Fall may bring pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween, but it also brings falling leaves and heavy downpours. The latter can create problems for your gutters. Clogged gutters can back up into the soffit of your home and can create areas of flooding around your property, including the potential for expensive roof damage. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to get on a ladder and clean off the leaves every few days. There are other options. We wanted to improve the life of our new gutters, so I did some research. When considering your choices, you have the option of hiring a firm to install a product. I wanted to find something we could do ourselves.
If you are doing the same, check for that promote easy DIY installation, know the shape of your current gutters, and look for pieces that promote excellent water and air flow. The point is to keep items out of the gutter, while still maintaining adequate water flow away from your property. Based on my research, here are the four best DIY options for keeping your gutters free of debris all year long.
1.Gutter guards sit inside or on top of your gutters to prevent leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris from sticking in the gutters. Based on internet reviews on multiple sites, the Shur Flo X Leaf Guard Gutter Protector for 5” K-Style Gutters tops the list. This patented perforated filtration system allows rainfall to drain while keeping everything else out. It is an economical and long-lasting solution. The high-quality panels fit directly inside your existing gutter and do not require installation under any roof shingles. AS such, the company promises they will not void and roof warranties you may have. Shur Flo offers their own 25-year manufacturer’s warranty. You can select from three different designs: Shur Flo Flat, Shur Flo X for increased ventilation, and Shur Flo Step-Down for gutters installed with speed-screws or quick-screw hangers. All products come with detailed installation instructions. Unlike some of their counterparts, these gutter guards are virtually invisible from the ground. The rust-free aluminum mill finish comes is available in black or white. The package come with 50 panels that are each four feet long. It is available from Amazon and costs $210.00, with free shipping to all customers. The website shows a 4.6 out 5-star rating with customer comments such as “great product,” “no headaches,” and “simple effective gutter leaf guard.”
2.Another option is to use a top piece gutter cover. These ventilated items also allow air and water flow while keeping debris from piling in your gutters. Gardening reviews online point to Amerimax Home Products 86670 Snap-in Filter Gutter Guard. This product is also Amazon’s Choice for gutter covers. The covers are compatible with 4, 5, and 6-inch metal K-style gutters and the rigid mesh-PVC design is constructed for durability. Snap-in installation is easy for do-it-yourselfers. Each carton contains 25 made-in-the-USA pieces of 3-foot covers. Rated at 4.2 out of 5 stars, Amazon currently has the set listed for only $44.97. Purchasers state these are “easy to install,” and “a must have in an area with loads of trees.”
3.For an even easier solution, you can opt for a gutter insert. Advisors suggest this is the best and easiest option for do-it-yourselfers. This solution completely prevents water pooling inside, which also prevents mosquitoes from breeding in your gutters. The inserts sit inside your gutters to prevent debris from lodging in the gutters. Gutterstuff Pro Gutter Guard K-Style Foam Insert is perfect. The high-quality, cost effective choice seamlessly fits into your gutter without sacrificing any aesthetics to your property. Each 5-inch insert measures 48 X 13 X 7 inches long and weighs about 5.8 pounds. Maneuvering this lightweight product is much easier than lifting metal pieces up to the roof’s edge. GutterStuff’s patented flat-bottom foam holds its shape and protects gutters from dirt and debris while still allowing water through. Additionally, it is available in a variety of protective coatings to suit your needs. Crafted from durable polyether outdoor foam, the insert will not dent, bend, crumble, or lose its shape and includes a 5-year warranty. Gutterstuff Pro Gutter is Amazon’s Choice for foam inserts. It costs $47.50 for eight pieces of four-foot sections. The product maintains a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. Purchasers comment that this is the “best gutter solution both for large and small materials.” They also remark that it is “easy to install,” and is an “excellent product.”
4.If you are looking for a quick fix that is much less expensive, you can consider gutter strainers instead. Incly Gutter Guard Strainer Downspouts Filter is Amazon’s Choice for this type of product. For only $12.99, you get six 3-inch strainers to strategically place near your downspout areas. No tools are required. Simply push-fit the filters into the gutters. They are made from premium galvanized non-corrosive iron that is water and weather resistant. Incly promises they stay firmly in place once installed. The expandable construction allows them to fit in downspouts of two to four inches. The company offers a 100% money-back guarantee. The filters received a 4 out of 5-star rating from purchasers. Comments include “basic, good for my gutter,” and “exactly what we needed.
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