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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 09-24-2018 03:14 PM 399 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rwe2156

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09-24-2018 03:14 PM

What has worked for you?

I’ve tried the expanded metal looking ones as well as the vinyl ones with screens.

So far nothing really works well the leaves (oak trees) just accumulate on top and the water runs right over the top of the gutter.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 03:26 PM

We lived in deep woods with the house overshadowed by large oak/hickory/maple trees along with a few conifers in the mix as well. When I had new gutters installed the pros (the TV “pros”) said nonw of the gutter covers worked and it was best to just put up 6” gutters and plan on cleaning…the 6” was easier to clean. Undaunted, I went with gutter covers anyway. The ones I got were branded “Hallet Gutter Guard” and looked very much like the more popular “Gutter Helmet”. In the subsequent 5 years we lived in the house my woes were solved (one exception) and they worked as I hoped… all the leaves and most of the needles were washed over the edge while the water went into the gutter. The exception was the gutters need to be somewhat sealed at the ends to keep birds from building nests in the gutters. But the little house wrens could still get in and when they put a nest over the downspout things didn’t work so well. I’d have to remove that section of cover and clean things out. There is another product I liked better, but it cost so much at the time I wouldn’t buy it. It’s called “Waterloov” (search that term) and it really looked like the cat’s meow. But they had a patent lock on the design and priced it like it was an Apple product. I read a few years later that others were now marketing look a-likes and the cost had come down. Best of luck with your decision, what has worked for me since then was to buy houses that don’t have overhanging huge trees.

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 03:45 PM

You have to clean them periodically, I have to do mine twice a year.

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 04:12 PM

I have 6 inch gutters and the screen covers. They work well to prevent leaves getting in, but since they install 4 foot sections they drip at the joints. This is a minor nuisance since they prevent major problems, but not something I expected.

We didn’t have any leaf issues in the back, but we have had so much rain this summer, that while taking the dog out back, I saw the ends flooding over. Large cascades of water. Had a new 6 inch put on and that seems to be ok now. Old one wasn’t blocked up, just couldn’t handle the volume we got this year.

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Woodknack

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 05:26 PM

No gutters on my shop. On the house we had covers but they still had to be cleaned. Over the years storms have ripped off the covers so not sure what we’ll do in the future.

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 05:53 PM

I have tried a number of different options and so far nothing is effective against pine needles.

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 09:56 PM

I’ve had Leaf Filter on my house for about 10 years. I’ve been very happy with them. Haven’t had the gutters cleaned since I put them on, and they are still flowing well (water comes out the downspouts, not overflowing the sides of the gutters.) I do have many trees around, and did have issues with the gutters clogging.

Full disclosure; my gutters are almost 3 stories up and I can’t access them or see into them. No gutter cleaning service around me could get up to my gutters (they all assume you have a 1 story garage they can use to get to the main roof, but I don’t have any garage.). I wanted something that would be very low maintenance, and they have been.

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 10:06 PM

I don’t even have gutters. I bought my house new and it was suggested not to install them as the house was built to drain better without them. The only thing I did was to grow a garden in the front to handle the large drops that were creating a line in the lawn. Can your house handle this, or do you need the gutters?

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#8 posted 09-24-2018 11:10 PM

One of my friends in Idaho doesn’t have gutters but his roof overhang is longer than most and a steep slope away from the house just about where the overhang ends. The slopes drained to a large filter and into a cement cistern underground. However, this is not legal in all states/cities!

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lumbering_on

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 11:22 PM



One of my friends in Idaho doesn t have gutters but his roof overhang is longer than most and a steep slope away from the house just about where the overhang ends. The slopes drained to a large filter and into a cement cistern underground. However, this is not legal in all states/cities!

- oldnovice

I didn’t actually realize that gutters were required in some places. I was also thinking the roofs in my sub-division are quite steep, so steep they don’t even require tar paper under the shingles. I also have quite the grade in my backyard, and it has a shallow ‘ditch’ that contains a drain. So it doesn’t seem likely that this would be the case for most people.

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#10 posted 09-26-2018 09:28 PM

I have no gutters on house or shop.

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