Gutter protection or gutter guards help to keep your gutters working more effectively and help to prolong their life expectancy. By keeping leaves and other debris out of your gutters, these guards ensure that you are not experiencing build-up of water or other potentially damaging materials. Gutter guards work by forcing leaves and other debris to the ground while water continues its flow over and around the nose of the guard into the downspout. The nose of the gutter guard extends past the lip of the gutter so that there are no vertical openings for leaves, pine needles, acorns or other debris to enter the gutter. Some have ribbed designs which will slow and spread your water flow causing it to sheet instead of bead. This adds to the benefit of installing gutter guards because it ensures that the water is quickly dispensed into the downspout and out of the gutter system. When they are installed correctly, gutter guards can support the heaviest rain and snow storms. Gutter guards can be found in a wide range of styles and colors so matching them to your existing gutters should not be a problem.