What makes it stand out from any other mesh gutter guard? – Part 3
Continuing our Leaf Solution series, we will pick up with our list of defining attributes that Leaf Solution brings to a crowded gutter guard market. This list is formulated from our own experience and observation of performance on the Leaf Solution gutter guard system.
The four attributes are:
We discussed materials in our last article so this one will continue the discussion picking up with design. If you have looking into the Leaf Solution product, the features we are discussing will be familiar. The difference is we are giving our point-of-view on the ability of the features to reveal our process for choosing the guard.
There are many mesh guard designs on the market today. The design of mesh guards can appear to be very similar in style and function; appearing to deliver the same results. With an understanding of the endowed features of the design, our predictions of our the performance of these features have been realized. We confirmed our early observations of how these minor differences in the design features of the Leaf Solution guard draws a distinguishing difference. These benefits are our premiere talking points we address when discussing guards with a potential customer.
Let’s look at a scenario to help explain our observations. As rainwater pours down the roof, it gains a lot of momentum and begins to quickly swell as it reaches the bottom o the roof. This swell causes the biggest failures of the gutter helmet style guards that rely on water tension. The flow is so fast and so much, the tension is overwhelmed and the water cannot follow the guard’s curve and enter the openings.
Upon farther observation, it is easy for us to see why these guards fail. When we install gutters, we have to take into account the amount of roof surface that will catch rainfall. If there is too much surface or the pitch is too steep to collect properly in the gutters, we have to install larger gutters. This keeps the gutter system from being overwhelmed by water swells in heavier rainstorms.
Not only does heavy rainfall overwhelm the helmet gutter guards with water tension but, the debris follows the water and collects in those openings. It is easy to see why the guard is soon defeated. Leaf solution’s design is different. It displays a large surface for water to flow over. Unlike other surface guards though, Leaf Solution has a mesh and not just small holes. The finer mesh not only slows the water swell, it also keeps the pioneer clogging debris from entering the gutter.
Even with mesh guards, torrential rainfalls can still overwhelm the guard causing water to skim across the top. Leaf Solution has placed in it’s design, dips that act like speed bumps and create a syphon-like effect to propel the water into the gutter. Not only do the dips create a syphon effect, they also help to hold the screen to the understructure. The understructure is designed to support the mesh and provide additional water syphon abilities to the guard.
In spite of all these efforts, debris will still collect on any guard during a rainstorm. This is to be expected. Wet leaves have a tension that causes them to stick to surfaces. With other leaf guard designs, the water will quickly overwhelm the areas where the debris piles are highest and cause water to overflow the guard. The three dips across the surface of Leaf Solution offer a triple redundancy preventing the debris pile up from reflowing water runoff.
When the rainstorm has ended, the leaves will dry out and blow off the guard. If the guard is a flat laying style guard, shedding the debris becomes more difficult. Not only is the debris partially protected from the wind but is also protected against gravity shedding. Much like a roof, the material that a guard is constructed with can create farther tension and hold on to debris. Our experience with guards not properly shedding debris has caused us to remove a lot of guards from our material list.
Mesh guards offer some kind of under-mesh support or the structure would collapse in on itself. Unlike other guards, Leaf solution’s use of a diamond-shaped grid removes the disadvantage of plate supported guards. Having a plate endowed with holes is as good as not having a true mesh guard. The diamond grid allows the guard to be supported but not fail. Strength is most important in environments where winter snow and ice can put a great deal of stress on the guard.
If you are interested in installing Leaf Solution on your own home or would like to get a price quote for installing Leaf Solution, visit us at www.brothersgutters.com/ny/ and fill out your contact information or give us a call at 845-223-6111.