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Old Yesterday, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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We are having our roof replaced next month, and we are considering adding guards to our gutters while the crew is up there.

One of my concerns is that when there is a downpour, the amount and force of the water will slice across the guard instead of going into the holes creating a "waterfall" effect on the front and back sides of my house. Our contractor assured me that these have been put to the test, and that won't happen during a downpour - but I also know, he's a businessman and ultimately trying to make a sale.

The brand is Home - Bulldog Gutter Guard and reviewing the FAQs they do claim that they can handle up to 14 inches of rain an hour. They also come with a (IMO) nice warranty.

For those that have or are familiar with gutter guards, what are some of the cons should I be aware of?
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Old Yesterday, 12:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I think they will clog really easily and require regular cleaning. Micromesh might be a better choice.
Something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Raptor-Gutter.../dp/B07H4TLQ86
Plus 25 years warranty on the product.

https://www.topgutterguard.com/best-...uards-reviews/
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Old Yesterday, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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As a home inspector, I have inspected hundreds of homes with gutter guards. I can't really comment on how they perform during a downpour, because if it was raining hard during an inspection, I tried to stay out of it.
What I can tell you is I have seen lots of gutters with gutter guards clogged up because the fine debris falls thru the holes and for whatever reason, did not flow out. Might have been the installation, I just don't know. I know that I had seen plants growing out of the little holes in the guards on some.

Leaf debris can also get stuck behind the guards and not flow off the roof.

I guess it all depends on the design and the installation.
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Old Yesterday, 12:30 PM
 
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There is a HUGE difference between gutter guards. May last home I was steered towards what the gutter guy suggested and ran on his own personal gutters. The didn't clog except in the inside-corners, where mesh was required to handle the flow. Even with inch-per-hour rains and a BIG roof surface, I never saw any overflow with gutter-guards where I had with the prior gutters without guards ~ leads me to think that gutter install is more of the story than the guards. End result was a once-a-year trip up the ladder into the corners to fish out the stuck items. Gutters themselves only ever showed the grains from the shingles that were collecting after 5 years.



My current place has "mesh" guards and they trap every last leaf and pine bow that falls on the roof. Endless maintenance. It's about the polar opposite experience.



I did as if the "surface tension" type worked and was told, flat out, that they only work with light water volumes and are easily overwhelmed.



Wish I could tell you a brand, or photos or Something to indicate what they were, but I don't. What you linked looks very similar though, and nothing "got stuck" in them.
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Old Yesterday, 01:25 PM
 
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Gutter guards, even cheap ones are miles better than no gutter guards when it comes to leaves and debris clogging up the downspouts. It's worth it for sure.
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Old Yesterday, 01:42 PM
 
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We had them and removed them .....the fine debris got in and clogged things anyway...removing the screens was an added chore
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Old Yesterday, 02:44 PM
 
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I installed gutter glove by gutter guard early this spring and so far have had no problem during a hard rain.They are super easy to install(of course I have a ranch)and it seems that even the shingle granules can not get into the gutters. we will see how they do after the fall.
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Old Yesterday, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I appreciate all the replies. These are certainly points for us to consider.
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Old Yesterday, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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If you have maple or pine trees, nothing works. When we were considering them, I read reviews for months and learned that they all had flaws. There were no clear winners.
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Old Yesterday, 05:53 PM
 
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"One of my concerns is that when there is a downpour..."
no guards will handle the downpours we get from hurricanes.
even clean gutters with no guards cannot handle that much.

we got the mesh-style guard.
yes, things get stuck in the mesh, but they dry out and disintegrate.
it is not a perfect system. i still get up on the roof to inspect and clean.
however...the good news...i think i have convinced my wife that using
a drone instead of a ladder is a better solution to check our roof.
a drone for Christmas?
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