In a previous posting, Usenet was endowed with the following text from
First of all, "top posting" (posting your message above the quoted text
rather than below) is considered poor Usenet etiquette. I don't really
care, cut I thought I would let you know. Some people will flame you for
What is worth the money is a subjective matter. Look at it this way; you
can paint your house with a brush or with a roller. Either way, the
house gets painted. But, if the roller cost $10, but leaves streaks, and
the brush cost $2, but leaves bristles embedded in the paint, which one
is the better value? It depends on your individual likes and dislikes.
Steelco screens and Leafguard both keep out leaves and debris, but when
it comes to pine needles, Leafguard gets the edge.
When it comes to heavy rain or steep roof pitch, screens have a
significant advantage because they don't generally reduce gutter
efficiency the way covers do. High volume and fast moving water reveals
the weakness of the "water tension" concept. It doesn't take a master
degree in physics to figure this out.
Neither covers nor screens will keep out 100 percent of pine needles,
dirt and sediment. So, eventually, the gutters may need some light
cleaning to remove the sediment. Here, the edge goes to the screens,
because the covers are a pain in the ass to remove to service the
gutters. Screens are easy to remove, if needed, but you don't really
need to remove them (the Steelcos, at least) because you can spray the
water hose right through the mesh.
Using Steelco screens as an example (because that's what I'm familiar
with), the cost is less than $2 per foot, and installation is so simple
you can do yourself. The brand name cover products generally cost from
$8 to $15 per foot, installed.
So, to summarize, they both work. They just work differently and each
has it advantages and disadvantages. The only weakness I see in the
screens is pine needles. Just how much of a problem that is depends on
the how bad the pin needle issue is. The biggest difference between the
product is price. There is no comparison. The cover products are grossly
overpriced, and are often sold using high-pressure sales techniques.
Those are pretty much the facts, without writing a book about the
subject. You decide. $10.00 a foot for covers, or $1.50 a foot for
Steelco screens, plus the cost of a ladder, if you can borrow the
Just as a follow up, here is a an excerpt from a web site I found when
doing a little research browsing:
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With the many gutter projects that APCO installs each year, we made
finding the best 'leaf prevention system' a top priority. APCO has
researched and tested all major cover* systems. Most possess similar
1. small debris still pass through
2. heavy rains overflow the system
3. no access for cleaning
4. high costs of the system
APCO believes the solution to leaf prevention is the traditional gutter
screen with the new powder coated paint finish. This product is the
'only' gutter screen that APCO installs because it is affordable, and
many times it out performs the competition!
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*the original copy stated "screen". An email from site's owner confirmed
that this was an undetected error, and the copy will be corrected to
read as above.
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