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DIY Gutter Guard
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DIY Gutter Guard

 
Overview
 

Preferred Manufacturers: Amerimax, GutterStuff Foam Amerimax is our top DIY gutter guard preferred manufacturer because it is readily available at big box retailers and gives homeowners the most for their money. In addition, Amerimax gutter guards can be installed without disturbing your roofing shingles.
 
Guard Technology:
 
Price
10


 
Warranty
00


 
Build Quality
3.0


 
Debris Resistance
5.0


 
Water Flow
9.0


 
Total Score
5.4


 

Positives


Inexpensive, good water flow

Negatives


May require upkeep, warranties do not include service, lets smaller debris in


Bottom Line

In our experience, DIY gutter guards offered the most inconsistent experience of our product testing. While they can come at an unbeatable price, be prepared to be on the hook for any issues that arise. Among gutter guard warranties, DIY products have warranties that rank among the shortest in duration versus the industry average. While […]

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Posted August 28, 2015 by

 
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In our experience, DIY gutter guards offered the most inconsistent experience of our product testing. While they can come at an unbeatable price, be prepared to be on the hook for any issues that arise. Among gutter guard warranties, DIY products have warranties that rank among the shortest in duration versus the industry average. While the lower price comes at the cost of more legwork, DIY gutter guards may be a fit for the right kind of person. That said, consumers often opt for gutter guards to avoid maintenance and to take a hands-off approach to their home’s upkeep.

DIY gutter guards come in many varieties: some products are simple, like chicken-wire, metal grates, or loose-grained mesh screens. Others are more sophisticated, such as louvered systems. Whether you opt for these covers or instead for a system that occupies the trough of your gutter, like foam or brush inserts, you’ll need to either arrange for a contractor to install them, or set aside a weekend to get on the ladder yourself.

Due to the breadth of this product category, we tested each product on runs of guttering at least 6 feet in length, avoiding any inside valleys to keep conditions fair. Our findings are not universal, but point to a larger trend for these products: large openings allow for excellent water flow while compromising the ability to resist both small and fine debris. When selecting a DIY gutter guard solution, you may want to opt for a more expensive product with a higher build quality and longer warranty; be aware that when the product needs to be replaced, you will again need to install the product yourself unless you pay for someone else to do so.

Very cheap products with shorter lifetimes may not be worth the hassle at all. We do not recommend most gutter inserts, like gutter brushes or foam gutter guards.


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