Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 90
Rated 1 out of 5Â by IndyF1 Guess it was worth a try
I had new gutters installed last year and decided to see if these inexpensive gutter guards would save me from cleaning them. This was my first time using gutter guards.
You slip these things onto the outer edge of your gutter (they have a groove) and the other side you stuff under your shingles.
This year I saw sprouts growing in my gutter in various locations, so I went up to have a look.
What I found was several locations where the guards were no longer up under the shingle, but lying down in the gutter. Also, these plastic things have a screen attached to the bottom as an extra filter. Some of these screens had become detached and lie at the bottom of the gutter.
There were also areas where debris lay atop the gutter guards - but cleaning the tops of these seems to me to be about as much of a hassle as cleaning the gutter itself.
It is difficult to inspect and clean as you have to pry several feet of shingles way up to pull the guards out. I cut my hands up just trying to putt out some gunk here and there. Wear gloves.
I had retained my downspout screens and they were very blocked with gunk.
I use to have to clean my gutters about once or twice a year. Since I have to go through so much trouble to clean them now with these guards on there, I am just going to throw them away.
I guess it was worth a couple hundred dollars spent on these to see if I could get out of cleaning my gutters for next 10-20 years. They are more trouble than they are worth to me.
I recommend that you go up and blow off these guards on a regular basis if you use them.
I only had these things a year, but I will say that the plastic guards were still flexible and had not become brittle or harmed by the wicked cold winter of 2014.
July 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by commanderdave TERRIBLE PRODUCT
After a year or two they will badly warp and twist out of shape and it is impossible to reshape them to fit snugly without popping out. Stay away.
November 13, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by handyhouseholder Doesn't let the water through
I installed these last fall after cleaning out my gutters. They keep the leaves out, but unfortunately they also keep much of the water out: there were steady drips all along the gutters this spring when it rained. There is simply not enough open area to let all the water through. I am in the process of replacing these with Invisiflow metal gutter guards which appear to have a much larger percentage of the surface open.
June 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by pinkmanct @indyF1
You installed the gutter guard upside down. The screen mesh goes on the top side. The front of the gutter guard then snaps over the top of the front edge of the gutter.
You are right about the screen mesh. It is not super securely attached and eventually can come off.
Other pro tip -- if you install these on gutters where you get ice damming, remove them after the leaves finish falling. Otherwise, they will freeze in the ice in the gutter, and you will invent new profanity trying to clear the gutter.
November 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ClydeBT Easy to install, works great!
I bought these last year to see if they would help me avoid the dreaded gutter clean-up since I'm afraid of heights and need to get help. My brother installed them quickly and said they were really easy (probably did about 65 feet in under an hour, and he was cleaning the gutters as he went). They slide under the shingle and clip right into place. We decided to see how they weathered the seasons before finishing the front of the house. There was literally nothing in the gutters when he checked them this fall after a lot of leaves came down (plus I get those "helicopters" from the oak trees), so I went ahead and bought the rest that I needed to finish the job. Completed my ranch for a total cost of less than $75. They didn't buckle under last year's blizzard and other storms, so I think they'll last a long time. Really happy with the product and would recommend (and have) to others.
December 10, 2013