Expanded Metal Makes Ideal Gutter Guards
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:54
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Directing rainwater away from your home is an important part of keeping it free of leaks, preventing erosion of your foundation, and keeping the paint on your home intact. The gutters installed on most homes collect water and divert it into a drain, but because the gutter is a trough, it is also a handy collection place for leaves and debris that blocks water flow.

Many homeowners try to keep their gutters working at top efficiency with gutter guards, and a whole industry has sprung up to install them. What is the best type of gutter guard to use? With many competitive products made of PVC, perforated metal, micro mesh, expanded metal, and foam, the best choice for gutter guards is expanded metal.

An Icy Dilemma

Although there are many very expensive systems on the market, expanded metal products are both the least expensive and most effective. Made with a process that leaves the metal very strong, expanded metal gutter guards perform well even when heavy ice and snow threatens your home.

As many people learned the hard way over the last few harsh winters, melting snow can refreeze at the bottom of the roof near your gutters. The gutters will fill-up with snow, if it can get past the gutter guards, while additional snow will accumulate on top of the guards. As temperatures move above freezing, the ideal gutter guard will facilitate the movement of melting snow and ice, so that the water moves toward the drain. Not all types of gutter guards did an effective job; plastic broke and perforated metal buckled under the weight.

How Gutter Guards Perform

While some gutter guards are more like a box that covers the gutter, most types screen debris through holes in the metal or plastic.

  • Plastic mesh, when new, can be effective in blocking debris and holds up to ice and snow, which easily melt away from the material. This type of screening is often sold to DIYers and is not as durable as other types of material.
  • Perforated metal, made by stamping holes in a metal sheet, also can weaken in time, as the manufacturing process removes metal, which affects the structural integrity. Perforated metal systems might not withstand the weight of ice and snow.
  • Micro mesh, considered an effective guard material, is metal that is woven into a mesh screen. It is very effective in blocking leaves, needles, and other debris. In the winter, it can easily accommodate melted ice and snow, especially if properly installed so the surface has good exposure to the sun. Over time, the tiny holes in the mesh can become blocked, so its effectiveness can diminish.
  • Expanded metal looks similar to mesh with larger holes. These holes are created by slitting a sheet of metal, stretching it out so that the pattern is typically diamond shaped, and flattening it. Although the holes can be any size, the configuration for gutters is sufficient to keep out leaves, branches, pine cones, toys, and other things that find their way into gutters. The holes are also large enough to make it easy to clean the gutters with a garden hose with a guard in place. It performs well in the winter, as its black coating and porous surface help ice and snow quickly melt from the surface. In tests performed by a leading gutter expert, expanded metal did better than many top name micro mesh alternatives.

Many types of gutter guard products do an adequate job in filtering leaves and debris and managing ice and snow, at least for a time. Expanded metal is shown itself to be a superior solution for the long term in both cases.

Adame Expanded Metal Solutions

The effectiveness of expanded metal in the gutter guard industry is impressive. As a provider of equipment and engineering expertise in expanded metal applications, Adame EM Solutions is happy to consult with you about ways to apply our technology to your business. Contact us today for turnkey solutions, equipment, and design service.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:59