How to Prepare Your Gutter Guard for a Hurricane

So, we’ve got you ready for the impending hurricane, now we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got your gutter guard ready, too. While you’ve still got a few hours before the storm hits, here’s what you should do:Hurricane Strong Wind MasterShield

  1. Take a walkabout! Go around your house and make sure that the gutter guard panels are installed evenly along the gutter run. If one panel is higher than another, wind can lift them and blow them right off your home.
  2. It’s not all the same in the end. If a gutter guard system isn’t enclosed at the ends, winds blowing in can get in from the side and again, blow them off the house. When wind blows in from the end, it’s also more likely to rip or lift off your roof shingles.
  3. Incoming! Be wary if you have extra thick gutter guards like Gutterglove. They could become a deadly projectile if they were to come off your gutters and hit something.
  4. If your protected gutters do start to overflow, it may not be a failure of the gutter guard, but the fact that the gutter below is not sufficient to handle the volume of water from the storm. Few gutters can handle more than 6 inches of rainfall an hour (that’s what building code says a gutter has to be able to handle, not us). It will be hard to tell, but water could pour out from under the gutter guard!
  5. Move ’em out! Downspouts should extend out at least 5 feet so that water is less likely to seep into your basement. If you’ve had a problem in the past, consider buying extentions for your downspouts to move the water out even further into your yard under these conditions. You’ll also want to watch your basement carefully and stay on top of any water that may get in.
  6. If your gutter guard has an insertable filter ensure that the filter is properly caulked or sealed in place, any horizontal wind or rain can cause it to dislodge.
  7. Pitch it with the roof! This is not a good time to have a flat gutter guard. Wind blown water will want to splash off their flat surface and therefore are more likely to soak the underside of plywood subroof and cause it to start to delaminate. You’ll want to check that this damage has been kept to a minimum after the storm.

That’s it! You’ll be as prepared as you can be for Hurricane Irene or whatever hurricane makes landfall in the future. We at MasterShield hope that everyone is safe this weekend, has minimal power outages, and that the storm we’re all bracing for is not as harsh as we’re all planning for it to be.

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