Keeping gutters clean is an essential part of homeowner maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause damage to roofs, windows, doors, foundations, and landscaping. Welte Roofing Company, Pittsburgh’s leading roof, and repair specialist recommends periodically cleaning out your gutters over installing gutter screens or covers. But, in heavily wooded areas, especially in western Pennsylvania, sometimes this is not an option. Therefore, it may be necessary to consider gutter screening.
There are three main types of gutter screenings/coverings—full covers, wire brushes, and gutter screens. Depending on your needs, you will want to evaluate the pros and cons of each.
You may have seen these being advertised on TV or being sold at mall kiosks. Full covers tend to be proprietary systems, like “Gutter Helmet” or Leaf Guard”. As the name suggests, they completely cover the gutter and they have a patented design that allows water to drain around, under the cover and into the gutter.
These cylinder shaped brushes placed into the gutter look like giant pipe cleaners.
Gutter screens are literally screens that sit over your gutters. They either lie on top, clip-on or attach to the gutter and have holes that allow water to pass while preventing debris from entering the gutter. There are many styles and materials available, but they all work about the same.
If a screen is needed, Welte Roofing Company generally recommends an aluminum “drop-in” gutter screen. They come in 3-foot sections and snap into the top of the gutter. Made of aluminum, they do not rust and they last through Pittsburgh winters. The screen on them is small enough to prevent large debris and leaves from passing. They are easy to install and easy to remove if your gutters need to be serviced or repaired.
Welte Roofing Company, family-owned and operated since 1946, offers a fall and spring maintenance program that includes cleaning of gutters & downspouts, visually inspecting the roof, repairing of minor slate/tile/shingle damage and tightening flashings. With an annual maintenance program, your gutters are kept clean, while onsite professionals assess any needed repairs before and after the winters in Pittsburgh. To speak to our team about gutter service or repair, call 412-341-9400. For more information on our maintenance program, click here [link to maintenance program page on site].
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We offer the convenience of a Fall and Spring maintenance program to make sure your roof is ready for the Winter and secure in the Spring.
If you spring a leak or are experiencing issues with your roof system, we run repair service year-round (weather permitting) to get you squared away.
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