07:04AM | 12/31/04
Member Since: 12/30/04
1 lifetime posts
Well, here's another question on what to do with gutter clutter. For the past 8 years I've had aluminum adhesion-type guards that clip on the gutter rim and slide under the shingles made by Elko Gutta Guard. The inside corners are a constant nightmare, as water rushes over like Niagara in a big storm. So, I put up small aluminum diverters, which half-way work, but which allow leaves, gumballs, twigs to back up on the roof. Also, in a big rain, I don't think the guards work well and water comes rolling off. Since I put my ladder against the gutter to clean and install, adjusting the metal gutter clips is problematic as they shift when I remove the weight of the ladder.

I'm not going to spend thousands to have Gutter Helmet/Cap/etc. installed. I've looked at both ********** and Lowe's and have been pondering the solid vinyl adhesion-type guards made by Gutter World. Also, wondering about the slip-in 3-foot sections of vinyl guards that have the screens glued to them. Do the vinyl guards disintegrate and crack after a few years of UV radiation?

What seems to work best. I'm getting too arthritic to keep climbing up on ladders! Also, how should I handle inside corners.

Thanks in advance.


04:50PM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Quote: Since I put my ladder against the gutter to clean and install, adjusting the metal gutter clips is problematic as they shift when I remove the weight of the ladder.

I use a ladder stabilizer and let the legs rest on the roof above the gutters. This keeps the ladder from resting against the gutters causing damage and deflection. Wish I could help with the inside corner issue, I use an old fashion plastic screen on the gutters and it is hardly a perfect solution. You might be able to apply screens on the corners and keep the solid guards on the straight runs and outside corners. When I do have to clean, I use the stabilizer trick. Give it a try. The ladder will not move, it protects the gutters and extends your reach.


04:38PM | 08/08/14
I know it was a big investment, but the gutters on our two-story (three-story in the back) were in need of replacement. Husband used to get up at least six times a year to dig pine cones, needles, leaves, etc. out of the gutters. And then the next day they could be clogged again with another pine cone. When a friend fell off his ladder and subsequently died, that was it. Called Leaf Guard gutters who use larger gutters and downspouts. No more roof climbing. They will negotiate. The solution has been great.
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