Blocked gutters are a nuisance. You can save yourself the hassle of climbing a ladder to clear out the built-up debris and gunk by installing gutter guards. Take this quiz to learn more about different types of gutter guards and see which is best for you.
1. In what season are your gutters most likely to become blocked?
Answer: Even if you have gutter guards, you should still check your gutters for debris, especially in autumn when the trees are shedding their leaves. Snow and ice can also block gutters in the winter. (a)
2. How useful are gutter guards?
a. They totally eliminate the need to clean the gutters.
b. They reduce the number of times you need to clean the gutters.
c. They make your gutters resistant to only large twigs.
Answer: Although gutter guards cannot guarantee complete protection from blocked gutters, they’ll reduce the number of times your gutters will need cleaning. (b)
3. What size holes are recommended on a mesh gutter guard?
Answer: Small holes are less likely to get clogged with debris. (a)
4. How does a bottle brush gutter guard stop debris from entering the gutter?
a. The bristles catch debris.
b. The bristles scare away birds.
c. The bristles clean out the built-up debris in the gutter.
Answer: The bristles on a bottle brush gutter guard face upright so that debris can land on them while water flows through them. (a)
5. When are nylon gutter guards especially useful?
Answer: Nylon gutter guards help to prevent snow and ice collecting in the gutter during the winter. (b)
6. Where do “non-gutters” get their name from?
a. They replace the gutter
b. They hide the gutter
c. They don’t actually attach to the gutter
Answer: Non-gutter covers replace the gutter with a louvered system that diverts rain off the roof. A lot of rain will bypass the gutter, hence the name “non-gutter cover.” (a)
7. What material can be fit into the gutter to prevent debris from entering?
a. Cotton balls
Answer: Foam gutter guards fit directly into the gutter. They block debris from entering while allowing water to soak through. (c)