Gutter Guards & Screens
Des Moines, IA

If you are a homeowner, or a landlord, you probably know how important it is to have a good-quality gutter system that protects the integrity of your entire home. However, you may not like to regularly clean debris, such as leaves that fall from trees around your house, from gutters.

While all gutters require proper maintenance, if you feel like you’re cleaning out gutter debris more often than you should, it’s essential to learn about gutter guards and screens.

Signs that You Need Gutter Repair

All gutter guards/protectors and screens have the same primary function of keeping leaves and other debris out of gutters. The proper gutter guards or screens can help you extend the time between gutter cleanings.

Do you want to protect your gutters from rodent infestations in the future? Well, you’ll be happy to know that most gutter guards keep rodents and parasites out of your gutters while letting rainwater in.

However, keep in mind that even with gutter guards or screens in place, you should clean and inspect your gutters twice a year or more. These inspections ensure that any debris that finds its way through your screen or under your shield can be removed before mold begins. Regular inspections also help you spot gutter leaks before water damages your home.


These are the signs that you need your gutters repaired:

Large puddles of water by your foundation are a clear indication that you need repairs.

Leaking Gutter

Traditional gutter grates are an excellent option for many homeowners. There are many material options for gutter screens, including PVC, nylon, and various types of metals. If the main debris collects in your gutters are leaves and other large-sized materials, gutter screens with a larger mesh size will likely work well for you. However, if finer debris particles often fall into the gutters, you will need a gutter screen with a finer mesh.

Surface tension gutter guards/protectors

Unlike traditional gutter screens, surface tension gutter guards (also called gutter covers) are typically made from a piece of sturdy material, often PVC. They cover a large portion of your existing gutter, leaving only a tiny space where rainwater can enter your gutter. Debris that would typically fall into the gutters slides directly out of the gutter guards and falls to the ground.

The slope of the surface tension gutter guards should match your roof precisely to ensure that all the rain runs into the gutters and not the foundation of your home. This is why it’s crucial to have a gutter guard installed on your gutter system.


Surface tension gutter guards/protectors

If you find yourself cleaning debris from your gutters more than twice a year, gutter screens can be the solution to keep debris from entering your gutters. For more information on or to install gutter and screen protection options, contact us today. The professionals here at Gutter Cleaning Des Moines, IA are ready to help you anytime! Call us today and get a FREE quote.