Gutter Mesh – An Effective Leaf Protection Option

What is Gutter Mesh? Gutter mesh is a cost effective alternative to traditional wooden gutter covers. Many individuals are turning to gutter mesh as a more effective way to protect their gutters from leaves, twigs, and other debris that often collect in the gutters on their roofs. Gutter mesh is usually made of lightweight plastic, vinyl or stainless steel wire. A typical gutter mesh material used for a residential gutter cover is stainless steel. There are many different brands, styles and colors to choose from, all it takes is a little research and patience to locate the perfect gutter mesh for your home and/or business.


The thickness of the gutter mesh you select will depend on the size and type of the gutter you are covering. This is particularly true if the gutter mesh you are considering is to be placed below a wooden gutter. The diameter of the gutters will determine the thickness of the plastic gutter mesh you need to purchase. Most gutters range in size from four inches to eighteen inches; however the thickness of the materials will also factor into the decision.


The first step in determining the correct gutter mesh for your home or business is to measure the width and length of your roof. Next you will want to visit your local Home Depot or Lowes outlet and measure the inside dimensions of the gutter system you will be installing. You can find this information in the Owner’s Manual that came with the house or in the installation manual. Make sure you note the exact measurements of the inside of your roof so you do not cut any holes in the walls of the home or cut any shingles or tiles.


Once you have the measurements of the gutters themselves, it is time to consider the different types of materials that are available. One of the most popular and effective ways to prevent debris from getting clogged in the gutter is with seamless gutters. Seamless gutters prevent debris from getting into the system by having no seams on the outside.


Many people prefer seamless gutters because they are simple to install. Any homeowner who has experience installing gutters will easily install a seamless design. When the water from the roof goes down into the gutters, the debris is forced to go over the edge of the smooth surface. However, this method does require more attention to the proper level of the roof. The smoother the surface, the easier the debris gets stuck. If you notice a clog developing before the leaves start to pour, it is time to replace the gutters with new ones.


Seamless gutter mesh can be used with either a hinged or sliding system. These systems allow for easy installation. They also provide better leaf protection and perform better than other options. These gutter mesh products can also double as an effective screen. If you are looking for an effective way to prevent leaves and other debris from getting inside your gutter system, make sure to consider adding this type to your home’s roof.