Frequently Asked Questions
How Do LeafGuard® Gutters Work?
The unique one-piece gutter hood design by LeafGuard® utilizes the principle of liquid adhesion to allow rainwater to cling to the gutter hood and fall into the gutter trough. The narrow opening between the hood and bottom keeps debris out.
Why Is the LeafGuard® Gutter’s One-Piece Construction Important?
The LeafGuard® one-piece gutter system attaches to your fascia board, not under your shingles, thus never voiding your roof warranty. Its protective baffle also eliminates the possibility of debris entering the gutter from behind – a common problem with multi-piece gutters and leaf-shedding covers.
How Sturdy Are the LeafGuard® Seamless Gutters?
The LeafGuard® gutter system uses .032 gauge aluminum, which is approximately 20% thicker than conventional gutters. It is also attached to the fascia board approximately every two feet with internal hanging brackets, unlike conventional gutters that are attached with spikes that can come loose.
What Are the LeafGuard® Gutters Constructed Of?
LeafGuard® is a seamless, one-piece aluminum gutter system. It will never rust or deteriorate like some galvanized steel gutters.
What Do LeafGuard® Gutters Cost?
LeafGuard® gutters are extremely affordable and valuable investment in the protection of your home. Contact LeafGuard® of Indiana & Michigan for a free, no-obligation estimate.
What Is the LeafGuard® Gutter Guarantee?
The LeafGuard® gutter system is guaranteed not to clog with leaves, pine needles or other organic debris for as long as you own your home or LeafGuard® of Indiana will clean or repair it for free.
In What Lengths Are LeafGuard® Gutters Available?
LeafGuard® seamless gutters are roll-formed to custom lengths at your home or on the job site by a mobile gutter machine.
Is My Roof Too Steep for the LeafGuard® Gutter System?
The LeafGuard® seamless gutter system works well no matter what the pitch of your roof. In fact, the steeper the roof, the better the performance.
Will LeafGuard® Keep Pine Needles out of My Gutters?
The LeafGuard® gutter system works great with pine needles, leaves, and other organic debris.
Will a LeafGuard® Gutter Handle a Heavy Rain or Downpour?
In a simulated laboratory test, LeafGuard® gutters were able to handle 32 inches of rain per hour – over three times the heaviest rainfall ever recorded by the U.S. Weather Bureau. It will catch rainwater, but will NEVER clog.
Will LeafGuard® Gutters Alter the Appearance of My House?
The attractive LeafGuard® design enhances the look of your home and comes in a wide variety of colors to complement its design.
How Do I Get More Information on Englert LeafGuard®?
For more information on LeafGuard® gutter systems or any of your guttering needs, call LeafGuard® of Indiana & Michigan.
What Is an Ice Dam?
Ice dams form when snow or ice melt on a roof over a heated or partially heated attic space. The melting water that results may re-freeze over an unheated area such as a roof overhang. This re-frozen water can create a blockage or dam, forcing additional meltwater to back up under shingles or re-freeze on colder surfaces like overhangs, gutters, and gutter covers, causing leaks or icicles.
What Causes Ice Dams?
Several factors contribute to the forming of ice dams on a roof. The primary cause, however, is poor attic insulation and ventilation. This causes ice and snow to melt as a result of heat radiating from underneath the roof and then freezing again once the run-off water reaches a colder surface area such as an overhang, a gutter cover or a leaf protection system. This process can lead to the forming of icicles on these surfaces.
To learn more about what causes ice dams and icicles you can visit the Energy Star website at: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_solutions.hm_improvement_icedams
Or you can read the University of Minnesota study and report on ice dams at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/housingandclothing/DK1068.html
Will LeafGuard® Gutters Prevent Ice Dams or Icicles from Forming?
LeafGuard® gutters will neither prevent nor cause the ice dams that can create icicles. However, the patented one-piece hooded gutter system design by LeafGuard® eliminates the possibility of ice accumulation that can occur inside regular gutters, causing gutter hangers to loosen and gutters to break away from the house. No other gutter protection system will effectively eliminate ice dams or prevent icicles from forming.
How Can I Prevent Ice Dams and Icicles?
Several suggestions can lead to minimizing or eliminating the possibility of ice dams and icicles. First, ensure that your house has proper roof ventilation and insulation. If warm air is escaping from inside your home and heating your roof, there is a very good chance that ice dams and icicles may form. Secondly, there are a variety of products, such as heating cables, designed to minimize the forming of icicles. We recommend that you educate yourself on the various heating options available and then choose a reputable electrician and contractor to install the product you select.