Is the Cost of Gutter Guards Worth It?

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Subject: gutter cleaning without ladders

My husband cleans our second story gutters without any ladders (and we live in a woods!)
He utilizes leaf blower and 2 sets of extension tubes. He readily blows out leaves and debris walking around the house from the ground.
It works amazingly well and is safe!

Stephen Thorn

Subject: Gutter guards

I have done gutter cleaning for it seems like eons" Living in Wisconsin with huge sugar Maples, which shed 4 times a year, with the leaves being the most, and a lot of. Also had a spruce near the house, and the needles!!! 2 years ago we purchased and installed ourselves, gutter guards, that come in a roll. had some issues installing them, they needed to be pinched between the eave and the out side gutter rim. Found out they will not stand up to snow loads and ice! This year I purchased Amerimax gutter guards, assorted colors plastic, 3 ft in length and will fit 4-6 inch gutters widths. They slide under the shingles, and snap into the gutters outside rim. So far so good. Will let you know how they do..


Subject: WAY BETTER OPTION than Gutter Guards

For less than $500 we installed GutterStuff EZ 5-Inch K Style Foam Gutter Filter Insert, We used the first installation for 7 years and on a heavily wooded lot with massive oak and hickory trees. We only cleaned the leaves and debris of with a blower each fall (no ladders on our cape cod required) we have a VERY steep pitch, I think the roofer said 24-1 and leaves were always a mess in the gutters. We replaced all of the foam inserts last year when we installed a new roof so that we would not have to worry about it again. This stuff is amazing and can be cut easily and installed without professional help. We live in the mid-west we have 4 seasons and the foam has held up amazingly well. We were also happy to see little to no silt and fine debris under the foam sitting in the bottom of the gutter after 7 years. We have recommended this to family, friends and most of our neighbors. It works! We are in our 70's and always looking for high quality and reasonably priced products for our home maintenance and this product can be purchase at large home stores. I found my best price was from Amazon.

Edward Savarno

Subject: Gutter guards

A remote controlled gutter robot (iRobot) to clean them out is an alternative. The cost of ownership is lower than a gutter cleaning but you still have to place it in the gutter.


Subject: Gutter guards accumulate particulate debris

My son was having problems with water overflowing sections of his porch roof's gutter and that of his neighbor's attached gutter. He arranged for a local company to service the gutters and the tech found he had guards installed. There were no leaves but sections were completely filled with roof silt and other debris that runs off the shingles when it rains. Further, these guards had to be ripped off with great force in order to clean out the gutters. I had him rip all the guard sections off the attached houses and take them away. On the 2nd floor, birds had build nests under the guards and a one-foot section was choked with nesting material.
If one goes with guards they need to be very easy to remove and reinstall because small sized debris will accumulate and whoever goes up there will have to deal with the guards.

Shawn Heifetz

Subject: Gutter guards

I received a quote of about $7000 for 215ft of gutters. This was the Mastershield product with the micromesh and they match the roof angle. It was supposed to have a lifetime warranty. Couldn't justify the expense but it seems a it higher than mentioned.

Barbara A Body

Subject: Gutter helmut

I invested in the Gutter Helmut product over 20 years ago. One of the attractive features was that the installer would for 20 years come to clean the gutters if they became clogged. My neighborhood has lots of willow oaks and I did have to have the installer come and clean the gutters a couple of times. I've never thought two times a year was sufficient - as the gutters would become clogged well before all the leaves were down before I bought the Gutter Helmuts and I feared that could lead to other problems.

Now that warranty is up and I am thinking about having the gutters and guards redone. It isn't clear to me if there has been a dramatic improvement over the Gutter Helmut system but for me it's been a great investment to have clear gutters and I'll probably do it again!


Subject: Gutter Genie

My gutter guards have worked very well and I live in the woods. For that reason I am on the roof several times a year, but not scooping crud out of the gutters as before. The biggest gripe is that my lifetime warranty is useless since the company went out of business. I also have trouble keeping the lip of the covers clean, meaning they do drip quite a bit. Icicle buildup is an issue with all gutter guards, I have been told.

Larry H

Subject: Gutter Guards

I had Leaf Filter gutter guards installed on new gutters 10 years ago and I have had a perfect, flawless experience. The fine stainless steel mesh cover is tough and barely allows dirt to enter the gutters! And, you cannot see it from anywhere and, it does not contribute to ice dams! Would do same again if I were to move!

Sue Gmail

Subject: Leaf Guard gutter guards

We have had 2 homes that we purchased Leaf Guard gutter systems for. The first home was a 2 story with a steep pitch roof. We had water backing up and causing the plaster to crumble and other problems. I was afraid for my husband to get up there and clean them 2-3 times per year. We had Leaf Guard for about 14 years before we moved. Comes with a lifetime warranty which we transferred to the new owners. We had finches nest sometimes and called Leaf Guard, and they sent someone out to clean the nests out. Never did have a clog or backup even with the nests. Would recommend. Loved them. The second house had a low pitch and the gutters froze and overflowed when they began to thaw a few times and caused icicles pretty bad, but we just knocked them down over the walkways, but still would use again. The neighbor had screen-type guards and was a huge mess; might have been easier to just clean the gutters rather than pick the stems out of the holes.

John McBride

Subject: Gutter Helmet

Bought Gutter Helmet 20 years ago and never had to clean gutters again. The company guarantees if it clogs they will clean it for free. Just had roof replaced they came off and on easily. They will probably outlive me.

Lisa Lewis

Subject: don't get the ones I've got

That's good advice in the article about getting gutter guards that are easy to remove. The ones I bought--or, I should say, finally gave in on due to the hard-sell tactics from the gutter installation people--are anything but, and talk about motivation not to clean the gutters! I'm going to have to have the whole mess replaced, since the vinyl gutters have now stretched out in a couple of spots where the gutter guards only made it extra-difficult to clean the gutters and they look truly hideous even though they're only a few years old. I'll take constant cleaning any time.

Kathy Hanna

Subject: Gutter guards

We installed Gutter Brushes a couple of years ago and have been very pleased with them. The leaves dry up and blow off of them on windy days. Our home is a bi-level and the roof is pretty high off the ground. We have a couple of mature pin-oak trees about 20-25 feet from the west side of the house, so we have a great many leaves. We aren't getting any younger and for the money (less than $300 for about 80 feet of brushes, front and back total) they have been worth every penny!

Pamela F Sutterfield

Subject: gutter guards

Our problem is with debris catching on top on the guard or cover. It builds up and allows plants to grow on top. We have tried 3 different types of guards and the problem has been the same with all three. One gutter is on the second floor and high to get to. Should they be removed?

Carolyn Kimbrough

Subject: Gutter Guards

We have an issue with debri building up in our gutters. We think birds are nesting . It only occurs on the front gutters. My husband and I are in our 70's , and don't need to be on ladders, is there a reasonable solution, that won't take an arm and leg to fix?

Clayton Cheever

Subject: Cost an arm and leg

Hi Carolynn,

Your local gutter expert should be able to provide you with a balanced solution. There are products out there that are middle of the road and work great so that you or your husband do not need to get up on the roof after installation. They'll cost about $7-$10 installed. If you choose a less expensive gutter guard in the $2-$3 range they will last one maybe two seasons before needing to clean them out but that also depends on the amount of trees and the type of trees surrounding your house. I recommend Gutter RX. Otherwise you could plan on spending aboiut $250 each fall to have your local gutter expert come clean the debris out.

Best regards

Seamless Gutters by Design

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.