It's tempting to believe that a simple plastic mesh that sells for $4 per 20 foot (6.1 metre) roll can do the job, but this just isn't the case. The openings in these products are much too large. Debris can get inside and leaves get stuck, which can clog the gutters and turn into fertile soil for plants to grow in. Moreover, these products are not rigid so they bend under snow and ice. In short, these products will still force you to periodically climb a ladder to clear out your gutters.
Even if all the perforations get covered—which never happens because the wind sweeps away leaves and debris—Alu-Rex products can drain up to three times the quantity of water ever recorded in the heaviest rainstorm. How? Because wet leaves remain permeable. Water still gets between the leaves—and even through them—to drain into the gutter. The water always finds its way into the holes. What's more, the exclusive design of Alu-Rex products features an approximately 0.4 in. (1 cm) deep basin. Testing in the lab and in the field has shown this to be the right depth to catch more water without stopping the wind from doing its job of sweeping away leaves, pine needles, and debris from the surface. Beware of look-alike products that are completely flat. Water can overflow when products are not equipped with a basin.
The exclusive Alu-Perf technology is the result of extensive research and development. The product has 489 holes every 19 inches (48 cm). This allows water to drain at the same rate as a 2 in. x 3 in. (5 cm x 7.5 cm) downspout. Rigorous testing by an independent certification agency has proven that Alu-Rex products can drain over 32.9 in. (836 mm) of water an hour over a length of 20 feet (6 m). And with 44,000,000 feet (13,411,200 metres) of Alu-Rex products installed around the world, the figures speak for themselves... Note: The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded worldwide was 12 in. (305 mm) of water in one hour (Holt, MO, 1947). In comparison, the 1996 Saguenay Flood in Quebec was triggered by 11 in. (275 mm) of rain in three days. Alu-Rex products would have been able to handle all that rain in just one hour—and three times more! Overflow is usually caused by the gutters themselves (not wide enough or deep enough for the roof surface) or the downspouts (insufficient number for the roof's surface). It is important to make sure there are enough downspouts to avoid this problem. For this purpose, you need to keep in mind that one downspout is enough to drain the equivalent of a 600 sq. ft. (56 m2) roof. In short, if you don't have backflow problems with your current gutters in heavy rainfalls, the Gutter Clean System® and Fixa-Tech® won't create them.
The Gutter Clean System® and Fixa-Tech® are among the most efficient gutter protection systems on the market today. In the vast majority of cases, a light breeze is enough to sweep away normal debris. In areas under the roof or under shallow overhangs on sloped roofs, debris may build up where the wind cannot reach it. We recommend that you occasionally clean out these areas to keep your Alu-Rex products in good working order.
The Gutter Clean System® is an gutter protection system that prevents leaves and debris from getting in and clogging the existing gutters. This product is simply placed on your home's existing gutters. Fixa-Tech® is a continuous fastening system for new gutters that very securely fastens gutters to your home, making them 50% stronger than traditional systems. Both products use the same Alu-Perf technology, which prevents leaves and debris from building up in your gutters.
Spikes, screws, and hangers provide a certain degree of strength, but only over a few inches to either side of them. The spaces between the spikes/screws/hangers are weak. With Fixa-Tech®, your gutter is equally solid across its entire length. There are no weak spots.
It may seem unnecessary to use the Fixa-Tech® continuous gutter fastening system if there are no trees around your home. But Fixa-Tech's main strengths are its robustness, strength, durability, and quality. With Fixa-Tech®, your gutters will be stronger and more durable than any others. New trees may grow... and your gutters will still be in perfect condition after 25, 30, and even 40 years! People who buy the Fixa-Tech® system want what's best for their gutters, just as they do for their doors, windows, and all other components of their home.
The maximum weight your gutter can bear with Fixa-Tech® is 250 lb. per linear foot (373 kg per linear metre). That's 50% stronger than with spikes or hangers.
No. Alu-Rex products do not cause any leaks. No shingles are raised and no nails or screws go into the roof during installation. Beware of look-alike products that require you to lift the shingles. These products can lead to leaks. In time, the asphalt shingles dry out and become brittle. It's never a good idea to lift shingles when installing gutter protections systems, whether they're nailed in, screwed on, or simply set in place. Also, the manufacturer's warranty on asphalt shingles is void if the shingles are lifted, peeled away, or modified.
Not at all! Water continuously drains into the downspout because nothing—neither debris nor snow—will block it from draining. With Alu-Rex products and the Alu-Perf technology, your gutters work all year round. Alu-Rex products do not cause ice formation. If ice forms on the edge of the roof, we recommend that you check if the attic space is adequately ventilated and insulated.
Alu-Rex products significantly reduce the weight of snow on your gutters. Since the snow can't get into the gutters, the weight they have to carry is limited to that which accumulates on top of Alu-Rex products. What's more, the gutters remain fully functional so water from melting snow and ice can drain away freely. Without Alu-Rex products, the gutters—already clogged with leaves and debris—fill up with snow and ice, which keeps them from doing their job and draining water away in spring. Plus they have to bear more weight.