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After some trial and error, we found what we believe to be the best gutter guards on the market, EasyOn Gutter Guards! Take a look for yourselves!

Note: This is not a paid endorsement, we are just genuinely happy with the product and wanted to share to save you all the headaches we experienced.

 

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Thanks for the real life review....

I have the same issue...oak pollen pods then maple leaf helicopters, then pine needles then leaves. I'm up there about 5 or 6 times a year cleaning our gutters so I am real interested in finding something that works.

How long have you had them on your gutters?
 

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Thanks for the real life review....

I have the same issue...oak pollen pods then maple leaf helicopters, then pine needles then leaves. I'm up there about 5 or 6 times a year cleaning our gutters so I am real interested in finding something that works.

How long have you had them on your gutters?
They have been up just over a year. I haven't had to pull them off one time for a clog, which is impressive because I was up on the roof several times a year before. Even when I had put the standard black steel gutter guards up, I was up on the roof cleaning at least twice a year.

My biggest concern after putting them up was how much water they could handle, it seemed that the micromesh was so fine that it would impede water flow into the gutter. Well, we had a storm roll through last week that dumped about 1.5 inches in just under 30 minutes and they handled it just fine. The only place I had a little coming over the edge of the gutter was in the eaves (which I mention in the video).

I bought enough for half the house last year to do a trial, I was pleased enough that I bought the other half this spring. Now just to put them all up. Then no more roof walking for me!:laugh:

Let me know if you have any other questions
 

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We are getting our gutters replaced because of hail damage to the Leaf Guard gutters as well as the roof and siding. That turned into our garage project that I am documenting in a separate thread.

We don't have the new gutters yet but once we get the siding done they can go up. We ended up going with a similar product to what you have which is called Valor Gutter Guard. The Micro Stainless Steel Screen with louvers under it so it isn't a flat screen. The one difference is that louvers are S shaped. They say to slow the water down. We looked at Leaf Filter but didn't like the plastic frame and the fact that they sat flat on the gutter where the Valor is pitched to match the roof line like yours so all the water passes over the screen which helps wash it off when it rains.

In-Depth Valor® Gutter Guard Reviews (2017) | The Gutter Guard Experts | Denver, Colorado - YouTube
 

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I’ve had the Easy On Gutter guards on my home for 3-4 years now and aside from a quick sweep with a long push broom to clear off sticky oak blossoms they handle my myriad of tree debris (oak blooms, leaves, maples, pines, etc) with no issues and excellent durability.

I just hung a gutter on the front of the barn and before I even came off the lift I had new guards to place on them as well.

Any approx $2/foot (Costco) they aren’t the cheapest guard out there but they’re well worth it in my opinion :bigthumb:
 

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Just curious how well they worked with snow / ice for you?

We usually get a few 6" snow's during the year, the roof that is south facing will melt off over the course of a few days. If we get bigger snows, I rake the snow off the roof about 5' from the eave so that area of the roof doesn't get ice dams and snow melt flows freely down into the gutter.

I am wondering if the snow melt will freeze over the mesh and the next days melt will be running over the gutter?
 

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You hear real mixed results on the Gutter "screens / covers / guards" or whatever one wants to call them.

I decided long ago that my favorite way to keep the gutters clean of tree debris is a chainsaw......and a no tree within 100 feet perimeter rule.

Its not just the gutters, but the mold on the roof for not getting enough sun light, limb damage, etc. One neighbor is putting their house on the market and they are pushing to have it sold before fall, because they have a ton of trees and one of the reasons they are moving is because of all the leaves and tree debris, they are sick of dealing with it.................they are afraid if the house is still on the market in the fall, the leaves will scare away potential buyers.

I asked them their top "must haves" on their next house and they said;

1. NO trees near the house

2. A pole barn for his stuff.

3. Main floor master bedroom..........

Glad to hear you have found a gutter system which you are happy with and meets your needs...Your review and video will certainly help those searching for such a system..:good2:
 

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I’ve had the Easy On Gutter guards on my home for 3-4 years now and aside from a quick sweep with a long push broom to clear off sticky oak blossoms they handle my myriad of tree debris (oak blooms, leaves, maples, pines, etc) with no issues and excellent durability.

I just hung a gutter on the front of the barn and before I even came off the lift I had new guards to place on them as well.

Any approx $2/foot (Costco) they aren’t the cheapest guard out there but they’re well worth it in my opinion :bigthumb:
Michigan must certainly get some snow!! How have they worked for you with snow melt?
 

