One thing we understand for sure here at Call The Gutter Guys is how important is to ensure your gutters remain clean and free of debris so they flow properly. We take great pride in designing systems that are efficient at keeping water flowing away from your home. But it’s not only the design, its the products we use to ensure a long life. Gutter guards and leaf protection are no exception. We offer a wide variety of gutter guards to help keep debris, critters and leaves out of your gutters.
With over 30 years of construction experience to help us make evaluations on what our customers need and how to best match them with products to meet those needs. In addition, we consistently talk with other installers, homeowners and evaluate our real world experience to keep up on what’s working the best. Recently, we read through the best gutter guards according to consumer reports as we’ll and well share that here.
Before we look at the reviews and compare them to what we see here in the field at Call The Gutter Guys let’s explore a little more what gutter guards do.
Cleaning Gutters With or Without Gutter Guards
Bottom line is you need to clean your gutters with or without guards. There is no maintenance free gutter guard out there, no matter what they say on TV and Radio ads. The difference is, guards will require less maintenance. An example would be you’ll still need to periodically remove debris from the top of the cover. Whereas, no covered gutter systems require yearly interior cleanings. If you do not perform regular gutter cleanings the lack of upkeep may lead to water damage to your home.
Most common issues arise during season changes. Pollen buildup in spring and leaves in the fall cause the most build up in and on your gutters. One option is to have them cleaned a few times a year to clear out your runs and downspouts. Another option is to have gutter guards installed on your system. This will keep leaves and debris out and drastically cut down the amount of maintenance that is necessary.
There Are Many Benefits To Adding Gutter Covers – Here Are A Few
Nearly eliminates seasonal cleaning of the inside gutter
Helps prevent clogs at the downspout location
Reduces risk of overflow, rotting fascia, mild dew or deterioration of the foundation
Only requires a seasonal dust off to get rid of pollen and/or larger fallen branches and debris
Covers add strength to gutters which during the winter really helps as snow and ice settle on your roof
Which Gutter Guards Does Call The Gutter Guys?
While we can install most any cover on the market there are a few that seem to work better. Leaf Blaster is an aluminum mesh screen that works really well. Another cover that’s also aluminum so its nice and strong is called RX. These are two of the most popular covers that have many advantages.
The Best Gutter Guards According To Consumer Reports
As promised, here is the consumer reports blog on gutter guards from their 2021 report. Now, there are a few covers in the report we disagree with from real world experience. If you’d like to k ow which ones and why, feel free to call us anytime at 612-314-6770.