Top Ten Gutter Protection Products and Services
It’s a rainy day and your gutters are overflowing. Maybe its fall time and you’re just tired of climbing the dangerous ladder every year or paying someone to do it. What happens next? Whether you’re looking for gutter cleaning or gutter covers, these top ten gutter protection products and services can help you keep your gutters clear 365 days of the year – and 366 days in leap years.
|Reverse Curve Gutter Guard||Gutter Helmet, TruGuard, Leaf Off, LeafLock|
|Flexible Mesh Gutter Guards||Gutterglove, TruValue, GutterGuard, FrostKing, FlexPoint|
|Solid Mesh Gutter Guards||Valor, Gutter Helmet Micro-CS, GutterDome, Gutterglove, LeafBlaster, MasterShield, AmeriMax|
|One Piece Gutter and Cover System||LeafGuard, KGuard|
|Bottle Brush Gutter Guard||GutterBrush, Any Major Box or Home Improvement Store|
|Foam Gutter Guards||Raingo, GutterGuard, GutterStuff|
|Gutter Cover & Heat Cable Systems||EasyHeat, FlexElec, WarmlyYours, Gutter Helmet – Helmet Heat, ProTherm|
|Gutter Cleaning Tongs and Scoops||Gutter Sense, GutterTongs, GutterGettr|
|Gutter Vacuum Accessories||Toro, Home Depot, Ridgid, Craftsman (Sears)|
|Gutter Sprayer||iRobot, SunJoe, Gutter Blast, Orbit|
Pros: Most reverse curve systems are made from a high strength aluminum alloy and come with an internal bracket system that reinforces your existing gutters to handle heavy weight and high wind situations. You'll never need to clean your gutters again and many providers guarantee not only clear gutters but also come with a free flowing performance guarantee.
Cons: You'll need to select a reputable local installer to ensure that your gutter guards are installed correctly. Warranties do vary among each product, so ask for the warranty language before making your purchase decision.
Providers: Gutter Helmet, TruGuard, Leaf Off, LeafLock
Pros: Mesh screen is relatively inexpensive and it will keep most debris out of your gutters. It's a do-it-yourself project or you can opt for a professional installation.
Cons: Mesh screens are made from low quality materials (PVC/plastic) and not as effective as other gutter guard products due to the mesh portion getting clogged overtime from pollen, tree sap, moss, etc. The mesh portion needs to be cleaned periodically and many providers provide you with a brush in the box or at time of installation. Heavy snow loads and falling branches are also a concern.
Providers: Gutterglove, TruValue, GutterGuard, FrostKing, FlexPoint
Pros: They keep all debris out of your gutters and are stronger than flexible mesh products. Many come with a guarantee no debris will ever enter your gutter.
Cons: Like a flexible mesh screen, any mesh screen or filter clogs over time from pollen, tree sap, moss, etc. No matter how fine the mesh, decomposing debris will break down and weave into the mesh screen potentially prohibiting rain water from entering. Again, you'll need to select a reputable local installer to ensure that your guards are installed correctly and warranties do vary among each product, so ask for the warranty language before making your purchase decision.
Providers: Valor, Gutter Helmet Micro-CS, GutterDome, Gutterglove, LeafBlaster, MasterShield, AmeriMax
Pros: If your gutters are old and you’re also looking at a gutter guard then a one piece system may be a great option. They come in variety of colors since they are custom roll formed onsite from gutter coil using a proprietary gutter machine.
Cons: Given the combo of gutter and guard, one piece systems handle less water than your current gutter system and they don’t feature a nose forward design therefore allowing more debris to accumulate into your gutters. One piece systems will install bigger downspouts to accommodate for this. If budget is a concern, an average installation can be very costly as you’re not only getting a gutter guard but you’re replacing all the gutters and downspouts at the same time.
Providers: LeafGuard, KGuard
Pros: They reduce the amount of gutter cleaning you need to do.
Cons: They need to be cleaned frequently since debris can accumulate on top of or inside the bristle.
Providers: GutterBrush, Any Major Box or Home Improvement Store
Pros: Fairly easy for a DIYer to install.
Cons: The little pores in the foam inserts can easily get clogged with fine sediment. They're hard to clean, so this can mean that you need to change your gutter inserts on a regular basis and pay for a new set.
Providers: Raingo, GutterGuard, GutterStuff
Pros: You'll have the guard and the heat to avoid the build up of ice and snow along the eaves of your home and help reduce your risk of ice dams, even when it's really cold.
Cons: You'll need professional assistance to install the heating system with your guard system or just the cabling system alone.
Providers: EasyHeat, FlexElec, WarmlyYours, Gutter Helmet - Helmet Heat, ProTherm
Pros: Extend your reach and stay safe since you don't need to stand on a ladder.
Cons: You won't be sure if your gutter is completely clean if you can't see inside. Some products still require you to stand on a ladder.
Providers: Gutter Sense, GutterTongs, GutterGettr
Pros: You'll be able to efficiently move debris from your gutters.
Cons: The leaves and gutters must be dry.
Providers: Toro, Home Depot, Ridgid, Craftsman (Sears)
Pros: You can see the inside of your gutters and clean them at the same time.
Cons: Spraying water above your head can be messy.
Providers: iRobot, SunJoe, Gutter Blast, Orbit
At Harry Helmet, we’re here to protect your gutters. If you’re considering a gutter guard or gutter heating system this year, contact us. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about the many ways that we can help keep your home secure.