The unsung hero of the home in fire and water—gutter guards.
Many homeowners think only of gutter guards as there to manage rainfall by directing the water away from the structure, however, they too can catch debris including leaves and pine needles—perfect fuel starter material—and can easily ignite and spread fire to your roof. The maintenance of your home’s gutters play a vital role in keeping it safe from a wildfire.
Installing gutter guards is a doable weekend DIY project and come with a BONUS. Taking the time to install them not only saves you the hassle of not having to clean the debris out your gutters, but they also reduce the chances of a wildfire spreading onto your roof.
First, it is important to understand the different types of gutter guards.
- Plastic or metal screens are the most common option, but metal screens offer the most protection as they’re more fire resistant.
- Surface-tension guards are more challenging to install, but they’re long-lasting and require little maintenance once in place.
Here’s how to install fine-mesh gutter guards:
- Step 1: Clip the screen’s lip to the front of the gutter.
- Step 2: Slide the backside of the screen under your roof’s shingles.
- Step 3: Repeat the process until gutter is covered from end to end. (NOTE: Overlap mesh sections by at least half an inch.)
The tools needed may vary based on the type of guard. You can count on needing a ladder, measuring tape and a cordless power drill to get the job done.
If you haven’t installed gutter guards yet, make a plan this weekend to get the job done. Remember – this is a simple way to protect your home.