Tag: Eavestrough

Should You Install Gutter Guards

Should you install gutter guardsAs a homeowner I’ve always wondered  should you install gutter guards in my eaves trough? I have always cleaned out the eaves trough at least once a year and sometimes twice a year. They’re always seem to be an accumulation of leaves, keys from the maple tree in front of our house and other debris that lands on your roof and is washed into the eaves trough. When I was younger , it was no problem to get up on the ladder and clean out the stuff. Now that I’m getting older and inclined to climb less I’m wondering if I should invest in a gutter guard for the eaves trough or pay someone to clean it out?

Should You Install Gutter Guards

It will probably cost between $50 and $100 each time I have someone come over and clean out our eaves trough. If I do it twice a year that will be $200 a year. Over 10 years that’s $2000 that I will spend paying someone to clean out my eaves trough not taking into account any inflation.

I have about 50 feet of eaves trough that would need gutter guard installed. At $20 per foot, that’s about $1000 in total for the cost of the materials. I probably could install it myself at this point, but many people are unable or just do not want to get up on a ladder to install something like a gutter guard in the eaves trough. Installation of the eaves trough would probably take a couple hours so conservatively it would cost roughly $200 to install for a total cost of $1200 compared to paying $2000 over 10 years.

The gutter guard seems to be a clear winner, however there are other points to consider. Not all gutter guards are made the same way and if they’re not installed properly debris will still build up on top of the gutter guards. The gutter guard must be aligned with the slope of the roof so that rain water washes any debris off of the gutter guard.

There will be some overflow onto your garden, driveway or whatever’s underneath your roof, since some water will not drain through the gutter guard and will simply flow over the gutter guard. This will happen in severe and heavy rain storms.

Since we just had our tree removed, I have decided not to install the gutter guard. I probably will get them cleaned once a year which will cut my costs in half and make it much cheaper than having gutter guards installed and risking that I will still have to have debris removed from them. Each consumer should evaluate their own situation, understand the costs involved in your location and make your own decision using these kinds of guidelines and thought process that I went through for myself.


Rainguard Automatic Downspout Extension

Rainguard Automatic Downspout ExtensionThe Rainguard Automatic Downspout Extension is great for people who need a down pipe that is hidden but still takes the water away from the house. We have shown both the old down pipe and the new one. the old one is the beige pipe with the black extension laying on the brick driveway. While it is effective it really does not look very nice and the family often trips over it as they go around the corner of the house.

The new Rainguard Automatic Downspout Extension is the green coiled device that is coiled up by the vines on the brick driveway. When it rains, this device rolls out and water is carried away from the house. For light rains, there are six small holes which allow the water to leave the coil. In heavy rains, it uncoils the entire distance and there is an opening at the end to allow a heavy flow of water to dissipate well away from the house foundation.

One of the major advantages of this device is that it coils up out of sight when there is no rain. No more stepping over the old downspout! It is also important to mention that water should never be allowed to collect near the foundation. There should always be good drainage to take the water away from the house. While most new homes have weeping tile around the basement of the home, they sometimes get plugged and water then seeps into the basement causing water damage, mold issues and damage to the interior contents of the home.

Rainguard Automatic Downspout Extension – Installation

Installation is very easy. they provide a flexible plastic clamp to use to wrap around the raingurad after it is is installed over the down pipe. You cannot see it in this picture due to the leaves from the vine, however it is very easy to install and no tools are needed for the installation. You might need a screw driver to remove the old down pipe depending on how it is attached. It is extremely easy and does not require any do it yourself difficulty.

Rainguard Automatic Downspout Extension – Remove for the Winter

Although the instructions do not indicate that you should remove it for the winter, we happen to think that it should be removed. If you have freezing weather with lots of snow etc, we think that this device could be damaged by the ice and snow. Our plan is to re-install the old one for the winter and then exchange it again next spring. This is just our opinion and does not reflect the opinions of the manufacturer. There are many small jobs like this one that can easily be accomplished by the homeowner that will extend the life of various products. In this case the raingaurd can be used year after year.

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