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Old 09-21-2013, 01:02 AM   #1
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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

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

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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?
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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oh. it is my understanding, that if you have pine needles = forgetaboutit.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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. I hate wurly birds
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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.
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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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