gutter cleaning in Marlborough ma
These pictures were from a house where the gutters were installed two years earlier. As you can see the gutter guards did very little to stop the infiltration of pine needles. It turned out this was not only the situation below the valley (Valleys are bad for gutter guards!) but all around the house .
This is the back of my in-laws house in Framingham, MA. These gutter guards have been on for about ten years. They were super expensive and installed by sears. The edge of the guards get gunked up about once a year and I have to go up and clean them out. They are still up there after all these years through hurricanes and snow emergencies. But, what good is a gutter guard if you have to keep cleaning it? In the picture I put the arrow where the clogs are. You can also see the stains from the overflow. This problem is very common with this helmet-style gutter guard.
There are many types of gutter guards and all seem to have their strengths and weaknesses. The Amerimax guard, sold at Home Depot, works very well. But it is flimsy and only lasts a couple of years. The Leaf Relief are built tough and will last for a long time but they don't seem to work very well.
Like I said earlier, this is a topic can get complicated. I will be writing more articles about gutter guards soon.
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