For anyone who has lived in a bushy area, or just somewhere there are a few trees near the house, you will know the joys of constantly having to clean your gutters. Unless you are a particularly well organised person you will generally get a reminder that they need a clean in the middle of a downpour as water comes pouring over the side of the gutters and down your wall or running under your house to your nice dry stumps.
Trees are lovely to have, but they really can cause a mess. Gutter protection systems, normally referred to as gutter guards, became popular in the second half of last century as the availability of improved plastic compounds made it more commercially viable to produce the systems that were reasonably easy to fit, were long lasting in terms of exposure to heat, sun, cold and wet, and were effective in keeping leave and debris out of gutters.
The design of these systems has continued to improve over the years to the point that they now do such a good job that you will rarely have to get on the roof again. The best systems will not only let water flow through to the gutter as normal (an obvious pre-requisite you would think, but it wasn’t always the case), but they will also lift the leaves and debris over the top of the gutter and let them fall to the ground. Nice.
If you are surrounded by trees you may be in a fire-prone area and so gutter guards are not only convenient, they are integral component of a well prepared fire resistance system for your home. Tinder dry leaves in your gutter are the perfect flammable material that will quickly ignite as embers drop around your house and the flames will get under your eaves and into the roof in no time.
I happen to have a garden shed that also has gutters and have done gutter guards on that. You may as well do any sheds or other constructions on your property, again, particularly if you are in a fire prone area.
You may also find that your home and contents insurance will be discounted if you have gutter guards installed, or indeed they may be a pre-requisite for home insurance in some areas. Best to check your policy if you do live in a fire prone area.
As well as keeping out leaves, gutter protection can also work to keep birds from getting into your roof to nest. You will want to check that the system is strong and the fixings to your roof and gutter are secure as birds will still try to get in and may damage the guards if they are not sturdy enough.
All in all, a great investment!