Rain Gutter Protection Gutters Covers That Works in Orinda CA
Your Gutter Cleaning Solution
With Gutterglove you won’t have to worry about gutters overflowing, or having leaves clog your gutter system. Gutterglove’s design is top notch, they use marine grade stainless steel the kind used in ocean applications. A lot of people hear the term stainless, and they assume it will be rust, and corrosion proof. This is a big marketing misconception, there’s a big difference in grade quality’s. In a nutshell Gutterglove’s mesh is high grade stainless, that won’t leave you disappointed. The frame is hardened anodized extruded aluminum, making it corrosion resistant, and extremely ridged. The system works by filtering anything larger than 50 micron “1/3 the size of a human hair” this ensures you don’t have the smaller debris getting in. The screen sits on top of thin aluminum channels. The channels serve two purposes, they help give the screen support, and they break the surface tension of the water as it passes over the mesh. This allows Gutterglove to handle large amounts of water without overshooting or clogging. Gutterglove Pro is so good at absorbing water, it can handle up to 150 inches of rain per hour, which is next to impossible, outside of spraying a fire hose on your roof.
Gutter leaf guards, rain gutter covers, screens, and filters can reduce problems with clogged, overflowing gutters. This expert buying guide will help you choose the right gutter guards.
Rain Gutter covers should be kept free of leaves and other debris; otherwise, water will back up at the downspouts, filling them up. When this happens, the weight can dislodge or bend the gutters and—worse—the water will spill down the house, potentially damaging windows, doors, siding, and the foundation.
You should inspect and clean gutters and downspouts at least twice a year to make sure they’re not clogged with leaves and debris. If you have your gutters cleaned out professionally, expect to pay about $210 to $355 for a single-story, 2,500¬ square¬foot house and more for a two-story or larger house. A popular remedy for periodic gutter cleaning is to install some type of gutter guard or leaf catching system. Many different products are available, ranging from very inexpensive wire screening to extremely pricey enclosed gutter control systems.
If a particular Gutter guard company is pitching you on its product, the best way to check it out is to request the names and phone numbers of satisfied customers and give them a call.
Types of Gutter Guards
Most gutter guard products can be grouped into these basic categories:
• Various types of screens that filter the debris from the water, from expensive micro-mesh screen systems to super cheap screen panels.
• Solid gutter covers that deflect leaves and debris while capturing rain runoff.
• Gutter inserts made of foam or brushes that prevent leaves and debris from clogging the gutters but allow water to drain through the channels.
Within each of these categories, there are many different manufacturers, each touting the benefits of their products. In making a selection, you will be faced with some major decisions, beginning with budget. You can spend as little as $.30 per lineal foot for simple screening that you install yourself and as much as $30 per foot for professionally installed, solid rain gutter covers. As a rule, fine mesh screening and solid covers requiring professional installation will run from $20 to $30 per foot.Depending upon the product, gutter guards will have varying degrees of effectiveness. Some are foolproof at blocking debris but may allow considerable rainwater to spill over the eaves, for example.
Some reject most but not all leaves and debris, so they need to be cleaned occasionally. Depending upon their design, this can become a bigger hassle than cleaning gutters with no covers if the guards can’t be removed easily.
For Example: Some gutter guards work great beneath broad leaf trees but marginally at rejecting needles or seeds. Others are good for low sloped roofs but allow too much spillover on a steeply pitched or metal roof. Still others encourage massive icicles in snowy, freezing weather.
Unless you’re going to opt for the least expensive, easiest-to-install options such as simple screens available at home improvement centers, it’s wise to check with neighbors who are happy with their gutter control systems, especially if their homes have a similar architecture and roof pitch to yours.
Fine-Mesh Gutter Guards & Screens
Fine mesh gutter guards (also called “micro-mesh” gutter filters or screens) are placed across the tops of gutters to keep gutters clear. They employ sieve-like mesh panels or screens to separate leaves and roof debris from rainwater.
These Gutter guards are much more effective than the common gutter screening available at home improvement centers. Their mesh is super fine typically 50 microns, which is small enough to capture sand. Because of this, these systems are popular for both conventional gutter guards and rainwater recovery systems that collect rainwater for landscape watering.
Compared to other gutter guard technologies, fine mesh gutter screens perform very high. They reject nearly all roof debris while also capturing most of the water. Although fine mesh gutter guards are much more expensive than standard gutter screens, gutter brush inserts, and gutter foam inserts, they are comparably or lower priced than solid top gutter guards and have long if not lifetime guarantees. If you have a micro-mesh gutter screen installed on either a very old asphalt roof or a brand-new asphalt roof, be advised that the super fine mesh can be clogged by roof tar that leaches out of these materials. Mossy or moldy roofs can also clog the mesh. Ask your fine mesh gutter screen provider about what cleaning might be necessary if this happens.
Gutterglove Micro-Mesh Gutter Screen
Gutterglove, another micro-mesh gutter screen system, has an anodized aluminum frame. The frame is made of U-shaped channels that won’t collapse or allow the mesh to droop. The Gutterglove system is designed to tuck up under existing shingles and lip over the edge of existing gutters.
The company makes three models: Gutterglove Pro, Gutterglove Ultra, and Gutterglove Icebreaker, which has a channel that receives an integrated heating cable to minimize ice dams and icicles. A fourth product, Leaf Blaster, is a simpler and less expensive product that doesn’t have the same aluminum support frame.
Though Gutterglove can be installed by a handy do-it-yourself, it is typically installed by a professional.
For materials only, expect to pay about $12 per lineal foot; with Gutterglove installation, it will run closer to $20 per foot. Gutterglove comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Gutterglove Pro consists of two components; a perforated aluminum channel and type 316 stainless steel mesh. The stainless steel mesh is glued into grooves along both sides of each 5 foot aluminum channel section. It installs on any existing gutter. Gutterglove’s specifications were designed so that it simply slips under the roof shingles and fits snugly to the front lip of your gutter. Gutterglove should be installed at the same pitch as the roof (up to 5/12) to get the best performance of debris shedding off.
Aluminum Channel Frame:
Our extruded aluminum support frame is anodized to further protect it from the environment and to make it more adaptable to be installed on a copper gutter. The anodizing process converts the aluminum surface into an extremely durable, corrosion resistant, and long-lasting finish.
Anodizing is also favorably to current governmental regulations because it is one of the most environmentally friendly industrial processes. Since this process is a reinforcement of a naturally occurring oxide process, it is nonhazardous and produces no harmful or dangerous by products.
Anodized aluminum is used around the world as highly durable exteriors in commercial buildings such as one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois. Other revolutionized uses are in scientific instruments, home appliances, and satellites in space for harsh environmental protection, staircases in skyscrapers and a host of other uses.
Stainless Steel Mesh
The super strong type 316 stainless steel mesh allows more than 150 inches of hourly rainfall to filter through to your gutter. Type 316 is molybdenum bearing austenitic stainless steel which is more resistant to general corrosion and pitting / crevice corrosion than the conventional chromium nickel austenitic lower quality stainless steels such at types 302 and 304 or any other standard stainless steel alloys.
The 316 alloy offers higher creep, stress-to-rupture and tensile strength at elevated temperatures. It also resists attack of marine and corrosive industrial atmospheres which makes it an ideal component for Gutterglove. Type 316 stainless steel alloy is widely used in the food, marine and medical industries.