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Old 08-13-2012, 04:59 AM
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Thinking about installing that system on the house. The Internet reviews are all over the map. Anyone here used the system? Does it work as advertised?
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:13 AM
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well if it's just a drizzling rain they're ok but on my rear deck when it's raining hard the gutter guard just acts like a launching ramp for the rain to shoot off of. I eventually took them down and went back paying the gutter guy $100 to keep the gutters cleaned once or twice a year.
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well if it's just a drizzling rain they're ok but on my rear deck when it's raining hard the gutter guard just acts like a launching ramp for the rain to shoot off of. I eventually took them down and went back paying the gutter guy $100 to keep the gutters cleaned once or twice a year.
Thanks. What is the pitch of your roof?

My gutter guy told me the same thing. He said when we get a gully washer the rain will overflow. My new house is surrounded by massive oaks, poplars and pine trees. Without another system, I will be cleaning cutters almost year round. The house had those awful gutter guards made of screens.....those really sucked since the pine stray would fall right through the holes and eventually clog the gutters. I removed them.
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Our house is in the woods, surrounded by large trees, in an area that gets a lot of rain. We tried the screens and everything else, with me on a tall ladder a lot. We switched to LeafGuard about 15 years ago. It isn't perfect, but is so much better than anything else we tried, I am a fan.
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well if it's just a drizzling rain they're ok but on my rear deck when it's raining hard the gutter guard just acts like a launching ramp for the rain to shoot off of. I eventually took them down and went back paying the gutter guy $100 to keep the gutters cleaned once or twice a year.
I've read the same thing about it running over the leaf guards hence the reason I skipped them on my long run for the front porch.

Sure wish I could find some that worked. Surrounded by oak trees and about sick of cleaning them out.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:11 AM
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Try Leaf Relief. It's not cheap but works great. If you can install it yourself, find a aluminum supplier that deals with selling to gutter installers. Its not cheap $2.30/ft when I buy it by the box, a little more for loose pieces. It comes in 10' lengths Installed cost about $6/ft. I install thousands of feet of year and never get complaints.

Its also self cleaning and its design doesn't create a ramp for a heavy rain to run over the gutter and onto the ground.
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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
Try Leaf Relief. It's not cheap but works great. If you can install it yourself, find a aluminum supplier that deals with selling to gutter installers. Its not cheap $2.30/ft when I buy it by the box, a little more for loose pieces. It comes in 10' lengths Installed cost about $6/ft. I install thousands of feet of year and never get complaints.

Its also self cleaning and its design doesn't create a ramp for a heavy rain to run over the gutter and onto the ground.
Do explain self cleaning...please.

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I think if I did have a terrible problem like it sounds some of you all do I'd go with this, when you enter the site just click the x to get past the signup

http://www.leaffilter.com/info?mkwid...FQ-c7Qod8iIA8Q
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I installed leaf releif myself and it works under most conditions. When it rains real heavy it does overflow, my roof is pretty steep so runoff is swift. I was thinking about driling the holes out a bit to see if that helps without making it too weak.
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I gave up on mine, tried about 3 out. I have a neighbor who has 2 large pines. I'm up 5-6 times a year blowing pine needles out. The guard helped some but made it more difficult to get out the ones that would make it in. I can only hope both trees get hit by lighting and fall on their house.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:06 AM
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I just love LeafGuard's web site home page with the video clip.
The water just a flooding in.........
The dry leafs just blowing past the opening...........
When the water is just flooding in there isn't a leaf to be seen..........

How do you clean the leaves out ones they are under the debris cap? What about pine needles?

Through observation - by nature and design - any leaf I've seen wet sticks to a surface like it is hanging on for it's life. Therefore I have to figure a good majority of leaves with roll around the edge of the debris cap and end up in the eavestrough. The smaller the leaf the bigger the problem. Pine needles or any type of everygreen needles would be a major problem!

At my last place I had to clean the eaves 6 times a year, this place I only have to do it twice.
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If it's an option 6" gutters and 5" down spouts will solve a lot of the problem.
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My house and my shop both sit amongst oaks. I don't know what brand they are, but I have the aluminum louvered guards on mine that slip under the last row of shingles and are screwed to the gutters. They work very well, even in a driving rain, however my roof isn't very steep.
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Lots off different gutter guards here......http://www.guttersupply.com/p-gutter-leaf-guards.gstml
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I have them all around our house, and we are covered up by live oaks which drop leaves basically all year, and heavy twice a year. They also drop those seed pods that look like caterpillares.
I have never had one problem with them stopping up, also I haven't noticed them over flowing? They have worked great for us, we have so much stuff drop from these damn trees, that with out this type of gutter I wouldn't have any gutters at all, because I would be up there every week cleaning them.
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One other option is at my parents house they already had nice gutters but they clogged all the time. So I went to lowes and bought the 4' section gutter screens, gpt up there and drilled a small hole in the front where the lay on the edge of the gutter and rivoted them down. They have worked well for years as well.
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I have them all around our house, and we are covered up by live oaks which drop leaves basically all year, and heavy twice a year. They also drop those seed pods that look like caterpillares.
I have never had one problem with them stopping up, also I haven't noticed them over flowing? They have worked great for us, we have so much stuff drop from these damn trees, that with out this type of gutter I wouldn't have any gutters at all, because I would be up there every week cleaning them.
Maybe there is a trick to installing these gutter guards. Is the lip of the guard flush, overhanging or inside the outer edge of the gutter? How high is it above the outer edge of the gutter?

FYI.......those oaks and poplar do drop shit 24/7....leaves, twigs, branches. WTF? The good news is I have ZERO grass so all that stuff will sit where it falls, except on the roof.
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I have large oaks over my house. Removed the gutter guards because all the pollen crap that comes off the oaks would clog up the slot. Leaves wouldn't though. A powerwasher would clean the slot out, but it was a messy job.

The better solution is those flip down gutters. I had them on my previous house and loved them. Had a long telescoping pole that would flip one gutter that was 3 stories in the air.

Just had to get out of the way if it was full of wet leaves and sludge. Then clean up the mess off the ground.

I've got 6" wide gutters now, none higher than the first story, so I just clean them out a few times a year.
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I have them and love them, but when you have one of those frog floaters the water
coming off the roof will jump the gutter if you have a really steep pitch as I do. Our
house is in the woods with lots of oaks and hickory trees and I have never once
cleaned the gutters in 12 years. As stated above get 6 inch down spouts they work.
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these things are awsome if you have a lot of trees, get them and don't look back. I hae lived here 8 years never cleaned them once. get the big downspouts. But one thing about that is they dump a lot of water in one place so make sure you have that thought out as too where the water is going to go from a 6" downspout.
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