Gutter splash guards prevent water from overshooting the gutters. The amount of water that flows from a roof valley into a gutter is much greater than the amount of water that flows into the gutter from other sections of the roof.
When rain water overshoots the gutter, it falls to the ground close to the foundation, causing ground erosion, foundation problems and landscape damage.
Made of aluminum, our design wraps around the front edge of the gutter and secured with zip screws. To make them less visible, they are normally color matched to the gutter color.
These deflectors are installed on inside corners, or anywhere two roof lines meet to form a valley. For the best water deflection, splash guards should be 4 inches tall and 24 inches long. For inside corner guards, each leg extends 12 inches.
If you live in an area with trees, consider installing leaf screens to prevent leaves trapped behind the splash guards from entering your gutter system. The roof valleys funnel debris into the gutters or on to the gutter protection. Excessive debris in the roof valleys are the greatest source of clogs in gutters.
The only solution for debris that accumulates behind the splash diverter's is to clean it out. From time to time, the roof valleys should be cleared of debris. The frequency of cleaning the roof will be determined by the number and type of trees around your home.
Many gutter installers install insufficient splash guards or none at all. If you discover that rainwater is overshooting your gutters, installing splash guards will correct the problem.
An experienced gutter installer will tell you that roof valleys are the biggest source of service issues with or without gutter covers. Yet there are permanent solutions in many cases. When choosing a gutter installer, ask how they will deal with your roof valleys.
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