Gutter Guards and Leaf Catchers: What You Should Know

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If you live in an area of North Carolina or South Carolina that experiences wet and windy autumn and winter seasons, you undoubtedly know the struggle that can come with trying to keep your home’s gutters clear of debris. Clogged gutter systems don’t work well and, in some instances, can lead to major problems, including collapsed roof sections and interior leaks caused by standing water. One of the best ways to combat these potential issues is to invest in gutter guards or leaf catchers. Here, you’ll discover some tips that will help you purchase the right type for your needs.

What sorts of Gutter Guards are there?

There are three primary types of gutter guards on today’s market. The first category includes all sorts of screens, which can range widely in price but are all intended to separate debris, such as leaves and twigs, from rainwater. Basic panels that are designed for do-it-yourself installations, for example, can cost as little as a quarter per square foot. More effective fine mesh panels, on the other hand, need to be professionally put in and typically run $20 to $30 installed.

The second category encompasses all solid gutter covers. These styles are designed to effectively keep leaves, twigs, and other debris out of gutters while holding excess rainwater. Solid gutter covers nearly always require professional installation and usually cost around $30 per square foot.

The third and final category is comprised of gutter inserts that are crafted from either foam or heavy-duty brush bristles. These kinds of gutter guards keep yard debris, including ever-present leaves and twigs, at bay, but allow water to pass through easily.

What Gutter Guard brands should I consider?

There are a number of different brands that manufacture gutter guards. In this section, you will discover a few that you’re almost certain to run across as you begin researching possible options for your home.

      • MasterShield – MasterShield produces a micro-mesh gutter screen that is crafted from stainless steel and keeps out any debris bigger than 50 microns in size. MasterShield’s patented product is considered one of the best on the market and must be installed professionally. Often, your home’s gutter system will have to be adjusted so your new mesh screens will function properly. You can expect any certified MasterShield distributor to charge around $20 per square foot installed.
      • GutterGlove – GutterGlove also makes a micro-mesh screen product, but theirs is made with a specialized anodized aluminum frame. One of GutterGlove’s major perks is that the frame is U-shaped, which prevents the mesh from sagging or collapsing over time. Furthermore, GutterGlove has multiple styles available (the Pro, the Ultra, and the IceBreaker), so you can choose whichever one best suits your needs and budget.
      • GutterBrush – GutterBrush, as the name suggests, is long, brush-like product that pushes directly into your home’s existing gutter troughs. The GutterBrush is a great option for homeowners who either lack the budget for an expensive screen system or who would prefer to do their labor themselves. GutterBrush systems are simple to install and are quite effective at catching leaves and other debris. You are likely to pay just $3.00 to $4.00 per square foot.

If you think the time is right to install some type of leaf catcher or gutter guard system on your house, the first step is to conduct plenty of research. The more you know about the various options you can choose from, the more confident you will feel about your final selection. If you require guidance, get in touch with a licensed contractor in your area.

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