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Gutter Leaf Guards Installations— All You Need to Know

 

More than just an annoyance, blocked gutters can severely damage your property. Repair costs can be quite expensive too.

If you keep getting blocked gutters despite cleaning regularly, it’s about time you consider installing gutter leaf guards. With these in place, leaves, twigs, and other debris will be prevented from getting into and blocking the gutters.

When leaf guards are fitted in, cleaning your gutter system is no longer necessary. You won’t have to constantly worry about the system getting clogged as well.

The guards are designed to keep not just leaves but other debris from the gutters. This means that the system will only require cleaning from time to time.

Most importantly, you get the peace of mind knowing that your system won’t have to suffer from potentially devastating problems such as blockages and overflows.

Leaf Guard Installation Explained

When installing leaf guards, the gutters will need to be removed first and then thoroughly cleaned up. The guards will then be fitted into the gutters.

The protected guttering will then be re-placed onto the fascia boards. Gutters guards are pretty straightforward both in form and function. They are usually made up of filters and mesh which, when attached to the gutters, will keep leaves, moss, twigs, and
debris out.

Part of the installation process is taking the gutters off the fascia boards. This is a good opportunity to assess the current state and shape of the down pipes and the guttering as a whole.

Check the soffit boards and assess if the fascia boards are still in good working order. If you find that they are no longer in their best state, replace them first before fitting in the leaf guards.

Gutter leaf guards are of no use when the guttering system they’re attached to is broken or leaking. The same is true for rotten fascia boards.

Whilst you’re at it, do a room inspection to check for moss growth and other damages. In the UK, various leaf guards are available with most suitable for guttering at the standard width of 4.5 inches.

A few manufacturers also offer domestic guttering leaf guards at 100 mm in width so it helps to double-check the size of your system and the dimensions of the leaf guards on offer to ensure that it will fit.

Remember that domestic guttering systems differ considerably from industrial-sized ones, which are usually 6 inches in width. However, this is only something you’ll have to be concerned with if you have a commercial property.

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DIY Route

If you like working on DIY projects, this is something you can take on, provided that you’re comfortable with heights. Planning permission is not necessary to start the project too so that one less hassle for you to deal with.

You’ll just have to be prepared to do the task of dismantling and cleaning the gutters and then refitting them whilst also ensuring that there will be ample space to accommodate the guard.

Most people, however, would prefer that an experienced tradesman do the job instead. After all, they have the tools, experience, skills, and safety equipment to do everything right. More importantly, tradesmen are insured.

Choose the Right Leaf Guard

When fitting in a leaf guard, make sure to choose the right one to most suitable to your own guttering system. Otherwise, it won’t work and the guttering system will still end up being prone to blockage.

Identifying the main culprits for your gutter clogs will help. If you leave somewhere that has pine trees, then you’ll benefit from a leaf guard that has the necessary capacity to block smaller leaves out.

If you have an older system, exercise great care during the fascia board removal. When handled inappropriately, old systems have the tendency to leak, especially along the gutters.

Also, fascia boards that have seen their own share of wear and tear might get damaged when the brackets are taken off. This is where routine replacement of the soffit and fascia boards is most useful since it helps keep the
entire system sound.

Look out for fascia boards that are badly sloping. They can be due to sloppy work or subsidence. When fascia boards run in the opposite direction to the gutters, fitting in leaf guards can be a problem. In this case, replacing the boards entirely would be a great idea.

If you have valleys and bottom tiles that were not installed properly, expect that they will cause future issues too. The same is true for inappropriately located downpipes or when there are not enough downpipes at all.

It is for this reason why you’ll benefit from getting a property inspection by a professional roofer before fitting in the roof guards.

Gutter Leaf Guard Installation Costs

Fitting in leaf guards to your guttering system will usually cost between £200 and £350. The price can be affected by the ease in which the gutters can be accessed. The type of leaf guard you choose will have an effect on the overall price too.

Two roofline workers charge a daily rate of £250. The job shouldn’t be that completed to do and half a day of work is often enough to complete the whole thing.

However, it may take longer if there is a need for your bottom tiles to be removed before installing the fixtures— usually extending the time frame to a whole day.

If you own a semi-detached, two-storey house with fairly easy access, total costs for leaf guard installation will be at £250.