What are gutter guards?

close up of a roof line and gutter with a gutter guard

Gutter guards are protective systems designed to minimize or prevent debris, leaves, and other unwanted materials from clogging your gutters. These guards act as a filter, allowing water to flow through while blocking debris from entering the gutter channel. They are typically made of metal, plastic, or foam and come in various designs to suit different gutter types.

Gutter guards provide several benefits, including reducing the need for regular gutter cleaning, preventing water damage to your home’s foundation, and minimizing the risk of gutter blockages that can lead to overflowing water. However, it’s important to note that while gutter guards can help in reducing maintenance, periodic inspection and cleaning may still be necessary to ensure their effectiveness.