I live in the city and the back of my house is 6' from the property line, and my neighbor's fence. On their side of the fence is a huge tulip tree, which has huge leaves, and every Fall, many of their leaves, end up in my gutter... the pic shows how large these leaves are compared to a normal size leaf. Plus the tulip tree has alot of other debris, similar to the 'whirly-birds' from maple trees....and these really clog up my gutters.
So, I decided to get pro-active and install gutter guards that I bought at Ace Hardware, figuring this would be the last Fall, that I would have to drag out the extention ladder.....yeah right.
Last week, after it rained, I could hear something drip, drip, dripping on my aluminum window awnings, and it wasn't like the normal pitter-patter of rain.
When I went outside, it seemed that the water was coming off the roof, rolling across the gutter guard and over the edge of the gutter, instead of the water going through the holes in the guard, into the gutter.
At this point, I figured that when it rained, I would just put up with the annoying dripping sound...annoying, very similar to a drippy bathroom faucet in the middle of the night....because these gutter guards are keeping those leaves out of my gutter!!!
My mind was only working in Fall Yard Work mode....not Winter mode.
Well, today it snowed for the 1st time this fall/winter season. Again I heard the drip, drip, drip on my aluminum awnings. Upon examination, I found this "accident waiting to happen".....
I took one look at those mini icicles and my mind immediately went to....the middle of winter....mamouth icicles pulling the gutter OFF my house.... and then the falling mamouth icicles + gutters....pulling the awnings OFF the house....probably in the middle of the night.
Now, I have to climb back up on the extention ladder, that I didn't want to haul out again, and remove the gutter guards and just put up with the leaves.....OR.....can anyone think of a way I might be able to adjust or alter the gutter guards, so that they work better????