just had a first big rain storm and I noticed the gutters were more of a water fall then they should be so I'm wondering what gutter guards work.
so far I've found 4 types and I'm wondering if anyone has experience
1) all plastic and hope water clings - as found here..
pro- def. blocks most of the gutter so leaves can't get in
con- you have to hope the water clings and the velocity isn't too high. Water my just run over the whole gutter. can be seen from ground.
2) plastic with holes and mesh guard - as found here... http://www.amazon.com/Gutter-Screen-...453786&sr=8-14
pro- more possible water entrance spots
cons - I've read that the holes are not big enough so the water does not really enter the gutters and often just over shoots since the number of holes is not all that great.
3) fill the gutter with foam - as found here... http://www.amazon.com/Corning-RF01-G...453830&sr=8-20
pro- novel concept, does allow for a lot of water entrance area and should stop leaves from entering
con- ? um, does it degrade?, also ick factor since it probably gets disgusting
4) similar to 2, just more holes, as seen here... http://www.amazon.com/LeafBlaster-St...453884&sr=8-50
pro - novel design with the V shape, and I tend to believe that should force water in. also, probably not visible from ground
cons - does it really? and does the material stand up over time?
does anyone have any real-world experience with them? I live in Maryland, so mostly oaks but there is one pine in the yard.
The amazon covers would be good for under pine trees as it takes the screening to minimize the needles in the gutter(it won't totally eliminate them) The same version without the screening will work well for non needle trees.
You can't totally screen the gutters. Organic material will clog the finely covered gutters and the water will cascade over the top just as it would if it were clogged.
You can minimize the cleaning cycle with the screenless version of the Amazon covers.
They are sold in the big box stores.
I Installed the ones with no screens....We have 12 trees in our yard and half are Silver Maple trees with seeds...We had to change to the screen ones to keep the seeds from getting cought. The ones with screens have been on for 5 years with little or no debris..We got them locally at Menards
Gutters will need to be cleaned. You can not get around that. The type of guards you put up should be chosen based on the trees you have.
Stay away from the flimsy plastic guards with holes in them they collapse as soon as a few leaves get caugtht on them.
Get the screens about 3' long convex if leaves get caught they dry out and blow off.
I have finally settled on #2. As a remodeler, I have tried many of the ones available on my own house, from very expensive and labor intensive to those. Many of the expensive ones work no better, and some work worse. The Amerimax diamond grid with screens have done a good job on my house with silver maple, white pine, and cedar. Including the last two winters of record snow and ice. They are inexpensive, and easy to install. I have even used them on half round gutters after cutting the bottom part of the clip flange and screwing them on.
I unstalled some guards around a garage. They were the ones with Mike Holme's picture on them. Rather looked like number 4, but are out of stainless steel. Rather expensive. They need to be screwed in place, which is rather awkward. Probably Mike could have done a better job on the install. But actually, they seem to work.
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