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Michigan must certainly get some snow!! How have they worked for you with snow melt?
I have one location that I have issues with ice dams but it’s at an interior wall between the home and the garage and also where all the roof penetrations are for appliance exhaust-so I don’t blame the guards on the ice there.

Everywhere else I’ve not seen any ice to speak of weather I rake the roof or not. Raking it certainly helps direct the flow of melt into the gutter, but even without I hear melt flow trickling down the spouts... there are occasional drips from the gutters if we get significant show and I haven’t raked, however those are usually from snow that piles up out past the edge of the front of the gutter and can’t be expected to flow backwards to them.
 

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We moved into our home in April 1982, the house was 3 years old, there was a coarse screen gutter guard over the gutters,,

Within 3 months of moving in, the gutters were running over,, that is not the fall leaf season,,
I was cleaning gutters year round, every two months,,
I switched to a fine screen mesh (not as fine as in the video),, that fine mesh clogged also,,
tulip poplar trees are the worst tree I have for clogging gutter contraptions,,, :flag_of_truce:

Well, a decade or more ago, I found a guard system at Lowes, it mimics the expensive commercially installed systems,,

It uses surface tension to pull water into the gutter, trash and leaves go over the lip, and off the roof,,,

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Amerimax-Solid-Gutter-Cover-PVC-Gutter-Cover-6-in-x-4-ft/3057313



I have over a decade experience with this system,, for me, it is perfection.
AND, the BIGGEST PLUS is that it only costs $1 per foot of gutter,, the vinyl is easy to cut with snips.

I do not have any "needle" type trees (pine), so I do not know how that works.

One big problem I had with the fine screen was that over time, the asphalt shingles shed "grit"
that grit would clog the screen.

A metal or slate roof would not have that problem.

The sections are four feet long,, in the decade I have had them, about 4 or 5 have blown away,, I consider that to be really good.

I have cleaned them once in the decade or so that I have had them,,, the slots will catch a few tulip poplar seeds,,
and after 8 or more years, the seeds needed to be removed.
 

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My problem isn't the gutter guards. I have the type that you slip under the shingles then attach the guard to the front lip of the gutter. The gutter sits level and the guard is on an angle creating a very small gap. The birds get in the end gaps and build their nests. I am not a ladder and roof guy. Do any of these systems eliminate that gap?

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Just curious how well they worked with snow / ice for you?

We usually get a few 6" snow's during the year, the roof that is south facing will melt off over the course of a few days. If we get bigger snows, I rake the snow off the roof about 5' from the eave so that area of the roof doesn't get ice dams and snow melt flows freely down into the gutter.

I am wondering if the snow melt will freeze over the mesh and the next days melt will be running over the gutter?

I also have not had any issues with ice dams. We had a couple snows this year of 6 inches plus and didn't have any problems. I don't rake the snow off either. The water seems to run off the top and into the gutter quickly enough that refreezing is not an issue

My problem isn't the gutter guards. I have the type that you slip under the shingles then attach the guard to the front lip of the gutter. The gutter sits level and the guard is on an angle creating a very small gap. The birds get in the end gaps and build their nests. I am not a ladder and roof guy. Do any of these systems eliminate that gap?

Thanks
It almost sounds like the size of the gutter guards aren't right for your gutters. There is no gap with these for anything to get into the gutter. They slip under the roof line by a good distance.
 

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The birds get in the end gaps and build their nests. I am not a ladder and roof guy. Do any of these systems eliminate that gap?
I got the nests at first,, then, I found a rock that was the correct size,,
the rock sets in the end of the gutter, and blocks to opening,,

The rock will not rot like wood, and will not blow away like a small piece of metal or piece of vinyl,,,

no holes or fasteners are needed to keep it in place.
 

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I'm saving this thread. Despite having my trees 75-100' from my home we are still acquiring crap in the gutters. I think whomever installed the gutters didn't pitch them adequately and that is the root cause of all this. Next spring I'll be hiring someone to remove the current one and install a new one that is continuous and I think I'll go for a larger gutter. I'm undecided about brand of guards but the DIY route seems acceptable. The professional installs is serious money.
 

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I'm saving this thread. Despite having my trees 75-100' from my home we are still acquiring crap in the gutters. I think whomever installed the gutters didn't pitch them adequately and that is the root cause of all this. Next spring I'll be hiring someone to remove the current one and install a new one that is continuous and I think I'll go for a larger gutter. I'm undecided about brand of guards but the DIY route seems acceptable. The professional installs is serious money.
Agreed! You know the professional installs are going to be pricey when they send you a coupon in the mail for $750 off:lolol:
 

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We had the same as the OP at the home we just sold. No issues with the gutters clogging, but we didn't have much for trees near that home.

