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3 Best Gutter Guards + Gutter Types & Sizes

Posted by Northface Construction  - Owner & Founder

There’s nothing worse than having to get up on a ladder and unclog your new gutters.

This is where installing one of the industry’s best gutter guards will save you time, and keep you off that ladder.

In order to figure out what kind of gutter guard is right for you home, we have to start with choosing the right style and gutters for your home. This is exactly what we go over in this episode of Material World: all things gutters.

Other than skipping the unclog process, gutter guards extend the life of your gutters – in turn keeping the water away from the house and foundation. Deciding which gutter system is right for you can be tough given there are numerous gutter options to choose from. To help, we will go through multiple types of gutters, and gutter guards, and what we recommend.

Check this video out for the full breakdown, or just keep reading if that’s more your style.

3 Best Gutter Guards For Homeowners

Nothing is worse than having to clean your gutters! Here in Minnesota, you know all about those pesky helicopter seeds, whirlybirds, samaras, or whatever you want to call them! They can fill up your gutters on one windy day.

Getting the proper gutter guard can help prevent messy, clogged gutters and keep your water flowing through. Here are the 3 best gutter guards we showcased in the video

1. K-Screen Mesh Screen Gutter Guards.

Mesh gutter guards are a great, simple option to use to keep your gutters free of leaves and debris. They are very easy to install, they simply attach to the edge of the gutter, and slide under your roofing/shingles. These guards are very lightweight and easy to downsize, ensuring they don’t weigh too heavily on the gutters and allowing you to fit them with most gutter profiles.

The K-Screen mesh screen guards are an excellent entry-level option if you are just looking for basic, non-intrusive protection at an affordable price.

2. Bulldog Gutter Belt.

The next step up is the bulldog gutter belt which is perfect for catching whirlybirds and keeping them from sticking into your gutter, or gutter guard. They have a flat surface, with punctured holes that allow for debris to flow off the side, while water still passes through into the gutter.

They require a bit more invasive installation, screwing into the house, but they are very sturdy and will withstand the elements, giving you long-lasting gutter protection.

The Bulldog Gutter Belt is a very good option for homeowners in areas with lots of leaves, pine needles, or other blowing debris.

3. Leaf Sentry Premium Gutter Guards.

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Leaf Sentry is a high quality, premium brand of gutter guards. These guards give full protection and are designed to allow water to flow over the top and back into the gutter, trapping all leaves and debris behind. They can be customized to match up to 16 different colors, to match your gutter.

They create great curb appeal and are going to be a major investment, with amazing long-term results. These will be perfect for your forever home, to ensure you never have to clean out the gutters or replace those guards. The colors can always be easily swapped out as well.

Types & Sizes of Gutters & Downspouts

Before we hop right into the best gutter guards, we want to talk a bit about how to choose the right gutters and downspouts. If you have the improper gutter set up in the first place, simply adding a gutter guard won’t fix your problem.

Finding The Right Gutters

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A 5-inch seamless aluminum gutter is the industry standard in terms of gutter material and size.  It is lightweight, easy to manage, and will excel in its job of water management. Depending on the size of your home or roof, a 6-inch wide gutter may be necessary.

Figuring out exactly what size gutter you need can be daunting. We determine the right size gutters by combining the surface area of your roof and how much water or ice you need to manage. Areas with higher levels of annual precipitation may need larger than the standard 5-inch gutters.

For heavy-duty ice and water management, steel gutters can be used. but that is generally on structures like commercial buildings, or pole barns.

Another factor to consider when choosing your gutter size is the material your roofing is made of. Roofs made of a grippier substance will hold the snow on your roof, where snow tends to slide off metal roofs much easier, resulting in more strain on your gutters.

At the end of the day, determining the right size and material for your gutter is something we recommend consulting a professional about. The last thing you want is to install the improper gutter size only to replace them again a year or two down the road.

Choosing Downspouts

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Downspouts and downspout extensions are used to guide water from your gutters, along the wall, and away from your house and foundation.

They can help prevent corrosion along your foundation, yard, and garden beds. Soil erosion can cause puddling which can drown your plants or flowers, and destroy the grass, so make sure your downspouts are guiding the water at least 5 feet away from the house.

The standard size for downspouts is 3 x 2 inches. There are also 3 x 4 inches but you really only need the 3 x 2 for your basic gutter on any home. Once again, if your home is in an area that does have high annual precipitation levels, you may want to opt for the 3×4, but for the average home that this larger size is unnecessary.

If you are uncertain about the size or material you should go with, get in touch with a local contractor, or give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Need Help Finding The Right Gutter Or Gutter Guards?

We know it can be difficult to choose the right gutter setup for your home. Especially if you are on a budget, or haven’t done it before. If that’s the case for you, we want to be there to help! To sign up for a free quote or ask further questions, gve us a call at (763) 600-7916 or fill out this online form.

Thanks for tuning in! We hope this information was valuable to you. Leave us a comment below letting us know if we missed anything!

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