Water Rolling Over Gutter Guards

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Old 07-18-06, 05:44 PM
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Water Rolling Over Gutter Guards

I purchased some metal gutter guards at a local big box store. They come in 2' long sections and are 6" wide. The one end clips onto the lip of the gutter. The other segment slides underneath the shingles. The gutter guards are made by Midwest Air Technologies, Inc. out of Lincolnshire, Illinois. These gutter guards were installed on the cluster homes of 2 customers that share the same gutter. I received a call from one customer and he told me that water was dripping from the gutters when it rains and wanted to know why that was happening. Since I wasn't there to see it while it was raining, I took a hose with me and sprayed the water on the roof, letting it roll down just like rain. The water at first would fall through the openings in the gutter guards, but eventually those openings would form a film over them and the water would continue to roll over the gutter guards and over the edge of the gutter. That just didn't seem right.

I contacted the company through email and informed them of this situation. They did some testing on gutter guards and could not duplicate my problem. They said this was the first time they have heard of this situation. Their recommendation was to return the gutter guards for a refund. It solves one problem, but then the gutters would be exposed.

Has anyone encountered this dilemma? Or does anyone have any recommendations on gutter guards that work well? The customer doesn't want to do without gutter guards. Thank you.

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Handy Matt
 
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Old 07-21-06, 08:54 AM
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Hi
I fix mine by buying a roll of chicken wire the 1/2 inches square type and cut strips about 6 inches wide and place them in the gutter.
works great.

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Old 07-24-06, 06:10 PM
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Thank you for the information. I'll be speaking with the customer tomorrow and will mention your suggestion. It will be interesting to hear what direction they'd like to take with this.

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