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Angie's List: Getting the Right Gutter Guard

Angie's List: Getting the Right Gutter Guard
Posted at 8:00 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 08:55:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Fall is here and the falling leaves may be fun for the kids, but they can wreak havoc on your home’s gutters. If you don’t like the twice-yearly chore of climbing a ladder and clearing the gutters yourself, a gutter guard system may help. What you need to know before you invest in one is today’s Angie’s List report.

Cleaning the gutters is a messy – and potentially dangerous – job, but putting it off too long can lead to clogs that cause your gutters to overflow, which leads to even more problems.

To keep the water out, you need to keep leaves and debris from getting in. Low-cost products like pre-cut foam or whisker brushes can be easily installed and work for a while, but a professionally installed system like this one can dramatically reduce debris and last for up to 20 years.

Professionally installed systems cost anywhere from five dollars-per-foot for a basic cover to as much as twenty dollars-per-foot for a micro-mesh system that’s designed to handle almost any debris.

Experts say the price to install mid-range gutter guards on the average home runs from 15-hundred to two thousand dollars. A steeply pitched roof or a lot of corners could add to that cost. Angie recommends asking your contractor about installing different systems on your home if you have trees only on one side – a basic system where there are few trees and a high-end one for the other side.