Cleaning your gutters routinely, especially in the fall and winter months when leaves fall and often clog gutters, is not a favorite pastime of any homeowner. It is a dreaded chore and one often put off until “tomorrow” or rather when it is too late and a clog causes damage. A product on the market is claiming to provide homeowners peace of mind when it comes to the care and maintenance of their gutters—Gutter Guards. This product is installed over your gutters and helps to keep all things debris-like out; reducing the need for routine cleaning of your gutters.

I bet you’re asking—do they work? Should I get them? How have I not considered this amazing product before?

Well, before you rush off to the home improvement store—or just search online and wait two days—let’s review gutter guards.

Pros

Obviously, the biggest pro is the idea that you won’t have to clean your gutters (or at least not so often). The effectiveness of the product can vary from brand to brand; just remember, you get what you pay for. If you have a large tree (or trees), then a gutter guard may be something you want to consider in order to cut back your time on a ladder or roof to clear gutters of the shedding leaves and branches after ever storm and season. While we aren’t endorsing the product, we have seen them work under the right conditions.

Cons

While it sounds nice, maintenance-free gutters do not exist. Even with gutter guards installed, your gutters can still become clogged with debris and after a particularly windy day or strong storm, you’ll still need to check the gutters and the guards for limbs, leaves, or other debris that will prevent the system to working as it should.

Conclusion

Gutter guards may be beneficial for homeowners with trees near and above their roof as these systems can help to reduce the amount of debris that gets into your gutter system. You’ll still have to do maintenance, even if it is just a small amount of clearing or a visual inspection that the gutter guards are still functioning properly. Also, cheap or DIY gutter guards are more likely to fail and damage your gutters. Don’t skimp and read the instructions thoroughly before you attempt to install the guards.