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  • Writer's pictureKristina Carroll

Demystifying Gutter Guards: A Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing the Perfect Solution for Your Home

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Gutter guards are protective systems installed over your gutters to prevent debris, leaves, and other unwanted materials from entering and clogging the gutter system. Gutter guards help prevent the buildup of debris in the gutter system, which in turn helps to protect the drainage and foundation of your home.


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While there is a common misconception that gutter guards are maintenance-free, alleviating the need for gutter cleanings, some debris will still pile up on top of the guards and need to be removed. However, with regular cleanings you can expect that gutter guards will help water flow down your downspouts and out the drain lines, even in very heavy rainfall.


Without gutter guards debris will clog your gutters and downspouts leaving rainwater rolling over your gutter, possibly damaging your facia, soffit and even your home's foundation.


Types of gutter guards:

There are several types of gutter guards available, including:

  • Steel screens: These feature a fine mesh that allows water to flow into the gutter while blocking leaves and debris.

  • Solid covers: These cover the entire gutter, preventing debris from entering while allowing water to flow through small slots or channels.

  • Foam inserts: These fit directly into the gutter and block debris while allowing water to pass through.

  • Brush-style guards: These consist of bristles or brushes placed inside the gutter to prevent debris buildup while permitting water flow.


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At Mountain Drainage Solutions we use the Ultra Flo steel powder coated screen as our main gutter guard of choice. We recommend this product because it has proven itself against many other big competitors. This gutter guard is an easily maintainable cover that allows water to enter the gutter despite having debris piling up.


Benefits of gutter guards:

  • Reduced maintenance: Gutter guards can significantly reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning, as they prevent debris from accumulating in the first place.

  • Prevention of clogs: By blocking leaves, twigs, and other debris, gutter guards help maintain the free flow of water, preventing clogs and potential water damage to your home.

  • Pest control: Gutter guards can deter pests like birds, squirrels, and insects from nesting or seeking refuge in your gutters.

  • Extended gutter lifespan: With fewer clogs and reduced exposure to debris, gutter guards can help prolong the life of your gutters by preventing damage and corrosion.


Considerations when choosing gutter guards:

  • Gutter size compatibility: Ensure that the gutter guards you choose are compatible with the size and shape of your existing gutters.

  • Debris type in your area: Consider the predominant type of debris in your region (leaves, pine needles, etc.) and choose a gutter guard that effectively blocks those specific materials.

  • Installation method: Some gutter guards require professional installation, while others are designed for DIY installation. Choose one that matches your skill level and preference.

  • Maintenance requirements: Different gutter guards have varying maintenance needs. Consider how often they need cleaning or maintenance and whether it aligns with your desired level of effort.


Professional installation:

While some gutter guards can be installed as a DIY project, professional installation is recommended for certain types or if you're unsure about the process. Professionals have the experience and tools to ensure proper installation and functionality.


Remember to research different brands and models, read reviews, and consult with experts or professionals in the field to find the most suitable gutter guard system for your specific needs.



Mountain Drainage Solutions is a local, family owned and operated, small business serving our neighbors here in Asheville, NC and surrounding areas.


We are a green initiative company with over 10 years of experience in gutter & drainage solutions for your home. We have noticed an increasing need for homeowners in the area to evaluate their rainwater drainage issues. Rainwater can easily carve its way into your crawl space or foundation and cause costly repairs and damage. We are here to mitigate rainwater damage to your home.


Contact us today for a free estimate!



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