Many homeowners now a days are so busy with family, work, and activities that taking care of household chores are becoming a thing of the past. More and more people are hiring companies to handle the dirty tasks that will free up a few more hours so the homeowners can handle the things that are really important. Gutter cleaning is one of those things. Many people neglect cleaning their gutters keeping them free of debris, resulting in many, many thousands of dollars of damage to their home, gutters, roof, and foundation.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), dirty gutters are a source for igniting fires that could have been avoided had the gutters been clear of debris. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) stated that over 500,000 people are treated in the hospital for falls from a ladder and over 300 people die each year from their injuries.
As a person who has been in the gutter cleaning and gutter guard business for more than 15 years now, I’ve seen a lot of different types and models of gutter systems, gutter guards and gutter protection. I’ve seen many that don’t work, and a few that work well. Many times, I’ve seen gutter protection systems installed improperly and poorly, causing them to work improperly as well. So having them installed properly is just as important as the gutter guard you purchase to be installed.
With all the different options out there to choose from, how do you pick the proper guard? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s been surprising to me, that I’ve shown up on some jobs to clean out the gutters only to find a gutter system installed on the gutters, that’s obviously not doing what it’s stated to do and advertised. I’ve found that others work as far as keeping the gutters clean as they advertise, but are absolutely horrible as far as collecting debris on top of the system installed itself. When this happens, the down-pour of water cannot drain into the gutter and instead builds up and flows over the top of the debris that’s collected on top of the gutter guard itself and runs off the edge of the gutter into your flower beds, damaging them as well as the foundation of your house. Sometimes, this can even flood your basements, as I’ve seen in the past.
My recommendation is to stay away from any screened guards, guards that drop into the gutter itself, such as the foams that are out on the market now, and any guards that have a drain channel big enough to allow small birds and animals to enter the gutter and build nests inside the guard. I wouldn’t recommend buying any of the cheaper systems you can buy at your local building supply store either. Most of them don’t work, and you’ll only be throwing them in the garbage within the next couple of years. There’s several hundred dollars down the drain that you could had put towards a system that works! Out of all the gutter systems I’ve seen, sold, installed and serviced in my time, I’d have to say the best I’ve come across on the market is a gutter system called Leafproof.
Leafproof is a heavy gauge aluminum gutter cover, sleek and streamlined in appearance, that comes in 12 different colors plus copper. It can fit on nearly any type of gutter and any pitch roof. The Leafproof System are flat panels installed on your existing gutters with a water channel that the water can drain through into your gutter. Small and large debris cannot get caught on the surface of them like many wire and net systems on the market today. They come with a lifetime non prorated transferable warranty and a guarantee that your gutters will not clog. Out of all the gutter systems on the market, Leafproof is my #1 recommendation for homeowners.