Fire and Water Protection



Water – your home’s worst enemy.

And clogged, overflowing gutters are the main culprit. Dry rot, mold and mildew…it will literally destroy your home, top to bottom, from the rafter to the foundation! Plus, mosquitoes love standing water. And we all know what that tiny little insect is capable of.

Fire – leaf-filled gutters can become a tinderbox!

If you live in an area at risk for fire, you have to be extra-careful about keeping your roof and gutters clean. Screens and cover devices don’t really help either. They simply form a flat shelf at the edge of your roof, allowing all kinds of flammable debris to build up and pile up on your roof. Just one little tiny burning ember floating by can settle and ignite.

New building codes require gutter protection. Fire officials have even addressed the danger posed by open-top gutters. In wildland-urban interface areas, new building standards issued by the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection and Office of the State Fire Marshall now require gutter protection on newly constructed homes. And, in some counties, gutter protection is required when you re-roof.

704A.1.5 Roof Gutters. Roof gutters shall be provided with the means to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris in the gutter.

Snow – not a problem for Byers’ LeafGuard gutters!

With conventional gutters, snow and ice will build up, eventually prying the gutters loose. Ice dams form, too, causing water to back up underneath your roof. In snow country, our infamous “Sierra cement” has little effect on Byers’ LeafGuard systems, even in the heaviest winters. Even in good old Soda Springs struggling through 400 inches of snow annually, Byers’ LeafGuard gutters keep on working with a little help from heat tape.