Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 27
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark The best gutter guard
I have had Amerimax 85280 Hinged Gutter Guards on my roof for 8 years. I had to re-attach them recently after putting on a new roof. The gutters are aluminum with too thick of an edge to clip the guards on. My previous roof had thin enough shingles that I just clipped the guards on the shingles. They had a tendency to blow up in a very high wind since the hinge was away from the wind, but otherwise were the best gutter guards I have seen. The new shingles were too thick to hold the guard clips; browsing the internet didn’t reveal any guard products that came close to the Amerimax – no matter how good the guard, something able to clog the gutter drain will eventually get in. The beauty of the Amerimax is that they flip up out of the way for easy cleaning (besides keeping most of the debris out in the first place).
After thinking it over, I decided keep my Amerimax guards and drill a hole in each hinge and screw the hinge to the gutter. I used an 11/64 cobalt drill bit (cobalt is necessary) to drill the hole and a set of needle nose pliers to hold the hinge. It took less than an hour to drill the hinges on 35 guards. I used a pistol grip electric screw driver and 6 x ½ metal screws to attach the guards. I used a Sharpee marker to mark where to drill, moved the hinge aside, drilled the screw in with the screw driver, then backed the screw out, put the hinge in place, and screwed the hinge down. See the attached photos.
With the hinged side on the leading edge of the gutter, the blow up issue seems to be gone. I am pleased to have the guards back in place.
August 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 2oldfogey easy and effective
Installed 150 feet of this product about 2 months ago, observed it during light and heavy rains. It works fine except where the high-roof downspout adds to the low-roof runoff; there I added a sheet metal diverter (see photos).
Installation was easy. No need to flatten them (the curve prevents them from curling), but I did install them under the shingles. Overlapped them about 1/2 inch but probably didn't need to. Finished in about 6 hours work, mostly on 28-ft ladder. Wonder how they work in snow and ice?
August 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nutmegger GREAT gutter guard solution
Very sturdy and practical. Much better than the plastic gutter guards; This stuff is galvanized steel, so heat or cold, rain or shine, these will last.
I found that with some gutter configurations it is easier and MUCH faster to screw the front edge of the guards to the outside of the top edge of the gutter than to use the clips (use stainless steel sheetmetal screws #6x1/2"). But then again, for some gutters it is easier to use the clips.
Get sheetmetal sheers, since some length, witdth and angle cutting will be necessary.
Wear gloves! the ones sold at Home Depot with the palm side coated in orange resin work best for this task as far as hand protection vs. dexterity.
Overall, GREAT product.
August 23, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by rogun Still have to remove leaves
I was able to clip these on my gutter, and for the most part, they weathered high winds okay. The few that have come off did so under adverse situations that were understandable, such as a large limb falling on them, and I don't mind having to put a few back up.
The real predicament is that the curved shape collects leaves, limbs, pine needles and other debris on the shingles. So, instead of cleaning out the gutters, you now have to remove the debris on the over-hanging shingles. I'd thought about blowing it off with a leaf blower, but I'm not sure that's any easier then just removing the leaves from the gutter.
After testing them for a couple of years, I can already tell that my shingles are deteriorating much faster where the debris collects. I only installed them along one roof line and the shingles look much worse along that roof line, then they do the others.
My final verdict is that they're not worth it for this reason. I may see if I can make them fit in a way that they won't collect debris, but I'll probably just end up removing them. You're basically just trading out cleaning out the gutters with cleaning out above the gutters, but you still have to climb on the roof, either way.
April 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Markarov Great Idea
Easy to install. A few of the clips needed to be compressed a little to ensure a tight fit but not a big deal.
The sections are heavy enough to keep the wind from rolling them out but figured if that did happen all I would need to do is wire two together to increase the weight. They have already helped keep small tree limbs and acorns from filling into my gutters during the recent rains. I especially like the ability to roll the sections back and clean the gutter if needed but so far that has not had to be done.
April 21, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bobbie This product has one weakness.
After working with this product for 20 years I can say that it has one big weakness. The debris (= small leaves, needles, etc) will collect at the upper part of the guard. So unless you remove (brushing/blowing does NOT do the trick)
this debris, the lowest layer of shingles has little or NO chance of drying out. Hence the lifetime of these shingles is halved. So it does require regular cleaning.
November 25, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DrDremel Great product to save time
I bought this product 15 years ago and for the first time in 15 years I had to clean dirt from my gutter. I have not had maple seeds or any leaves in my gutters for the entire time. I own a colonial and figure that I have saved over 40 hours of my life not cleaning my gutters. Everyone needs this product! The product stays over the gutter where you put it, definitely worth the money.
April 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PJMc Works well but has to be installed differently from instructions
The product works great if you slide one edge under the shingles, then use gutter screws to fasten the outside edge to the top outside gutter edge. The product will not work as advertised if installed per OEM instructions (using the clip & laying the opposite edge on top of the shingle). My entire house is guttered & took 405' (140 pieces) to complete installation. It took 2 full days & 700 screws to finish but cost considerably less than the $4000 I was quoted to have it 'professionally' done. I definitely recommend the product but only if installed as described.
January 5, 2013