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Gutter Guards vs. LeafGuard Brand Gutters

13 July 2017

Directing rainwater away from your home is a critical step to ensuring your basement stays dry, your foundation remains intact, and your landscaping doesn’t erode.  Because gutters play such a critical role in the viability of a house, it’s only natural that homeowners have lots of questions about the styles available within the marketplace.  We often encounter questions about our opinion of open style gutters and if gutter installation can be a DIY project.  For homeowners with preexisting gutters, they’re curious to understand if putting a cover on their gutters, rather than fully replacing them makes sense.  The short answer is no.  Here’s the long answer:

INSTALLATION TECHNIQUE In many instances dual piece gutter covers are installed directly onto your roof with screws or nails.  Doing so may void your roof’s warranty.  What we like about installing LeafGuard brand gutters is that they are installed on a home’s fascia board which leaves a roof’s warranty intact.roof

MAINTENANCE One type of gutter guard utilizes foam inserts inside the gutter.  The problem with this approach is that it does not fully prevent debris from accumulating within the gutters, causing homeowners to still have to climb up a ladder to clear them out periodically.  Other systems have screens with sizeable holes to let water in and ward off debris.  However, leaves can still get stuck on top of the screens and if there are enough, the screens can collapse underneath the weight.  LeafGuard brand gutters are accompanied with a clog-free warranty that states if for any reason they clog, the installing dealer will be the one climbing up a ladder to address the issue and not the homeowner.

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This is a single day’s worth of topper devices that were removed from Twin Cities homes after installing LeafGuard brand gutters.

PRICE The most expensive home improvement is the one you pay for twice.  It’s astonishing how many gutter cover contraptions we remove from homes because they clog, can’t handle heavy water flow, have plants growing in them, are pulling away from the home, or are discolored.  Homeowners are oftenpleasantly surprised when they find out during their free estimate that LeafGuard brand gutters are in the same price category as several prominent gutter topper devices.  They’re accompanied with iron-clad warranties that cover the ScratchGuard® paint finish and workmanship.

AESTHETICS Color matching a gutter hood to preexisting gutters can prove to be a challenge.  If color matching isn’t spot-on, your home’s curb appeal can be negatively impacted.  LeafGuard brand gutters are a one-piece, seamless system so there’s no worry of unsightly color variations. red house

WATER MANAGEMENT Before awarding LeafGuard brand gutters their prestigious seal, the Good Housekeeping Institute verified that they can handle over 30 inches of water in an hour.  This is due to their oversize design and generous downspout dimensions.  Applying a topper to small-scale gutters will fail to address water that overshoots because the gutters cannot keep up with substantial rainfall.