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Before You Buy Gutter Guards, Review These Pros & Cons Of Installing Gutter Covers

To find the best gutter guards and leaf guards it’s important to look beyond the promises given by the company and investigate the design. For only then can you tell which is the best gutter guard.

 

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Gutter guards are advertised as being able to prevent your gutters from clogging with leaves, as well as water and debris — thus saving you from what could be a dangerous household task.

Cleaning gutters is no fun at all!

However, not everyone agrees that gutter guards are worth the cost, time, and effort to get them installed.  

Following are the pros and cons of installing gutter guards (or leaf guards, gutter covers, gutter screens, etc.) on your home…

 

Types Of Gutter Guards

The 5 main types of gutter guards are:

  • Mesh gutter guards – these metal sheets (filled with tiny holes) attach to the roof shingles and cover the gutter.
  • Reverse curve gutter guards – these position the water downward while directing the leaves to fall to the ground.
  • Bottle brush gutter guards – these are made of bristles that face upright inside the gutter. The debris rests on top while the water flows away.
  • Nylon gutter guards – these work exceptionally well in the winter due to their unique design which prevents snow from building up and freezing.
  • Foam gutter guards – these are actually made of plastic that fits directly into your gutter, helping to block the debris from going into the gutter.

Home Experts Weigh In On Gutter Guards

HGTV says you should definitely use gutter guards. They give instructions on how to install mesh type gutter guards and keep them clean… but I thought the idea was to not have to clean them!

Tom Kraeutler discusses whether or not gutter guards are worth the cost. While gutter guards are not necessarily maintenance free, he feels that they can lessen the amount of labor and possibly prevent unnecessary falls.

 

According to Tim Carter at Ask The Builder, the effectiveness of gutter guards is questionable at best: 

All of the products do an excellent job of prohibiting full sized leaves from entering your gutters. That is a simple task. However, many of the gutter cover products fail to stop tiny tree flower buds, seed pods and evergreen needles from entering gutters. — Tim Carter, Ask The Builder

The good news is that after 10 years of research and lots of personal trial and error, he has finally found a gutter guard that he feels comfortable recommending.  His pick for the best gutter guard system is MasterShield.

 

Pros & Cons Of Using Gutter Guards

So, what should you do?

If you want to spend less time cleaning gutters, then yes – gutter guards are definitely something that should be considered.

Just don’t expect that they will be maintenance free.

Some debris will inevitably collect on top of the gutter guards themselves. However, it should be much easier and quicker to clean it off the top than to dig into clogged gutters to remove handfuls of leaves, seeds, and twigs. That said, some gutter guard  …

 

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