I spent over an hour cleaning out a gutter on only one side of the house
yesterday and I don't want to go through this again. I have only lived here
a couple of years now. I have 3 huge trees (not pine) and one pine close to
the house. I also have other trees not that close, but close enough to add
to the problem. I bought those stainless steel gutter guards with the metal
hinges from H.D. last fall and they work awesome for leaves. I didn't have
to even go up there. I figured I was all set. But this year , I got those
*&!$# helicopters all over the guttter guards. They are getting stuck in the
holes and they are getting in the gutters. Are there guards that will do the
job right? I figure the money will be worth it since I have a lot of trees
This Old House featured a one piece gutter system that looked just
like the Gutter Helmet. I realize that Gutter Helmet is a retrofit for
existing gutters, but the end product looks just like the system shown
on This Old House.
The "contractor" was showing the host how they worked by pouring water
from a jug over the gutter. More water hit the ground under the gutter
than actually went into it. The water just shot right over the gap.
Maybe the volume of water from the jug was too much, but I couldn't
believe the vendor let the sequence air. The contractor was saying
"Look how good they work" as the water was splashing all over his
Welcome to the wonders of maintaining a home in a non urban area. Your
options are simple:
- Learn to do your annual gutter cleaning like the rest of us, it's the
price you pay to live in a nice setting.
- Hire someone to do the cleaning for you.
- Cut down the trees and destroy the area like every other city PYV that
moves to the (now formerly) beautiful country, because you're too lazy
to do yard maintenance.
- Move back to the city and leave the beautiful country to those who
care enough to maintain it.
Why have gutters at all? There's another option -- which I've started to
use -- especially outside the city, except over doorways there may be no
reason to have gutters. I've had some removed and there are more I'm
considering taking out, like around the back and sides of the garage --
Typically to control erosion and puddling of water by the foundation. If
you don't have gutters you really need to have fairly large overhangs, a
gravel target strip for the water to impact on, and good grading to
insure the water travels away from the foundation.
Yea. I can only suggest one thing. There are a number of different
designs and the different designs work better with some things and less well
with others. So far I am lucky. Over 15 years in my current home and I
have never had to clean gutters and I don't have any guards. So far it all
washes down without clogging. I suggest you start checking with local
neighbors that have the same problems (same type of trees) as you do. What
will work will for you may not work well in a different area.
I say a TV show once that did a number of test. The result was someone
makes a guard that will work on just about any problem, but no one had a
product that would work on all the problems.
They did not try what I had on a historic home. The gutters were far
larger than standards and built into the roof with very large down spouts so
nothing really got caught.
Well, I have the plastic guards with
round, roughly 5/16" holes. The Maple
seeds go right in, however, the wing
doesn't. The wings line up like
little soldiers. We just spent about 2
hours cleaning them out. I like the
newer units available at my HD. They
basically close the gutter pretty
much completely except for the outside
1/2". There is a little dip with
slots to let the water in. Leaves and
seed helicopters should go right
over the edge sending them to the ground
to propagate their species.
I am planning on a new home in the
Smokey Mountains, and if possible,
there will be no gutters ... maybe
gravel at the drip spot.
My neighbor likes them.
I haven't seen any erosion around the house and they
don't clog up.
They do dump a lot of water near the house.
You'd need some plan to deal with the water after it hits the ground.
Oh, "how" not "how well".
It's just 3 or 4 narrow strips of metal.
The water runs off the roof, hits the strips of metal and
bounces off. That way it doesn't pour down in a sheet,
it sprays an area of the ground like a shower.
Nothing to clog and much less visible than a gutter.
I have something similar to this one pictured:
One of the best investments. My house is under a large canopy of trees.
Those guards keep out everything.
The ones who say you don't need them probably live in the desert and have
never seen a tree.
That's the same principle as the ones my neighbor has but those
look like they mount over a gutter.
The ones my neighbor has have no gutter.
It's just these strips of metal mounted where the gutters would
be that deflect the rain.
Ascii art end view:
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I take it you dont get the helicopters. those things stick in anything. It's
kind of like dog hair (if you own a pet that sheds). If the hole is big
enough for them to fit in in any way, they will find a way. I have the
hinged stainless steel guards now and the holes are small (about half the
diameter of a dime) and the helicopters sticking in the guards standing
straight up like soldiers as the one person posted. The holes have to be
very small to keep them out. Leaves are not a problem. Asphalt., pine
needles, and helicopters are my problem.
It looks like you responded to me, but your text
makes no sense as a response to the ascii art I posted.
There is a reason no one else in this thread top posted or
failed to trim.
My neighbor and I both get more helicopters than you can
imagine. Mostly from Tulip Poplars. They're not a problem for him.
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