Gutter Guards can be largely ineffective without maintenance, as well as extremely expensive. Most people don't want to spend a lot of money and then become disappointed that it does not work the way you wanted it to. Below are some general rules to follow and examples of common gutter guard solutions offered by contractors along with potential concerns.
Dirty / Clogged Helmet / Gutter Cover
Helmets and Covers - They are notorious for causing fast water to bypass the gutter entirely in a heavy rain; even when new. When the nose gets dirty within a year, the water releases from the nose even easier. The water has a difficult time hugging the metal when it gets dirty. Some contractors explain that they have to go back and wash the gutter guard every year to make sure the water hugs and makes its way into the gutter, rather than past the gutter. The water brings small leaves, dirt and debris into the slot and gutter, so although they say “never clean your gutters again”, actual homeowner experience is that they do clog and are expensive to dismantle for clearing. These devices can also experience serious problems from wind driven rain and ice build up.
Dirty / Clogged Gutter Screens
Screens: If they have apertures that are large enough to accept water well, then the water will bring debris into the gutter and the gutter will eventually clog, requiring the screen to be dismantled for gutter cleaning and also picking the debris out of the screen itself. If the openings in the screen are so small that they do not allow any debris into the gutter, ie: micro screens then the gutter may never need cleaning but the screen itself will require cleaning to prevent water from skipping past the gutter. Tiny screen openings will clog as water travels through with dirt, dust and pollen. The main problem is when it needs cleaning, the water will not go into the gutter. Also, creating a flat shelf connection from the gutter to the fascia or roof gives water a much greater chance of backing up and leaking due to wind or ice.
GutterBrush fills the gutter with no tools or attachments. Easy installation and maintenance.
GutterBrush is a system that is easy to install and maintain with no tools and no fasteners. It does not connect the gutter to the roof or fascia. Most Gutter guard contractors charge between $15.00 - $35.00 per foot to install covers and screens. Most contractors charge between $4.50 - $7.00 per foot to install GutterBrush . Homeowners can self install GutterBrush with no tools or fasteners for $3.50 - $4.00 per foot because anyone who can clean gutters can install GutterBrush.