Many people assume that an aluminum gutter will last forever. They think that the worst that will happen if they don’t maintain them is the water will pour over onto their heads and they may have to contend with some icicles.
When homeowners spend their hard-earned money on a gutter system and it is important that they understand what they are getting before making the decision on what type of gutter they purchase. It is not necessarily a “get it and forget it” type of item. A little research now can make all the difference.
Basic seamless gutters need to be cleaned at least 2-3 times per year. It is important to decide if you are going to be able to perform this chore yourself or if you will need to hire a contractor to do it for you. Gutter cleanings performed by a licensed and insured contractor can cost several hundred dollars or more depending on the size of the home and the accessibility of the gutters. It can get expensive especially when you consider that debris can clog your gutters at all times of the year. You may need to hire someone to come out and check for a clog if a gutter unexpectedly starts to malfunction. This is another expense on top of your routine maintenance.
Add on products are available, such a Englert MicroGuard, which can cut down on the cleaning chore. While they won’t totally eliminate all maintenance, they will keep out the majority of debris which keeps what water does make it into the gutter to flow freely through the downspout and down to ground level. Maintenance is usually periodic removal of any debris that may rest on top of the cover and is not blown away by the wind.
Englert LeafGuard gutters are a unique covered gutter formed from one seamless piece of aluminum. Once installed they are guaranteed no to clog or they are cleaned for free. As with any covered gutter system, icicles may form during ice and snow conditions but they have minimal ice within the system itself that will cause open gutters to form ice dams or to be ripped from the home.