Leaf guard issues start with the very thing that each and every one of us wants to address: keeping any and all debris from getting into our gutters. Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest and are dealing with tiny fir needles, in the deep south trying to address long pine needles, up North getting frustrated cleaning around maples and oaks, trees are beautiful but dirty things to have around your home.
Trapped roof debris is an leaf guard issue whether it sits over, on or in your gutter guard. Let’s start by explaining what we mean by presenting the roof problems:
Leaf guard issues start from debris trapped on your roof
The top debris issues you’ll find with your roof relate to its slope, where your roof forms inside valleys and places where gutters end next to a taller wall.
Low pitch leaf guard issues
Low pitched roofs are more likely to collect debris. Debris will also sit longer on a low pitched roof. It makes sense, the flatter the roof the more it acts like a table or a shelf, the steeper it is, the harder it is for something to sit on it. When MasterShield dealers send an estimator to a home, we suggest they assess the roof, looking for trapped roof debris. This gives them the opportunity to let homeowners know that a gutter guard isn’t going to make the roof rid itself of these issues any faster or differently. In fact, the flatter the roof, the more likely it is that debris will sit on the gutter guard, another point the homeowner should know.
This is one of the reasons why MasterShield became the first microfiltration gutter guard to be angled like your roof. If the system is installed this way, it has the best chance of shedding debris and avoiding common leaf guard issues found in products which install flat or virtually flat. Does it happen quickly or every time it rains? No, debris moves slowly and glacier-like down your roof and over a gutter guard, so if you’re looking for a quick fix if your home collects debris on the cover, these types of leaf guard issues don’t have a quick solution.
What MasterShield will be doing will be doing is shedding as if there is no gutter on the home and not trapping all that crud in your gutters where it can be a bigger problem.
Roof Valley Leaf Guard Issues
Roof valleys create leaf guard issues because debris is more likely to build here. Airflow gets restricted in valleys, so using wind to self clean the roof typically doesn’t happen. Debris is more likely to sit on the leaf guard as well in inside valleys, causing water to overflow the leaf guard in places where a home has an inside corner. Roof valleys should be cleaned of debris on a regular basis to keep too much debris from building up, especially in the end of the spring when debris can be small, dense and remain wet longer after spring rains.
Tall Wall Leaf Guard Issues
The same issue with airflow can happen with a gutter run than ends near an exterior wall of your home. Typically, you’ll know if you have this problem if a first floor gutter wall ends near a second story wall, like when a one story garage is attached to the side of a two story house. Areas like this can have similar leaf guard issues as roof valleys where there isn’t enough airflow to blow debris away. Often, in sections of gutter that end like this, you’ll find debris splashed onto your siding, which can lead to water issues.
What you can do
The best thing to do is to monitor your roof on a regular basis. Just look up, noting any place where debris collects. If you’re still cleaning your own gutters, clean off the roof at the same time. If your roof is too steep, you may occasionally have to call in a handy man to use a leaf blower to get into your trouble spots.
Cleaning off debris trapped on your roof will solve one of many leaf guard issues. You’ll wind up with better performance from your leaf guard and, just as importantly, extend the lifetime of the roof shingles protecting your home.
You can also install a leaf guard like MasterShield, which will ensure debris rolling off your roof can never enter into your gutters–guaranteed. That’s important because if debris should sit over your leaf guard and it has an opening or gap big enough to let debris in, the spots on your roof with trapped debris will begin to cause your gutter to clog. Since this is the very problem you were trying to avoid in the first place, MasterShield is a great choice to solve that problem once and for all.
If you keep in mind is that it takes time for all leaf guard systems to shed debris, you can install a gutter guard and keep your gutter guard maintenance down to a minimum.