Gutter Guard – Product Comparison

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.  

Common Gutter Guard Failures

Gutter Guard Failures

 

Screens - Metal or Plastic

Pros: 

Cheap material cost, Readily available in stores

Cons: 

Difficult to install properly and securely.  Joints open up, water flows laterally bringing debris into gutter.

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

Pros: 

Can be effective against large leaves and debris.

Cons: 

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

Decreases slope of roof at gutter, increasing chance of ice dams and backups.. 

Difficult and expensive to remove system for any cleaning or maintenance.

Limits who you can have perform maintenance, tools and skill required.

Shelter for Wasps, Birds & Rodents

Expensive – $20 - $35 per foot

 

Foam / Sponge Filter

Pros: 

Easy installation Not visible from ground.

Cons: 

Sponge foam resides down in in gutter therefore debris that sets on the foam is trapped within the gutter creating a leaf mat on the foam blocking water and causing water to skip past the gutter.

 Cells become filled with roof shingle grit, pollen, dust, dirt and compost resulting in overflows.

Moisture retained attracts insects, including mosquitoes and ant colonies.

Cleaning is difficult or impossible to remove small debris from cells to get it to be able to flow again.

Common to see shrinkage, curling and crumbling of these products within a few years due to sunshine / UV deterioration.  Knock off lower quality un-coated products exist in the market making it difficult to discern foam from bad.

 

Micro Mesh

Pros: 

Blocks maximum amount of both large and small debris

Cons: 

Tiny micro mesh openings are too small for fast water and can be overcome during a heavy rain, resulting 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.

Tiny openings in the mesh may keep debris out of the gutters but they also keep water out of the gutters, especially when the openings get dirty and smaller.

GutterBrush Leaf Guard

Pros: 

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.

(New Gutters) GutterBrush can be installed from the ground before mounting and hangers.

Cons: 

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 can be shaken out of brush to maintain optimal performance.

May be slightly visible with bristles crowning top of gutter in some circumstances.