By Elton Magoon
There are many types of gutter guards, all with their own little innovations, designed to keep leaves out of the gutters. Some have screens others have slits. Some are made of foam, while others are made of aluminum or vinyl. Some are cheap others are very expensive.
The competing companies that produce all of the different styles of gutter guards, have one thing in common. They claim you will never have to clean out your gutters again. One company claims their gutter guard is good forever-FOREVER! The Temple at Karnak has some serious competition.
With every style and type of gutter guard, I can find numerous examples of failure. These failures can be found in web articles and Youtube videos. There are also big complaints concerning specific companies on pissedconsumer.com. (That's a real website!) Also you can find failures in gutter guard promotional videos. It's fun to watch one gutter guard manufacturer bad mouth another companies product.
For the price charged to install certain guards, you would think they were made of gold. One guy got an estimate for $8000.00 to install 200 feet of gutter guards! Before you agree to allow a gutter guard salesman into your home, understand that you could have a guest that is under tremendous pressure to sell.
If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, you could install one of the many guards sold at the Home Depot. If you clean out your gutters twice a year, you may have to clean them out far less if you use a guard.
You don't necessarily need an expensive guard. According to Consumer Reports, the cheaper guards perform as well as the expensive ones. With that said, I would like to give you my opinion of the cheaper gutter guards.
Inexpensive gutter guards sold at the Home Depot
Avoid the guards that use surface tension to work. The larger the curve on this type of guard, the more water it can handle. These Amerimax guards don't have a great curve, therefore they can't handle very much water.
Screen-type gutter guards don't work very well, and some types are a pain to get in and out. If you have trees that shed needles, these screens will do nothing for you.
The Amerimax snap in filter looks like a regular screen type of guard, but it is not. It does have a screen, but it is also covered with a thin see-through material. This fabric allows water to flow in, while keeping everything else out. This gutter guard works surprisingly well, and I think it is the best of the "cheap" gutter guards. The problem though is the fabric is prone to come loose with time. If you see what looks like little white flags flapping from a neighbors gutters, this guard is the cause.
Foam gutter filters also work very well. I have heard that the foam will eventually get so full of mud they nolonger work. Also with time, they slowly dry out and shrink. How many years does it take for this to happen? I have no idea, but I did install these on a house and they are doing well 3 years later.
Do you want to have gutter guards installed on your home? Contact me and I can give you an estimate to install the "cheapy gaurds" or a more durable longer lasting one. My gutter supplier (Ryan Gutter) carries a product similar to the big name gutter cover/helmet guards. This version is just as good, and does not cost a fortune for the product or the installation. Contact me below for an estimate.