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Old 10-05-2013, 11:32 AM   #16
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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
Since all the other advice seems to be anecdotal, I'll give some real life experience. I've been in the gutter business almost 30 years.

I've been installing the type gutter guards in question for 5-6 years. I had some of the same concerns several of the posters here have mentioned, so I installed them on my house for 4 years as a test before I started using them on customer's gutters.

At about 10 years now, I've noticed very little (if any) UV degradation. I have a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees. No real problems with build up of anything on top of them. If anything does build up temporarily, it either washes off in the next rain or blows off when it dries. No freezing problems that didn't exist without the inserts. The only problem I have is that acorns will occasionally sit on them for a while and the squirrels will start pulling at them, thinking there is treasure below. They have pulled two sections near a tree out several times.

They're the only type I'll install.

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To lazy to get my phone too show all the pics. But i agree with the others, perfect for things to get a foot hold in the gutters. Specifically the foam are a complete waste of money. A while back, not wanting to miss a good deal, I bought up a very large amount a high quality gutter foam. This foam is ten times stronger that what they sell at home depot. I went to great lengths to make sure this foam was install in the proper manner. The first year was good. The houses with large oaks just seemed to dump large leaves on the top making the water over shoot the gutter completely. Roof granuals plugged a great deal of the foam inserts. Trying to remove them and they would just tear apart. On most houses the weight from water draining from the roof would collapse the top of the foam, allowing seeds and debris to go on the sides of the foam. Making for a great germination bed. I could check the exact numbers but over of the 60 houses i put these in, all have preformed poorly. They do tend to keep the downspouts from plugging, but that is about the only positive. I paid about 20 cents a foot, I watched them sell for as much as 2 dollars a foot. They are now selling for 80 cents a foot and nobody is buying them.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:04 AM   #18
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I hadn't though about the granules from the roofing material, at least not until I saw the initial amount of them that slough off after they finish roofing. There had been some other dirt in one gutter and behind that formed a pile of those granules. The roofing's all still fine (at least looks that way) but it's another thing to consider when blocking the rain gutters with things supposedly intended to "help".
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Since all the other advice seems to be anecdotal, I'll give some real life experience. I've been in the gutter business almost 30 years.

I've been installing the type gutter guards in question for 5-6 years. I had some of the same concerns several of the posters here have mentioned, so I installed them on my house for 4 years as a test before I started using them on customer's gutters.

At about 10 years now, I've noticed very little (if any) UV degradation. I have a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees. No real problems with build up of anything on top of them. If anything does build up temporarily, it either washes off in the next rain or blows off when it dries. No freezing problems that didn't exist without the inserts. The only problem I have is that acorns will occasionally sit on them for a while and the squirrels will start pulling at them, thinking there is treasure below. They have pulled two sections near a tree out several times.

They're the only type I'll install.
Hey, "copper" -
maybe you could tell us where you got them - the brand ....???
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I've used several brands including those the poster above has used which are only about an inch thick. These won't collapse.

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