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#1 fishgeg

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Posted April 11 2011 - 3:28 PM

Does anyone have any experiences, positive or negative with leafless gutters vs. traditional style gutters? Having some construction done on the house and need to make a decision quickly. The roof has some really high spots and tough angles to get at to clean regularly, but I have also heard that the leafless gutters still get clogged with acorns and are more likely to ice dam in the winter montths. Any insight would be appreciated.



#2 WVskeetshooter

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Posted April 11 2011 - 3:43 PM

If the ground around the house is properly sloped they are fine, but if they house is on a slope you cannot put them on the side that is uphill or too much water builds up on that side of the house. You can use them on the down slope side and possibly on the sides but not the upslope, bad news…found out the hard way and frankly it should have been common sense.


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#3 Paul_M

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Posted April 11 2011 - 4:01 PM

Not leafless but, I have the 25 yr foam in my regular gutters and it works as advertised. Debris sits on top, after it dries it is simply blown off by the wind.


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Posted April 11 2011 - 5:01 PM

If your going with any product, DO NOT buy the gutter helmet. Their specifications for installation are garbage. They prefer to face nail the product through your roof causing a dam and a leak spot in only a matter of a couple of years. Look up a product called Rain Flo or rain flow... It's a black mesh that sits in the gutter and like the post above when it dries, the debris is blown away.



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Posted April 11 2011 - 11:39 PM

Thanks folks- much appreciated



#6 mudratsdad

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Posted April 12 2011 - 6:36 AM

I dont know we have had gutter helmet for years was put on just after I did the new roof and gutters. Now we have 3 foot of iceguard on all edges. We always had a lot of build up of stuff no more. The only thing I noticed being from up north is with freeze thaw we get a shelf mound of ice on the last 3 feet of the roof and a lot of icecicles. But the gutters and drains are not cloging and the gutters are not popping from freeze like so many others I see.



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Posted April 12 2011 - 6:48 AM

we have had them for a few years leaf gaurd brand and love them. my house is on a hill and we have had no issues downspouts are larger so they drain more water also if they ever clog company comes out and cleans them for free. we had a bees nest in one and they removed it hope this helps



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Posted April 12 2011 - 8:33 AM

Good info- thanks!



we have had them for a few years leaf gaurd brand and love them. my house is on a hill and we have had no issues downspouts are larger so they drain more water also if they ever clog company comes out and cleans them for free. we had a bees nest in one and they removed it hope this helps



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Posted April 12 2011 - 10:30 AM

as a 2nd job in the fall I clean gutters with a friend and if we see they have gutter guard we don't take the job.. yes they still get clogged and are a PITA .


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Posted April 12 2011 - 1:35 PM

I have gutter gaurds on my house which came with it when I bought it. My next door neighbor has nothing covering his gutters and he is out there roughly 4 times a year cleaning them out. If you live in an area with trees in close proximity and they are pretty tall I would suggest getting them, they will pay for them selves in a few years and save the hassle of either you climbing up there to clean them or trying to hire someone to do it. I am realy glad I have them



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Posted April 12 2011 - 1:47 PM

make sure its LEAFGAURD brand



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Posted April 12 2011 - 1:50 PM

Nothing is going to stop pine needles from getting in. Or birds. The foam works, but is expensive, probably more than the gutters. And again, birds find a way.

I suggest 6" 'K' style gutters in .032ga., left open, and 3x4 or 4x5 leaders. Most everything goes through.

Make sure the downspouts are riveted, as the sheet metal screws catch leaves and cause buildup.