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Certain trees such as pine, spruces, firs, hemlock, larches, and true cedars, can give off frustrating pine needles that are a mess to clean out of the gutter. Not only do they create a slippery residue on any surface they touch but they are prickly and seem to fit into any crevasse. Pine needles can be especially dangerous when cleaning from the roof because stepping on them may pose a slip hazard. And because pine needles can “needle” their way into tight areas, they are impossible for some gutter guards to handle. In this short blog, we will explain the potential downsides to certain systems involving pine needles and the gutter guard for pine needles that you should be looking for if you have this pesky debris in your gutter.
The function of the gutter guard is straight forward, prevent debris from entering the gutter but allow enough openings to allow just the water! In the industry, we call this balance “Water Throughput” and it’s how we measure the effectiveness of the gutter guard. Simply put, how much water can we allow through the gutter guard system while minimizing the amount of debris into the gutter. Finding the balance is key to creating an effective and long-lasting gutter guard system. Some debris is easy to keep out with even your most basic gutter guards. However, some debris is quite challenging for this type of gutter guard because of the design of the water throughput channels. For example, leaves and branches may be simple to keep out of the gutter, however, with debris such as sand, grit, pollen, and pine needles, some gutter guards cannot prevent these from entering the gutter. And what happens when this debris gets into the gutter? Well as the old saying goes “out of sight, out of mind” and that is what happens when homeowners believe they have an effective gutter guard, but debris is accumulating inside their gutter. And when the gutter does finally clog there may be damage to the gutter vial corrosion or rust. So, what must be done to clean the gutter after this? The gutter guards then must be removed, the gutter cleaned and then the gutter guards reinstalled. I am sure you are saying to yourself that this sounds like quite a hassle, but there are products that prevent this entirely!
A proper gutter guard will allow for the most amount of water and prevent any debris from getting inside the gutter. This has been proven time and time again through independent studies that gutter guards with a non-corrosive fine mesh (<50 microns) will prevent small debris and pine needles from clogging the gutter and the gutter guard! At Four Seasons Gutter Filter, we have done all the analysis for you and have come up with a product that will protect your home through all four seasons! Our Number 1 rated gutter protection system can prevent water damage and keep you off the ladder! Find out more about our company, gutter guards for pine needles, and home safety tips from one of our trained estimators.