While metal gutter guards work well on some roofs, plastic meshes are also a good option. However, it's important to choose a quality plastic, such as one made of polyethylene. What are the advantages of installing a polyethylene gutter mesh?
1. Get a Mesh Guard That Lasts Longer
Cheap plastic gutter meshes do a good job to start with. However, these products don't usually stand the test of time. Some plastics don't have the strength to cope with damage. They might bend or break if they are hit by a hard or heavy flying object. They can also suffer from weather damage. For example, they might not stay in place in high winds. Long-term exposure to the sun can also degrade their strength and alter their shape. They might buckle up or down in the sun. Or, they might turn hard and snap too easily.
A polyethylene mesh has all the benefits of other plastic guards; however, it will last a lot longer. Polyethylene is stronger than cheaper plastics. It can take more impact without breaking. These meshes are also better able to cope with the weather. Polyethylene's higher strength helps it cope with windy conditions. It is more UV-resistant than other plastics, so it won't fade, lose shape or turn brittle in the sun. These gutter guards just last longer.
2. Get a Safer Guard For a Metal Roof
If you have a metal roof on your home, then you have to make sure that it isn't exposed to corrosion and rust. While the roof itself should have some in-built protection, it, and its gutters, might get damaged if they come into contact with corroded or rusty metal.
This sometimes happens if you install metal mesh guards which then rust as they age. This rust might spread to your gutters and roof. If you install polyethylene products, then rust isn't an issue. Plastic doesn't corrode. You can use these gutter meshes safely on both metal gutters and roofs.
3. Get Cost-Effective Protection
While you might be tempted to buy cheap plastic or metal gutter guards, you might not save as much money as you think. Cheaper products aren't likely to last as long as higher-quality ones. You'll have to replace them more often. The more guards you have to buy, the higher your overall spend will be.
Polyethylene meshes are more expensive than cheap products; however, they will last longer before they need replacement. You pay a little more to start with but save money in the long run.
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