This is what is wrong with 4 awful gutter supplies
By Elton Magoon
This is a small list of awful gutter supplies and bad gutter accessories that should never be used. I have used all of these products in my past but I learned my lesson and I promise to never use them again. All of these products can be found at your local home depot and loews.
10 foot sections of gutter .0187 guage made by Amerimax Co.
The Amerimax 10 foot gutter should not be used under any conditions. At only .0187 gauge, It's just way to thin for any use, other than for crafting a window sill flower pot. The accessories that go with it, like the joiners and hangers are just as bad. I know someone who has this stuff installed around his entire house. He has gutter leaks every 10 feet and the problem cannot be stopped. You can't reseal these gutters because they are too flimsy for the sealant to hold for long.
Hinged Gutter Guard By Amerimax
The Amerimax hinged gutter doesn't do much to prevent debris from entering the gutter. Most of the leaves collect and sit on the back of the guard and as the debris breaks down, it filters through the mesh. But that is not what makes this gutter guard so bad. What makes this guard so bad is that it is difficult to install with its silly snap on hinges. Once it is in place it doesn't feel secure and easily comes off. It's difficult to put on yet easy to take off. Sometimes the hinge comes right off during installation. Once snow and ice sits on top of these screens they dent inward, resulting in big spaces between each section. These spaces create another entryway for debris to come in.
Roof Cement In A Tube
There are many companies that make roof cement or tar for caulking gun use. None of them are any good. If roof cement is watery enough to go through a tube, Most likely it is too thin to be useful. If you use this stuff to patch a leak on a roof, this sealant will quickly dry and shrink away from the problem. Soon, the roof leak will reappear. Do not use this to seal in gutter joints! Like I said, this stuff always dries out and to add insult to injury, once you put roof cement into a gutter you are cursed to repeatedly recoat it with more tar. Why? Better quality sealers will not adhere to it because only tar will stick to tar!
My supplier (Ryangutter) caries a really good zip screw that is useful in many situations. This is not the type I have a problem with. The type of zip screw I am talking about are the class of screws that are available at the home depot and Loews. I don't know what company puts them out but they never stick to my hex head driver. When I put one of these screws into my driver it instantly pops out as if the screw was repulsed by my drill. In the past when I would be on a ladder using these screws, I would end up with a pile of screws at the base of my ladder from them falling out. Also instead of a Phillips head, it has a standard slot-head grove. Who even uses Slot-head anymore?