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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2016

What is the best solution for gutters if you have a lot of leaves

We have huge and a big amount of trees is there any good solution as far as gutter guards go that would work for us.

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Click on the Home > Gutters link right below your question and you can find a lot of comments on gutter guards - some bu users, some by contactors, some by sellers/installears of them. Lot of variety of opinions and experiences.

My personal experience - I have never seen one that keeps the leaves out of the gutter AND does not cause water and icing backups that can rot the roof/eaves/fascia AND that lets the water flow down into the gutter rather than off the front when loaded up with leaves or when it rains hard - so my recommendation is always go with large gutters and downspouts, and buy or make a gooseneck hose attachment to wash them out periodically before they get blocked.

Walking on the roof (if composition shingles) and using a leafblower or hose with jet spray nozzle is actually quicker and also allows you to blow the leaves off the roof to prevent moss and decayed leaf buildup, but is a bit harder on the roof material especially when it gets older and brittle - but if you have a heavy leaf issue the roof needs cleaning at LEAST yearly anyway unless you have a LOT of wind to keep it blown free.

Other alternative is a woodstove, chainsaw, and some heavy exercise excising the trees that dump on your roof.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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