I expect that the efficiency and efficacy of the various gutter / leaf
guards depends upon where you are and hat kind of tree debris you get.
I'm in Portland, OR. We get big leaf maple leaves, alder leaves, some
oak leaves, but more d@*N
Douglas fir needles than you'd believe.
Over 30 years in this house I've used at least four different gutter
products, all of which were utter failures with the Doug fir needles,
the gutters in no more than 60 days. I could have been cleaning the
times a year if I was that ambitious, and I wasn't. Three times a year was
more than enough for me.
Last year (Spring 2006) I found something that worked. No, I don't
the stuff; I don't distribute it, I don't retail it, and other than on
my own house, I
don't install it.
I did test it for about 16 months by installing it on the back of the
garage, to see how
it worked. It worked very well. Its not absolutely perfect. Some
stuff still gets into
the gutters, but I believe its less than 5% of what used to
accumulate. I've only had
to clean that gutter once in the 16 months, and it was no where near
It used to fill up to the top of the gutter with the Doug fir stuff, and
made a great
growing medium for dandelions and other cute stuff.
Its a white 3 foot long PVC product about 6 inches wide with a cross
base with 3/8 - 1/2 holes in the base. Over it, and heres the key for
the fir needles,
is a white PVC screen that has maybe 1/8" holes. Water drops through,
through the gutter. The crud collects on top of the screen, dries, and
the wind blows
most of it off.
It installs by sliding one flat end under the lowest shingle row and
flange kind of thing over the front lip of the gutter.
The first batch I bought were at a local Lowes for $ 1.97 a three foot
batch had a label on it identifying it as a "Snap In Gutter Filter",
made by a company
called "Gutter World", no web site or street / city/
address on it. I
but they had them in brown, too. "Made in U.S.A." on the label. The
UPC on the first batch was: 0 17857 00461 7. No patent number on the
After last weekend's check of the test batch at the back of the garage
decided to do
the garage front and the front of the house. Went back to Lowe's, they
still had the
things. but with a slightly different label, but still identical art
work, indicating the
manufacturer to be Amerimax Home Products, Inc.; still no website
listed, still no
city, street address or state. Still "Made in the U.S.A." Does have a
product UPC, now being 0 49821 86270 1. Still called "Snap In Gutter
Again, no patent number on the label or the product. I got the white again;
they still had the brown, too.
And best of all, the 3 foot strip is now $ 1.47. Less than $ 15.00 bucks
garage front is a real good number in my book. The 60' front of the house,
which is tomorrow's project after I empty the damn gutter this
run less than $ 45.00.
I noticed no deterioration in the PVC on the test batch. Apparently no
effect in the 16 months those have been up. Then again, this is the west
the Cascades, so we only get sun on July 17, except when its raining, as it
was this year. (G)
I did the install on the 30' foot width of the front of the garage in
about 10 minutes
this morning. It took a lot longer than that to clean the damn gutter.
Just my $ 0.02.
Might be worth trying a test strip on one gutter if you are plagued with