After 34 years of cleaning our gutters, my DH has decided to call it quits
and check into gutter covers/guards. I remember reading somewhere that
they're good for trapping leaves but no good for keeping out the small tree
debris that falls from some trees in the spring. On our property we have
two humungous oak trees that drop that tree crap in the spring, and in
addition we also get the stuff that falls from our neighbor's linden tree
(also known in this house as the tree from hell). Can anyone give me some
feedback on whether these guards are a good idea? And if so, any
recommendations on one brand over another?
I've used these:
They work as advertised. If you are replacing gutters, see if there is a
Leafgard dealer in your area. They sell a one-piece, extruded aluminum
gutter with the same type of solid cover. Gutters with covers will
overflow in heavy rain and at valleys, buy hey, nothing is perfect.
Thanks, Tim. I opened the link you sent...unfortunately these won't work for
us...at least not on our entire roof. One section covering what was once
our back porch does not have shingles...it has a silver-colored coating
instead. (The pitch of the roof isn't as steep as it should be and we had
problems with ice clogging the gutters resulting in leaks in my office and
the silver stuff solved the problem.) Do all of the gutter covers go under
I had gutter helmet and they were crap. THey go under the shingles and
whether they work depends on the pitch of the roof. Leafguard work great
though only they are expensive. They do overflow in the toughest corners in
the worse storms but they act like a ski lift and the overflow ends up far
from the foundation. Mine are absolutely clean on 8 years. My father had
them too with large oaks on his property. They worked perfectly. But, like
I said, expensive.
Thanks for your feedback, Art. Expense is not our primary concern if they
work. But if Leafguard needs to go under shingles, we wouldn't be able to
use them on the whole roof. I'm wondering if it might be just as
economically feasible to just hire someone twice a year to clean the
gutters...at least for another 12 years or so when our 3 1/2-year-old
grandson can take over!
You don't have to use the same system on the whole house. And your
porch/office is probably only one story high, and probably only has a
gutter along one wall. So far, I have no leaves, but Harbor Freight
had a sale on the chepaest cutter screens I've ever seen. Even at
ful price they are cheap. Don't know if they work but they just clip
inside the gutter. I'm sure they don't let stuff in the gutter, but
how one gets the leaves off the plastic screen, I don't know. When
they dry up enough maybe they blow off by themselves.
They also sell a J-shaped attachment to the garden hose the sprays a
strong stream into the gutter. If my house were not 2-stories plus,
or if I had room for a taller ladder than 6 feet, it might work fine.
I guess it loosens things up and lets them go down the downspout. Is
that good enough?
I wouldn't let a 3 1/2-year-old do this. He probably won't even be
able to set up the ladder.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
Thanks for your response. As it turns out, DH purchased from GutterGuard as
he was happy with their presentation and their price. And you're right,
they do make different products to fit as needed. I left my office to go in
to ask a few questions of the salesmen including asking about the small
stuff that falls from the trees in the spring. They assured us that they've
never had a problem with this and if they did they'd send one of their
installation crew out to clean them out. I called three people on their 15
page customer list last night and got good reports from all of them, one of
whom had the product installed 4 years ago with no problems with silt
backing up to date. Anyway, they're to be installed on Thurs. the 10th.
I'll be sure to report on this NG if there's ever a problem with them.
LOL! I guess you didn't see where I wrote "another 12 years or so" - like
when he's 15 1/2. I may be getting desperate for some help but not THAT
My son in law put these on. I really don't need gutters except to keep from
cutting a line in the ground, but am considering doing the same. You have
to put in some sort of diverter if you have gutters over your doors.
1. These look like they'd get wet-plastered with leaves, muck, and
debris just like anything else.
2. All that water from your roof is getting dumped fairly close to
your foundation. It may cause you to need a plastic-lined(on bottom)
gravel bed with a perforated drainage line (in the center) to carry
water away to a safe area.
I don't think he has had any problems of anything sticking up there. If
there are foundation problems requiring getting the water far away they
would not be practical. And they are not cheap.
It sprays the water out away from the house. The grid is wide open. I
think if leaves happen to land on them you can blow them off. They are just
little scoops that direct the water outwards and works pretty much as they
Downspouts connected to underground drainage lines that either go to
daylight or to a pop-up emitter in a safe area are common, practical,
I'd be especially worried about this rainhandler in an area where two
roof planes come together to form an angle. You'd have a large
quantity of water running down the intersection and right through this
grate and near the foundation.
I already have that problem with rain gutters. Sometimes the rain comes
down with such force it goes right over the gutters.
I have sandy soil so no worry about water. Will take all I can get <G>.
And my roof sticks out such that the rain gutters are already over two feet
away from the walls and foundation. I don't have any idea of what is
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