There are no perfect systems that require zero maintenance… but a properly installed gutter guard system will get you very close to that mark. Here at Big Time Roofing, we are Leaf Solution people and we install their product because we believe that it is the best product at the best price.
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There are a ton of cheap products out there. You can swing by your local Lowes and get a plastic gutter cover that will eventually dry rot or break and completely defeat the purpose of having guards in the first place. That is why we only install Leaf Solution products. They are stainless steel metal ( no rusting) and they come in multiple different colors to match your gutters.
I see a lot of gutter guards being a roofing contractor and I have to say most of what I see is either a cheap system or installed incorrectly. People won’t fasten it correctly or they will use the under shingle type and just throw it up there. This makes your investment a massive waste of money. Because of the first snow storm, wind storm, or fall season the guards will be displaced and your gutters will once again be filled up.
If you are going to have gutters they have to be functioning properly! Otherwise, they can be more detrimental than helpful. When your gutters are filled to the brim with dirt, leaves, and pests; your home is threatened. They become a breeding ground for bugs that can infiltrate your attic and spread throughout your home. They also will not shed water properly and that water has to go somewhere so it will find its way behind your facia and soffit. It will also run over the gutter and cause washout around your foundation.
Here at Big Time Roofing we highly recommend that you have gutter guards installed. They will extend the life of all the products installed in your home. But they are not a set it and forget it solution. You still need to check them at least once a year to ensure they are working properly.