What makes it stand out from any other mesh gutter guard? – Part 4 Install
In this part of our Leaf Solution guide, we will educate and inform about the techniques of installing and how they impact the effectiveness of the guard.
In order to comply with the warranty and guarantees of their gutter guard product, manufacturers will require the product to be installed by certified professionals. There is a reason for this beyond proper installation technique. A trained gutter professional will be aware of the challenges and hidden trouble spots of an install that a typical unprofessional would not be. We face them in every installation of gutter guards. Some of the trouble spots we experience are:
- Gutter length – fitting the guard to the gutter requires trimming
- Tension – Kissing the guards together without overlapping
- Co-habitat – needs to install without effecting the guard or roof negatively
Whenever guards are demonstrated showcasing their structural strength, a large section is used for demonstration. Would a shorter piece retain the same rigidity necessary to withstand the stress the guard will face? There is no standard in gutter length since there is no standard in roof designs. When we install guards, the install requires us to cut pieces to fit. Guards that are trimmed down to a smaller size will loose a lot of structural integrity. Some guards won’t even be able to be installed because of supporting brackets needed for the install. Because Leaf Solution does not use brackets, it can be installed using shorter pieces. The guard still retains its rigidity because of the design of the guard allowing it to have the support. Our installers still plan ahead to avoid installing pieces that are too small to perform.
Because effective seamless guards are not yet on the market, installing guards requires proper techniques to keep the debris out. Guards are installed in pieces lying right next to each other so tight that debris cannot get through. To get them to lie this tight, we create a little tension to help it kiss the other guard. It is important to have them kiss properly to create the tension but not overlap. Overlapping guards will not only look bad, they will enable other problems that will cause the guards to fail over time. All these installation steps are necessary for the guard to perform properly.
Installing onto a corner requires techniques different from installing on straight gutter runs. We have experienced callbacks on the corners because of the amount of water flowing off the roof at this point and the way the valley collects debris. To compensate, we either have to install a diverter or install a corner miter. Leaf Solution has created a corner miter that opens the surface area necessary to catch the water.
Installing a guard under the shingles is the single best way we have discovered to resolve a lot of conflicts. Not only does it help in shedding, it protects the fascia. The ability to use the roof as a support removes the need for support brackets. That allows the gutter to flow better. A guard cannot be so thick that the shingles are pushed up or it creates a diving board effect. When water flows off the edge of the roof, it is propelled off the guard. We also don’t want the opposite effect causing the guard to flex down from the stress. Leaf Solution’s rigid aluminum understructure enables it to remain unstressed but is thin enough to slide under the shingles.
Without the experience to back the installation, most of these techniques are never applied or considered by an untrained professional. When your product’s warranty and guarantee are on the line, it is good to have a trained professional who knows how a product is supposed to perform so that the problems are quickly resolved. Check out our various reviews for installs on Angie’s List, Guild Quality, Kudzu and others. Then call us or contact us at BrothersGutters.com for a quote on your Leaf Solution job.