter guard is also easy to install, but they only work if they’re installed at the appropriate angle. These are also more visible than other styles of gutter guards.

Finally, fine-mesh guards act like screens do, but they block even more debris. The mesh won’t clog with seeds or needles. These still need to be cleaned on occasion, but these are easier to blow or brush clean than screens are. This type of gutter guard is also easy to install. Strong fine-mesh guards are made with stainless steel.

Whatever your gutter needs are, Alamance Insulation and Gutters is here to help. With over 20 years of cumulative experience, we are a leader in the insulation and home performance industries. Centrally located in Burlington, North Carolina in the heart of the Piedmont, we provide leading-edge insulation and gutter products and services to our happy customers throughout North Carolina, including Greensboro, Burlington, Elon, Mebane, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Give us a call today!