What’s Worse for Gutters: Spring Debris or Fall Leaves?

spring debris

When people think about gutter guards, do they think about what’s worse for their gutters? Is it leaves that fall off trees in the fall? Or is spring debris worse for your gutters?

While you may be surprised to find out – spring debris is a more troublesome culprit for causing gutters leaf clogs and the type of debris that makes most gutter guards fail. It’s also why you need a micro mesh gutter guard like MasterShield – our patented microfilter and HydroVortex technology can end this debate for good since our system allows nothing bigger than 50 microns to enter the gutter below.

Spring Debris or Fall Leaves?

Gutter CleaningSpring debris is pollen, seed husks, seeds, oak tassels, maple seeds (helicopters): all the things a tree throws off to repopulate, replant and reproduce. Their contribution in the gutters leaf vs. Spring debris debate is the small stuff that easily decays, turning to a mulch-like residue that collects in your gutters. If you have traditional gutter guards, this Spring debris easily gets into the gutter because traditional gutter guards fail in the rain: debris collects in rainwater and follows water and the surface it travels – right around most curved systems into the gutter below. Unless there is a torrential rain, most of this debris remains in the gutter. This is a quick set up for a potential clog or dam to create a water pool that a squirrel, bird or mosquitoes might find attractive to drink or to nest in. We’ll save the implications for having this debris go into your underground drains for another post.

Leaves are lighter, and when there is no rain, are more likely to blow off a gutter guard when conditions are dry. MasterShield works when it’s dry or wet, exactly what you’d expect a gutter guard to do.

Think about taking care of your gutters and installing MasterShield micro mesh gutter guards before the Spring debris has a chance to fall.