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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


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.  


Micro Mesh


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.



GutterBrush Leaf Guard


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.

GutterBrush Leaf Guard Side View