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wantboost 09-21-2013 01:02 AM

foam gutter guards
 
what do u guys think of the foam gutter guards are they any good if not what brand of the regular ones shall i get? i seen costco selling some

Fix'n it 09-21-2013 05:49 AM

where you live, and what kind of trees are around the house, makes a big difference.

joecaption 09-21-2013 09:51 AM

Are you talking about the ones that lay inside of the gutters?
If so a total waste of money in my option.
What's your budget?

TarheelTerp 09-21-2013 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by wantboost (Post 1244466)
what do u guys think of the foam gutter guards are they any good if not what brand of the regular ones shall i get? i seen costco selling some

Nothing beats getting up there and getting dirty for an hour.

The ONLY question is how often that needs to happen.
Here it's once a year (and about $50).

Fix'n it 09-22-2013 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by TarheelTerp (Post 1244657)
Nothing beats getting up there and getting dirty for an hour.

The ONLY question is how often that needs to happen.
Here it's once a year (and about $50).

not for me. several times a year :( . wurly birds and leaves.

PoleCat 09-22-2013 09:47 AM

My impression of the foam inserts is based on instinct rather than first hand experiance. I figured they would:
  • eventually become clogged with rotting bio matter.
  • disintegrate from UV exposure
  • get heavy enough to damage gutter.
That is why I passed on them. The whirly gigs are a poke in the eye. They get stuck in screens, form dams in valleys.

Fix'n it 09-22-2013 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1244992)
My impression of the foam inserts is based on instinct rather than first hand experiance. I figured they would:
  • eventually become clogged with rotting bio matter.
  • disintegrate from UV exposure
  • get heavy enough to damage gutter.

i agree with that.

i would think that this
http://www.gutterguardsstlouis.com/r...eaf-guards.png
would work really well. except this version is poorly designed. it should be flat and installed with a lower outer edge.

Fix'n it 09-22-2013 11:14 AM

oh. it is my understanding, that if you have pine needles = forgetaboutit.

wkearney99 09-22-2013 12:21 PM

Yeah, the foam and other contraptions just seem like a perfect way for various seeds to gain a perfect foothold in the gutter. To say nothing of being a real weight problem if they get waterlogged and frozen in the winter.

Me, I'd rather have larger downspouts and proper slope to better carry down the debris instead of trying to cobble up ways to block it.

wantboost 09-22-2013 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1244509)
where you live, and what kind of trees are around the house, makes a big difference.

im in canada and my area has alot of mature trees

wkearney99 09-22-2013 03:51 PM

Mature, which also often means old and neglected.

Save for a few varieties, trees don't typically live more than a few decades. Yes, it's great to have trees, but not ones putting life and property in jeopardy. Remove the ones in the way and replace them with new ones. This is what nature would be doing anyway. But leaving it to just natural course makes no sense if it puts your house at risk.

wantboost 09-22-2013 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by wkearney99 (Post 1245134)
Mature, which also often means old and neglected.

Save for a few varieties, trees don't typically live more than a few decades. Yes, it's great to have trees, but not ones putting life and property in jeopardy. Remove the ones in the way and replace them with new ones. This is what nature would be doing anyway. But leaving it to just natural course makes no sense if it puts your house at risk.

They r not on my property and probably two stories tall

747 09-22-2013 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1244968)
not for me. several times a year :( . wurly birds and leaves.

This is me. And fall is here. So its up on the roof with the leaf blower.:laughing: I hate wurly birds

Fix'n it 09-22-2013 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by 747 (Post 1245171)
So its up on the roof with the leaf blower.

not me. my pitch is too steep for me to feel comfortable walking around on.
its up & down the ladder a bunch of times.

mj12 09-29-2013 11:01 PM

Get those cheap home depot screens, they will last a few years if installed properly. I have seen them last a very long time. I have also seen them last 5 months.


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