About Leaf Protection
There are an overwhelming amount of gutter guard products available. As a homeowner, it is almost impossible to know what to choose. We have installed many different leaf guards over the years. That experience has helped us determine which leaf guards work, and stand the test of time. We do not install any “helmet” style covers (like Beyer’s Leaf Guard, or Gutter Helmet), because they do not work, look terrible, and cost a too much. Don’t hesitate to call or email us if you would like to chat about what style works best for your home.
There are things to consider when you are choosing the right gutter guard:
- What kind of debris do you have falling onto your roof (oak leaves, pine needles, redwood needles/pods, etc.)? Different gutter guards work better for different types of debris.
- What kind of roof do you have (composition shingle, tile, metal, torch down/tar & gravel, etc.)? Some gutter guards will only work with certain types of roofs.
There is no perfect Leaf Guard. We do not guarantee the performance of any Leaf Guards that we install. Every Leaf Protection product will eventually require maintenance.
EZ Lock Leaf Screen
The EZ Lock powder-coated steel leaf screen is generally a useful leaf protection product and is also our least expensive. Similar to our gutter material, the screen is galvanized steel with a baked-on enamel. The holes in this leaf guard are small (1/4 inch), so they keep almost everything out of the gutter. Anything small enough to get through should be able to wash down the downspouts without issue. For the EZ Lock to perform at its best, the debris that accumulates on top of it must occasionally be cleaned off. Maintenance is needed every 2-3 years depending on the amount of foliage. Just hose through the top of the leaf guards and flush any small debris down the downspouts. This guard slides under the roofing material and screws into the front top lip of the gutter. EZ Lock works best with composition shingle roofs, but will also work with some tile, tar & gravel, TPO, torch down, and metal roofs. Flat and metal roofs will require modification of the leaf guard, which will result in an additional cost.
Rain Drop Gutter Guard
The Rain Drop Gutter Guard is our most popular, and best all-around performing leaf protection product. This leaf guard is self-cleaning and works excellent for leafy trees. It also looks good on the gutter. With the smooth, raised, grate-like pattern, most of the leaves that blow down the roof, slip right off and over the gutter. Rain Drop is made from high tech UV stabilized polypropylene and holds up great to sun exposure. The manufacturer offers a 20-year warranty. This guard slides under the roofing material and screws to the front top lip of the gutter. Rain Drop works best with composition shingle roofs, but will also work with some tile, tar & gravel, TPO, torch down, and metal roofs. Flat and metal roofs will require modification of the leaf guard, which will result in an additional cost.
Gutter Stuff Pro FR
Gutter Stuff is a hardened, fully coated, and fire-resistant foam insert leaf guard that works well for trees that drop a lot of tiny debris. The manufacturer offers a Lifetime Warranty on this product. Most conventional leaf guards are designed to slip underneath a composition shingle or tile roof, but Gutter Stuff is ideal for other types of roofs such as metal, tar and gravel, TPO, and Torch Down, where you cannot slide the guard under the roofing. Other leaf guards can be modified to work with these types of roofs, but the added labor to do the modifications and installation is a significant additional cost. Gutter Stuff is the only leaf guards that work with Half Round Gutter under a metal, tar and gravel, TPO, or Torch Down roof. Like most leaf guards, for Gutter Stuff to perform at its best, the debris that accumulates on top of it must occasionally be cleaned off.
Green Screen Gutter Guard
Green Screen Gutter Guards are a fine stainless-steel mesh over a painted expanded aluminum frame. This leaf guard keeps EVERYTHING out of the gutter — even roof granules. The downside of fine mesh leaf guard products is that the debris usually settles on top of the guard. Eventually, the guard gets covered, and the water fails to fall through, resulting in water running over the top and down the face of the gutter. This issue is most common in roof valleys and other areas where water concentrates on the roof and spills into the gutter. In some scenarios, roof water can shoot across the top of these leaf guards, in high water volume areas, even if they are clean on top. Green Screen Gutter Guards are terrific at keeping even the smallest debris out of the rain gutter but will require periodic cleaning of the sediment that accumulates on the top, to keep them performing correctly. This guard slides under the roofing material and screws to the front top lip of the gutter. Green Screen works best with composition shingle roofs, but will also work with some tile, tar & gravel, TPO, torch down, and metal roofs. Flat and metal roofs will require modification of the leaf guard, which will result in an additional cost.