Ask the Engineer About Foam Inserts As a Gutter Guard
For a moment pretend that you are a blossom. You and thousands of your blossom buddies fall onto a gutter that is filled with a foam insert. Both you and all your friends are beautiful blossoms, however, your reign as a blossom is nearing an end. Why?
It’s because you’ve been knocked off by some ferocious rain drops or your time as a blossom has expired. Point is that you are now laying on top of a foam insert–a cushion of sorts. But you really don’t need a cushion since you are so light in weight.
Now what’s in store for you? Are you going to be blown away? Or will you be gutter guards and drop to earth? Or maybe stepped on by a raccoon, squirrel, or a bird?
Let’s remember that foam makes and excellent mattress. But what about the wind? Is it going to lift you off this comfortable mattress and set you air born once again? Think for a moment, how might this occur? Remember that you are right on top of the gutter lying on this comfortable cushion. Any wind whipping down the roof will simply overshoot the gutter and go off into space. The wind blowing into the roof and gutter will knock you backward to the back of the gutter.
Wind whipping along the gutter will simply blow you toward the other end of the gutter–maybe a couple of your buddies will get air born, but I’m afraid you’re stuck there in the gutter. And if you’ve been wetted by a few rain drops there’s no fluff in you to sail away–you’re just a soggy mess. And after you dry, you’ve been flattened on the comfortable mattress. What’s in store for you next? Answer: you shall dry, break into many small pieces and accumulate on this comfortable mattress. In time many of your friends will come to your party and all of your together will just shut all holes and openings in the foam and keep rain water from getting into the gutter.
So if you ask the engineer about foam inserts–forget about them. Is it possible gutter guards services in the Fall will behave differently? Don’t think so. It will simply be more of you accumulating quicker.