At this home, we have "Gutter Helmet" and its been in place for nearly 20 years. We've had zero issues with clogs. However, as it is a "over the top reverse roll system", when we get the torrential down pours, they are over ran. To be fair, probably just about anything would with that volume of water and our 9/12 roof pitch.

We have quite a number of Oaks, Maples and White Pines. The long needles of the White Pine are the issue. They don't clog the gutters, rather they collect in the roof valleys and the diverters at the base of the valleys. We have a quite a few roof lines with the shape of the home and all the dormers. Diverters were installed at the base of the valley to channel the voluminous collected flow of the valley off to each side, do it wouldn't overshoot the gutters. The diverters make fantastic collection points for the white pine needles and over the course of a year, I'll have needles backed up the valleys 3 to 5".

While we haven't had any issue with water backup under the shingles as a result, I attribute this to the "Roof Defender" ice and water backup sticky membrane we laid at the first 6' base of the roof line and both sides of each valley. None the less, I do become concerned about water backup under the valley shingles freezing, expanding, and damaging the shingles. So each fall, just before the snow blows, I'm up on the roof cleaning the valleys out! While not nearly as much work as cleaning gutters, the 9/12 pitch is getting to be a bit much in my later years.
 

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Have the Lowes

We moved into our home in April 1982, the house was 3 years old, there was a coarse screen gutter guard over the gutters,,

Within 3 months of moving in, the gutters were running over,, that is not the fall leaf season,,
I was cleaning gutters year round, every two months,,
I switched to a fine screen mesh (not as fine as in the video),, that fine mesh clogged also,,
tulip poplar trees are the worst tree I have for clogging gutter contraptions,,, :flag_of_truce:

Well, a decade or more ago, I found a guard system at Lowes, it mimics the expensive commercially installed systems,,

It uses surface tension to pull water into the gutter, trash and leaves go over the lip, and off the roof,,,

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Amerimax-Solid-Gutter-Cover-PVC-Gutter-Cover-6-in-x-4-ft/3057313



I have over a decade experience with this system,, for me, it is perfection.
AND, the BIGGEST PLUS is that it only costs $1 per foot of gutter,, the vinyl is easy to cut with snips.

I do not have any "needle" type trees (pine), so I do not know how that works.

One big problem I had with the fine screen was that over time, the asphalt shingles shed "grit"
that grit would clog the screen.

A metal or slate roof would not have that problem.

The sections are four feet long,, in the decade I have had them, about 4 or 5 have blown away,, I consider that to be really good.

I have cleaned them once in the decade or so that I have had them,,, the slots will catch a few tulip poplar seeds,,
and after 8 or more years, the seeds needed to be removed.
We only have gutters where the deck adjoins the house and I put the Lowe's system there. I have a beech tree hanging over that area and over a year or so, it clogs the Lowes system up. It's still easier to clean than the whole gutter but not perfect in our situation. I need to cut the beech branches back, just haven't rented a lift to do it. 20 years ago, I would have climbed that tree but now it seems awfully high to climb. It must have grown a lot in that time, or something. . .

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I put this rolled mesh up in 2013. Been doing great for a very cheap price. I have not once had to clean out the gutters. Seldom, but every once in a while when there is a very strong wind, I have to reinstall a piece they may have moved out of place. I did overlap each piece about a foot.

Easy to install.

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Figured I’d bump this thread because I read the whole thing when deciding on what to use. I went for the Lowe’s slip on kind with fine mesh over lattice weave. It was 2.28 for 3 ft sticks and I wanted to get something on there before all the leaves hit hard. I started this morning and got about a third done. First I had to clean them with a little 2.5 gal shop vac I got. Been wanting one for my smoker and this thing is perfect for ladder work. Then, after some trial and error, I got a rythem. My feet sure hurt after standing on a ladder half a day.

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I know, I know, the second pic shows leaves in the gutter. I did everything at once. Placed the ladder, cleaned as far as I could, then installed guard. Move ladder over, rinse and repeat. Helps to have good shears. Got a pretty good deal on a combo ladder at Harbor freight. Hundred bucks

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I only got a third done because I had to get mowing. The front was the hardest with all the cuts. The back will be a breeze
 
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