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Old 09-15-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Living on a green belt isn't exactly all it's cracked up to be. It seems like every tree pine needle and leaf ends up in my gutters. I can clean them out one week and the next they are filled to the brim again. One of the worst pine trees is about to meet up with my chainsaw.

Please recommend a leaf guard type product that works. A simple web page link would be fantastic. I also heard that removing the downspout and using chains for the water to flow down reduces gutter garbage. Any thought on that?

I live in the beautiful/green Seattle area. So, gutters are really important to my house.

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I live in the beautiful/green Seattle area.
And beautiful it is (as long as you're not stuck in traffic).

Sometimes thereís just a price we pay for living in paradise and the bombardment of needles and leaves is just one of them.

I havenít met a gutter cap yet that was worth a shi , especially for the Pac. NW.

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A picture, you will get when It's light out.

I am contemplating between trying fine mesh and filter flow (or both). Any insight on these two types of products?

Filter Flow:
http://www.guttersupply.com/p-gutter...ter-flow.gstml

Fine mesh:
http://www.guttersupply.com/p-Clean-...er-Guard.gstml

or Micro Mesh:
http://www.guttersupply.com/p-micro-...er-guard.gstml
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I work for a company in north Carolina that installs this gutter system, it works great, and has a lifetime no clog warranty.

Guttermaxx of Seattle
6852 S. 224th Street
Kent WA 98032

Phone: (253) 437-1173
www.guttermaxx.com
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I work for a company in north Carolina that installs this gutter system, it works great, and has a lifetime no clog warranty.

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hi spam,

and they are all guaranteed. aren't they?

and i bet if i asked you if you ever had to get up on someones roof and clean their gutters after install, you would say no, because your product, out of hundreds, happens to be the only one that actually works.
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No I would not, we just happen to have a product that has a design that works well, I am not a spam, I am a 3rd generation builder and have been on the building materials sales side for over 15 years, guttermax or K Guard on the east coast is a great selling product in our market, I have been selling it for 8 years and we do have an occasional clog, but with the warranty, we clean those clogs free of charge. I hate that you are discouraged with gutters, but there are systems out there that work and this is one of them. We have been installing them since 1996 without 1 complaint that resulted in our having to give a refund or having to remove them.
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excuse my cynicism, but seeing someone register and post about their business and product at the onset seems to only promote their business and not the best interest of the OP necessarily.
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Do not use one of those drop in solutions (i.e. the foam wedge).

Use a stainless screened mesh like the others that were posted.

Leaf Solutions and Leaf Filter both make good ones. The Leaf Filter is a bit tight on the mesh so it will actually accumulate organic materials and can moss up.
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Thanks everyone for chiming in:

Here is my conclusion:

-The foam-type will gain moss and other organic material that will clog up the gutter in seattle area. Any organic material that clogs the gutter defeats the purpose. This makes perfect sense! Good advice:

-The next most publicized and less expensive alternative is the gutter guard. My neighbors have it, and the surface tension of the water drags the small pine needles into gutter and it plugs up the gutter once again. They also haven't cleaned the gutter in ages and little weeds are growing out of it. In addition, some sort of fungus/mold loves to grow on them. I have no doubt this is a good leaf gaurd, which would help me with the Maple trees around my house. I like the effort and appreciate the thought:

The mess/micromesh seems like the way to go. Not only is it made of metal, that is a good moss killer, it's also too fine for small needles to go through. It's costly, but worth it to not have to live on the roof for a while. It will be easily cleaned with a leaf blower and I think this will be the best bet...

My Oregon buddy, here. He had probably the most honest advice. There really are no superb products to get what I want done. He is the BLUF (look it up). Thanks for being honest:
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[quote=Windows on Wash;1012859]Do not use one of those drop in solutions (i.e. the foam wedge).

Use a stainless screened mesh like the others that were posted.

Leaf Solutions and Leaf Filter both make good ones. The Leaf Filter is a bit tight on the mesh so it will actually accumulate organic materials and can moss up.[/quote]


Why not?
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[quote=Windows on Wash;1012859]Do not use one of those drop in solutions (i.e. the foam wedge).

Use a stainless screened mesh like the others that were posted.

Leaf Solutions and Leaf Filter both make good ones. The Leaf Filter is a bit tight on the mesh so it will actually accumulate organic materials and can moss up.

Why not?[/quote]

Chris,

We have had customers request those items before and we have wound up going back in a couple of years to change them out. They wind up shrinking and degrading in UV light. When I looked at them after the fact they were about 1/2 the installed size.

This is just my experience and I can't account for all the systems out there.
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Why not?
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We have had customers request those items before and we have wound up going back in a couple of years to change them out. They wind up shrinking and degrading in UV light. When I looked at them after the fact they were about 1/2 the installed size.

This is just my experience and I can't account for all the systems out there.[/quote]


Thanks. I just got done putting some in mine and was just wondering. I live in a very shaded woodsy lot, so hopefully the uv rays will not be so agressive. We will see.
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Why not?
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We have had customers request those items before and we have wound up going back in a couple of years to change them out. They wind up shrinking and degrading in UV light. When I looked at them after the fact they were about 1/2 the installed size.

This is just my experience and I can't account for all the systems out there.[/quote]


I install the product the OP linked to. I used it on my own home for 5 years prior to selling any. I haven't seen any UV degradation or shrinking. Must be a completely different product you've dealt with. It's the only product we'll install, especially for half rounds.
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Might have been seeyou.

Which one (brand) are you putting in?
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Might have been seeyou.

Which one (brand) are you putting in?

http://www.guttersupply.com/p-gutter...ter-flow.gstml

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