Our house does not have any gutters at all, and we've decided to get
them. We want seamless, with some type of leaf protection system. We've
had 5 local places come out and give us estimates. We've narrowed it
down to probably either the LeafGuard system, Gutter Helmet, or
GutterGuardian. Would appreciate any input on any/all of them. We don't
want to "cut corners" and want a good, quality product that will
enhance the value of our home and look good and do what it's supposed
to. We have a large oak tree on one corner of the house, and we have a
couple pine trees in the back, so figure on oak and pine debris. We
live in Michigan, so also have to think of winter ice/snow buildup
LeafGuard system: use .032" aluminum 5" gutters with 3x4" commercial
size downspouts. Gutter and leaf guard is a one-piece system, no seams
except at mitered corners (we have 1). Quoted us $2059.55 including all
"discounts" (price with no discounts was $2,423). Discounts are for
things such as: allowing them to place a sign in our yard, install at
their discretion (currently running about 2-3 weeks out), prepayment at
time of order, and 50% labor special they currently have. No biggie -
we can deal with all of that. Since we'd be paying with a credit card,
I don't mind prepayment as we could always contest the charge if for
some reason they didn't do it or did a crappy job). They have a
lifetime, transferable warranty. Their system does NOT go underneath
any shingles, therefore any shingle warranty is protected. They
included a facia support in the quote because the facia on our house is
"stepped", and this would provide more support behind the gutter.
Gutter Helmet of Michigan: use .032" aluminum 5" gutters with standard
2x3" downspouts. The gutters are a one-piece seamless system, except at
mitered corners, and the helmets are in 5' sections. Quoted us
$3,720.82 with all "discounts" (price without discounts was $5,104).
Discounts are for: 10% ad special, Volume discount of another 10%, 1st
visit discount of 10%, and cash/credit card payment discount of 3.5%.
Since we'd be getting both gutters AND the helmets, it comes with a
lifetime transferable warranty. Their system goes underneath the 2nd
row of shingles, but they have letters from the various shingle
manufacturers stating that if properly installed, the Gutter Helment
system would NOT void any shingle warranty. If we needed to re-shingle
our roof, they would charge $2/foot ($200 in our case) to take down the
system and put it back up. Neither we nor the shingle installers can
remove the gutter system. Don't really like that part of the deal. They
did NOT include any facia support; he didn't think it was necessary.
GutterGuardian: use .032" aluminum 5" gutters with standard 2x3"
downspouts. The gutters are one-piece seamless system, except at
mitered corner. I'm not sure about the gutter protection system, as the
quote does not state whether it's seamless or not - I would guess that
it comes in 5' sections like Gutter Helmet does, since LeafGuard touts
itself as being "the only one-piece debris shedding gutter system on
the market today.". Quoted us $1,919 for everything, gutters and
protection system. Comes with a 20-year guarantee. Does not say if it's
transferable if we sell the house. Their system goes under the 2nd row
of shingles also. They provided no mention of whether or not the
shingle warranty would be protected. They did include a facia support
to go between the stepped-back facia and the gutters.
Please reply with any comments on ANY/ALL of these systems. Thanks!