Gutter Dome

Prevent Leaves, Pine Needles and other Debris from Clogging your Rain Gutters by Using Gutter Shields

By Mark J. Donovan

If you have rain gutters without gutter domes installed on top of them you’re probably finding yourself several times a year cleaning and unclogging them. Even worse, if your rain gutters are uncovered and you’re not cleaning them out regularly you may be exposing your home’s fascia and soffit boards to water damage and mold growth. Also, in colder climates, rain gutters without gutter shields, and that are not cleaned out regularly, can lead to major ice dams and gutter and roof damage during the winter months.

Clogged gutters can also lead to erosion around the foundation and even basement water problems. Living in New Hampshire I’ve personally seen many of these types of problems with uncovered and clogged rain gutters.

Not only is cleaning out gutters a time consuming process, it’s also a dirty business and dangerous. By installing gutter domes on top of your rain gutter system you can prevent from having to deal with these hassles and risks.

Gutter shields or gutter domes are also easy to install. Gutter shields simply slide up underneath the bottom row of shingles and are held into place over the rain gutters with self drilling screws that screw into the outer surface area of the gutters.

GutterDome, Inc. for example offers a gutter shield product that can be used on wood, plastic, vinyl, galvanized steel, copper or aluminum gutters.

Installing gutters

Their gutter dome product also fits on various shapes and rain gutter widths including 4-5 inch and 6-7 inch wide gutters.

In addition, their gutter dome product is manufactured out of surgical grade stainless steel so it won’t rust.

With gutter shields the only maintenance required is to occasionally hose or blow off any residual debris that may adhere to the top surface of the gutter domes. And, if for any reason you still need or feel compelled to clean the rain gutters, all you need to do is grab a screwdriver and remove the few screws that hold the gutter domes in place.

So stop climbing ladders to dig out water soaked leaves and pine needles from your rain gutters and install gutter domes.

You’ll save yourself time and money in the long run and even more importantly protect one of your biggest financial investments, your home.

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