Leaf Guard & Similar

What has been the experience with Leaf Guard and similar gutter systems? I don't doubt that they do what they promise...keep leaves and debris out. What I question is whether the water will go in as it is supposed to.
The water is supposed to cling to the curving top and enter the gutter while the leaves just continue over and fall to the ground. Seems to me that in a heavy rain the water will just go flying over the edge, too. That would defeat the purpose of having gutters in the first place. What's the truth?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

They can take a lot of rain - so that shouldn't be your concern. They also do a great job keeping leaves and even pine needles out. Their weak spots are that they don't deal well with a large volume of channeled water (coming from a valley), and they tend to develop large icicles which can be problematic over doorways and such.
R
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 5/6/2012 7:02 PM, RicodJour wrote:
...

...
Neighbors w/ them (not sure which of the multiple varieties, but I've heard it about all) took them off after a few years--they would clog on the maple "propellers" and oak flowering detritus in E TN to the point of clogging entirely. In that neighborhood area the pines weren't dominant so can't comment on the efficacy w/ them.
--
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I have a similar system on my gutters. I have gutters on four sides due to the shape of the roof. Had the gutter system for about 14 years. It does an excellent job. No leaves in the gutters and they drain well.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
RobertPatrick wrote:

I'm curious if you ever watched it during a deluge. It just seems surprising that large amounts of water would make those turns as opposed to just flying off the roof. But maybe they do.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Steve,


I have the "Gutter Stuff" foam filters in my gutters, and used screened covers before that. So far the foam filters have been working better than the screens did. The screens would fill up with pine needles, then water would pour right over the outside edge. I still get build up on the foam filters, but water is able to drain through into the gutters.
Both systems work well in light to moderately heavy rains. But if we get a really heavy downpour, the flow is heavy enough that the water shoots right off the roof bypassing the gutters entirely. However, for the rare times that occurs it's not really a problem.
The one exception is where roof valley's dump into a gutter. The heavier volume of water would pick up more debris, which clogged the gutter faster, and water would pour right over the gutter in moderate rains. The screen and foam filter both acted the same. The solution was to add a "dam" on the outside edge of the gutter at that point (I used a piece of metal flashing inserted into the gutter between the foam filter and gutter). Now the water comes down the valley, hits the dam, and flows to each side at a lower velocity. I've been running this setup for about two years with no overflow since I installed it.
Anthony
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Just once I was outside checking the downspout during a deluge and water was gushing out how it's supposed to. Normally, during a deluge I'm inside the house.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I like a product called "Gutter Brush". It handles leaves and seeds very well -- don't know about pine needles.
It's very easy to install and over the 9 years that I've had it in, I've taken sections out from time-to-time just to see what kind of crud builds up underneath. There's a layer of dirt, but no wads of rotting vegetation that might clog the eaves or downspouts. Maintenance is minimal. I just flush the gutter from the dead end if I think of it every year or so.
Tomsic
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Sun, 06 May 2012 17:36:12 -0500, Steve Kraus

Of what importance would it be that, in a heavy rain, water would just go over the edge? Maybe at a building entrance, that could be an issue, if rains that heavy happen often.
Of more concern to me, would be the idea that rain-soaked leaves would be supple enough to simply flow like water, and folow the curve right into the gutter.
--
croy

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

My gutter covers don't allow that to happen. There are small holes below the curved areas that keep out leaves.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.