There are plenty of options to consider when shopping for Gutter Guards. While none are perfect, we believe GutterBrush offers the best simple, affordable solution to keep gutters flowing, reduce cleaning and prevent expensive water damage caused by clogged gutters.
Screens - Metal or Plastic
Inexpensive, Readily available in stores, Easy to install
Pine needles, seeds and small debris can clog screen. Water and Ice can build up under shingles.
Dirt and rusting screen can stain gutter face and home
Collapse under weight of ice, snow, fallen limbs, etc.
Frequently blow out during severe wind or weather
Difficult to access gutters for cleaning or maintenance
Gutter Cover / Reverse Curve
Can be effective against large leaves and debris.
Reduces gutter opening, allowing water overflow in heavy rain
Small debris flows into gutters, builds up and causes a clog or requires cleaning.
Shingles must be lifted to install or service gutters = Roof warranty problems
Difficult to remove system for any cleaning or maintenance
Shelter for Wasps, Birds & Rodents
Expensive – $12 - $30+ per foot
Foam / Sponge Filter
Easy installation Not visible from ground Effective against most large debris
Cells become filled with roof shingle grit, pollen, dust and compost resulting in overflows.
Moisture retained attracts insects, including mosquitoes and ant colonies.
Cleaning is difficult to remove small debris from cells
Common to see shrinkage or crumbling of these products within a few years.
Blocks maximum amount of both large and small debris
Tiny micro mesh openings can be overcome during a heavy rain and result in significant run off.
Dirt, dust, pollen & sap can build up over time and reduce the volume of water flow through the mesh.
Expensive – Professional installation required $18 - $35 / ft.
Easiest install & removal - No tools required
Effective barrier to most leaves & debris
No interference with roof or shingles
Use with existing gutters any roof or gutter type
Entire gutter channel remains open for heaviest rain
Prevents bird, insect and rodent nesting
Affordable – Approx $3.33 / ft DIY or $5 - $7 / ft. for professional installation
Made in the U.S.A.
Small debris (ie: pine needles, maple seeds) can work their way into brush over time and may require occasional cleaning or maintenance. Usually this limited debris will not cause a clog, but should be shaken out of brush to maintain optimal performance.
May be slightly visible with bristles crowning top of gutter.