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While annual gutter cleaning is essential to keeping up with home maintenance, the Somerset County roofers know it can prove to be a very difficult task for homeowners. Depending on the location of a home, and the types of trees in the neighborhood, gutter cleaning can be expensive and time consuming. Additionally, without a gutter shield system, clogged trenches can promote excessive water spillage over the roof that puddles near the home's foundation, creating mold or peeling paint.

Gutters are slender trenches or channels that gather rainwater from the roof and divert it from the home's exterior. Trenches attach to the home's fascia boards and are approximately four to six inches in width. Gutter classifications include half round, box or Ogee gutters. Most U.S. homes feature Ogee gutters that are five inches wide and fasten with straps, hangers or spikes.

Experts report that many older homes often have failing drain systems in need of repairs. Homeowners can contact a professional to inspect the gutters and determine whether the channels have the necessary one fourth inch slope and check if the end caps are sufficiently sealed.

There are three types of gutter shield classifications.

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The first consists of screens made with perforated products, the second type features materials that block and fill the channels and, thirdly, a reverse curve surface tension system comprises this last type of gutter shield.

Filters are relatively inexpensive and come in steel, vinyl and plastic. Roofers can choose to install the metal trenches as one piece or to clip on a separate perforated product that can attach to existing shingles.

The block and filling method utilizes either brushes or porous foam to pack the gutter's opening, preventing unwanted gunk from clogging the system. The foam inserts absorb the rainwater while the storm fragments rest on top.

The reverse curve surface tension process attracts water to the curved edge and leads the water around the gutter's ridge. Thus, the debris does not cling to the gutter but falls off to the ground.

It's recommended that homeowners investigate all types of gutter systems to determine which one is the best fit for their home. Homeowners should note that even with a properly installed guard system, leaves can remain on top of the shield and will continue to collect if there is no wind. However, it should be much easier to brush leaves off the upper part than to dig into blocked gutters to remove handfuls of leaves, seeds and twigs.

In addition, if a home is two or more stories high, an owner should consider hiring a gutter cleaning service regardless of the presence or absence of a gutter shield.

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