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Question DetailsAsked on 11/23/2015

What is the best system that prevents gutter clogging with oak leaves and pine needles?

My house on Cape Cod surrounded with several large oak trees and huge pine tree. They shed lots leaves and needles that clog gutters very quickly. There are many gutter protection systems. Some work on surface tension (Leaf Guard, Gutter Shield, Gutter Topper, Gutter Helmet, and many more) and others use mesh (LeafFilter, GutterGlove Pro, Amerimax, etc.). I am wondering which system and brand work best for my situation and why.

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See for an independent voice about oak tassels and pine needles. Tim Carter at Ask The Builder calls MasterShield the "Holy Grail of Gutter Covers". Why? Only a filter can block small debris like pin needles etc. from entering thru a gutter cover. ALL patents with a functioning micro mesh (tinier than a human hair) are owned by Alex Higgenbotham. Leaf Solution was his first invention. Then he designed LeafFilter and then Mastershield.

Don't use Gutter Glove. ABC Seamless Siding complains it has waterproofing issues. What are the problems they see? Oil from your shingles waterproofs the Gutter Glove filter between rains. Why not LeafFilter? I was a dealer for over 5 years and still have it on 45 foot on the backside of my mother in laws home. It worked okay except for the glue you have to use to attach the filter to a PVC body. It starts to get loose and flap in the wind, also it will overrun in heavier rains. And installed flat functions like a shelf and must be cleaned off repeatedly.

MasterShield carries a transferable manufactuer's warranty that says if the gutter clogs they will refund you purchase price. I install 100s of jobs every season in Omaha, Lincoln, & Des Moines. Everyone of them has the same terms: No Money Down, No payment on install, and then take up to 1 full month to verify MasterShield works. In valleys we use a Barnett Valley Controller or a Superman Valley Controller.

Jim Casper, Angie's List Super Service Award winner and BBB Integrity Award winner.

Source: www.heartlandmastershield,com

Answered 4 years ago by jccasper


From what I have seen and heard from neighbors, etc with dozens of different brands - none. Just use no cover and clean the gutters once or twice a year as needed. If not over second story, if afraid of getting on roof and using hose or even better a leaf blower, pretty easily done using a gooseneck extension on a hose - purchased or made of 3/4" PVC pipe or for more rigidity (but heavier) 3/4" conduit with hose connections - looking something like this commercial one -

except the outlet shown on that one has no force and looks like it is basically just flowing - connect a jet nozzle like this to it to really get some blasting power - an adjustable jet nozzle like this set to a good jet stream will blast out accumulated matted leaves and debris even if it has started to decompose in place - works best at about 30-45 degree side angle -

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


There are several gutter systems on the market and most do similar things when it comes to leaf clog prevention. It's good to have a technican review your particular setup and recommend the best solution for you. It sounds like for your case, maybe having mesh might be helpful. LeafFilter does include that in their protection layers. You can learn more about LeafFilter and if it is worth it for you here.

Answered 3 months ago by al-moderator

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