sure need some excellent advice (Always have had a lot of good luck
with this newsgroup :) )
Got one big problem with my gutters. When they get full my porch
windows start leaking badly. Long story,but true. They fill rapidly
because there is a gaint mature pecan tree next to the porch that always
has something dropping .. mega leaves,mega pecans,mega seeds etc. I'm
unable to clean them myself..and don't have anyone who can do it as much
as it needs. I did have the metal wire mesh 'leaf guards' that was
curved into the gutters,. After time,they proved totally worthless.Can
you PLEASE point me in the right direction to find something that is
GOOD and will work ? I've seen a lot of leaf guards advertised but do
not have a clue which one is any good .. if you have something that
works would you email here or directly and let me know what it is and
how costly it is ???
THANK YOU so much !
a n i t a h @ h o u s t o n . r r . c o m ....... remove spaces :)
This is the kind I have.
I have tons and tons of leaves. None go into the gutter anymore. And
when they're falling from the trees they don't stick onto the guard at all
(they don't block it).
I had a professional roofer install. It was expensive, but I couldn't
install them. It sure saves a lot of work - no more gutter cleaning and
the water runs freely.
In a previous posting, Usenet was endowed with the following text from
In my view, gutter covers are crap. They totally enclose the rain
gutter, so you might as well not have gutters in a heavy rain when you
need them the most. The best I've seen are the Steelco screens. They're
not like the cheap stuff at the home improvement stores. It's good
stuff, let all the rain in the gutters, and keep out the leaves and
I watched a TV show several months ago (either "This Old House Classic"
or "Inside This Old House"). In that show, they were showing a
gutter-cover-type gutter guard that the water was supposed to stay on
the surface of the gutter guard and flow on to the gutter when the
gutter guard surface bended downward. But when they hosed the roof
with water (not a large stream of water), I saw that almost 50% of the
water fell off the gutter guard and onto the ground (instead of falling
into the gutter). The TV show host didn't say anything about this and
continued saying things like the gutter guard was working well. I
found that show was very funny.
I am currently using metal gutter screens in my house. They work quite
We have gutter guards on our house. We got them when installing a new roof
and gutters. When there is a heavy rain we can hear the water flowing thru
the gutters. No more water leaks(or clogged gutters) into the basement.
The first few times of big rains we wanted to see how the gutters worked.
It was great. The water was gushing out of the downspouts like crazy.
We're very pleased with the gutter guards. We have really big trees and
none of the leaves that fall ever wind up on the gutters.
I don't know about the TV show in your message. If they sprayed the roof
of course you'd see water splashing and bouncing all over the place.
Got to put a word in for LeafGuard gutters here - Fantastic!
Screens and other DIY efforts generally deliver disappointing
result unless you have just a few broadleaf trees and are still
willing to clean them off (and the gutters out) on occasion. If
you're like me... LOTS of large trees with broad and small leaves
as well as some evergreens with needles, you need something better.
LeafGuard gutters do it for me. You can check 'em out at
Gutters have come a long way since they first appeared. Problem is
the old types don't work well and the new are expensive. I live in
a East coast 3-story home with a pretty steep pitch and I get my
share of heavy thunderstorms, heavy snow, and ice. The LeafGuards
handle it all and the only maintenance I have to worry about is
spraying off the outside edge of the guard once or twice a year
with the water hose.
I cringed when I discovered the price... but am now happy that i
went for it. Oh and I don't work for them... just a satisfied
you have a specific problem, a tree dumping debris into your gutter, which
some of the answers you received so far don't seem to address properly
there are basically two ways to deal with this kind of gutter problem
1. make sure your gutters are clean before it rains
(time consuming and disappointing when you forget)
2. gutter caps or helmets
(added to existing gutters - make sure they are installed properly, improper
installation can have you saying things like one of the negative comenters
or the add the entire leaf proof gutter system
i read all the negative stuff here about leaf proof systems and, one
also, putting any kind of screen in the gutter or downspouts means the
screens will clog with water flowing through the gutters, screens are not a
wise idea and suggested against by "the experts"
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