Is there something new over the years thats better then all the other
leaf guard systems out there ?
Im most interested in the ones where the water swerves around and into
the gutter...while not letting the leaves in. Are those newer ? I
dont remember seeing them years ago.
any recommendations are much appreciated..
I had the Leaf Guard system installed around the entire house. With a
mix of both pine and hardwood trees that surrounded the house with
limbs that covered over 50% of the house. The original open gutters
had to be cleaned out every other month. With the Leaf Guard system,
I only had to have them cleaned out once in 12 years of use and the
company that installed them cleaned them out for me at NO COST. Most
of the debris that had built up was the fine gravel from having put on
a new roof.
Most of the hardwood leaves could not wrap around the curve and be
pulled into the opening. The pine needle would occasionally work into
the opening if it was alligned with the opening. If that was a scam,
it is news to me. The only problem I ever experienced with them was
during some of Houston's heaviest rain storms when the water was
coming off the roof so fast and heavy that it simply went over the
opening. That was little different from the standard system which
would fill up faster than it could drain and do exactly the same
For the price of Leaf Guard, you could pay someone to clean your
gutters nearly forever and never have a problem with heavy rain
Since you can't see in your gutters anymore or even clean them
yourself, maybe some of the overflow was due to a clog.
THe Leaf Guard system didn't cost much more than a standard gutter
system and was in many ways superior. For one, the previous gutters
used the large nails to secure them and split the facia boards and
pulled out after a couple of years. The Leaf Guard system used a
screwed on bracket that was far superior and didn't damage the facia.
The overflow wan't due to a clog and that was easy to determine by the
about of water comming from the downspouts. It simply was comming off
the roof too fast to be pulled into the opening.
One last point, it looked much better on the house than the old
I also had the LeafGuard gutters installed apprx 8 yrs ago, after
having endless problems with pine needles, plus the usual junk. Tall
pines, cherry and oak overhang the house. My old gutters would block
in weeks, sometimes days, after cleaning. The LeafGuard gutters have
not blocked yet. The installer said when they block it is usually due
to a bees nest. I have not had that problem. Also offers free
cleaning if they block.
The first caveat is that when the rain is really heavy, as in
torrential, the flow of water is too strong to make it perfectly
around the bend into the collector, and some water lands 3 feet or so
from the base of the house. This is particularly true where there is
a joint in two rooflines, causing a channel. Still, the benefits to
me FAR outweight the detriments. In fact, I am so happy with this
improvement that I actually think about my gutters gratefully from
time to time.
The second caveat is that they were very expensive, esp since I have a
I found those Home Depot plastic gutter guards work great. They have to
be installed so as to let the water flow over them and the water falls
into the holes as the leaves slide off on the ground. The leaves can't
catch the leading edge of the guards. It should be under the eve a
little. If not installed right you just have to clean off the top of the
guards saving nothing. Most of the time leaves are falling into the
gutter on dry windy days and blow right off the roof with the guards in
place. By the time it rains there are no leaves to wash off the roof.
I've got these but stuff still gets through but I only have to lift end
near downspout to clean if it gets blocked while before I had to clean
On op's question, I have one flight of this gutter on top back of roof.
It has not blocked but it is pretty high up and I can't climb up to
look at it. It's higher then the trees.
On May 7, 3:34 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Search this newsgroup and alt.building.construction for Leafguard -
the question comes up pretty frequently. I agree with the two posters
that liked their Leafguard gutters. I've installed their gutter
system - more accurately had them installed - on clients houses for
They handle large leaves, pine needles and everything in between. As
already posted, very high volumes of water will shoot over the top,
but that happens with infrequently cleaned K-section gutters, too.
Like my neighbor's "roof-edge planters".
Around here gutter cleaning runs between $60 and $100 a pop. Cleaning
gutters twice a year might be okay for Phoenix or something, but in
the Northeast with trees all over, twice a year barely cuts it.
I had the opportunity to check out the very first house I had them put
on. The installation is coming up on 15 years old and the owner has
never had the gutters cleaned in that time. There was nothing inside
the gutters other than a little roof shingle grit and a think layer of
caked dirt. He doesn't think about his gutters...what more could you
For LeafGuard, I cant figure out which one is their official site.
This one claims to be - http://www.leafguard.com /
and so does this one - http://www.beldon.com/leafguard /
which one is it ?
That leaf filter one seemed pretty interesting as well.
There are a variety of gutter covers available now that will work perfectly
depending on the surroundings of the house, like the trees and other
You can check out Hallet Gutter Cover, as their cover style is the reverse
curve type -- the one that just gets the water in and the debris out. Not
all covers are perfect, but the main goal here is effortless and minimal
If you want to have a closer look at it you can go to
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