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Old 06-18-20, 06:52 AM
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What is your favorite brand of gutter covers to keep gutters clean?
 
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Old 06-18-20, 07:06 AM
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Depends if you have pine needles or not. If not, this is my go to. The color should match the gutters.
 
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Old 06-18-20, 07:42 AM
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I have mostly maple leaves and "helicopters". No issue with pine needles.

Is the Leaf Defender self-cleaning when leaves come onto it?
 
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Old 06-18-20, 08:03 AM
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Depends how hard the wind is blowing and from what direction. At my folks house I need to blow them off now and then. Twigs and leaves will sit on top of any kind of gutter guard. They get a few piles of leaves in the corners where the wind swirls.

I can see how maple seeds would be a problem. They will lay on top until they get blown off.
 
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Old 06-18-20, 12:24 PM
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That's the style I put on my gutters. They do have a problem with the pollen seed pods from oak trees getting thru. That crap goes right thru the mesh. You'd need to use the Leaf Filter type which is just a fine screen. As far as I know that is sold as installed only.
 
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Old 06-18-20, 12:29 PM
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You can also get the stainless steel mesh ones from the same supplier in my link above. Any gutter supply house there is will probably carry at least 10+ different styles.

I dont care for the mesh ones I have seen. Besides being $4+ per foot, most go under the shingles in back.... any style that does is a giant installation headache.
 
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Old 06-18-20, 12:33 PM
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Definitely an installation headache. That's why it carries a premium installed only price.
 
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Old 06-18-20, 12:47 PM
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Over the last 5 homes (almost 30 years) I have tried every form/brand of DIY product screens, panels, expanded metal, round holes, square holes, plastic mesh, you name it!

10 years ago I tried Gutter Stuff, it is by far the best product!.

Cost is around $1 per foot, you dont have to tear up the first row of shingles, no holes to drill in the gutters, and installs fast!

Last winter I did replace 2 sections of material, they were north south runs so they got extreme sun and the material had shrunk but was still functioning.

Today's material has improved UV coatings, we'll see how that holds up in 10 years!
 
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Thanks, everyone, for your help.

Leaf filter started out at $ 22 per foot. Now they are down to $12 per foot. I am not real excited about their product. Have some micromesh samples coming. Leaning toward the Leaf Defender right now. T hanks again.
 
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Take a look at Gutter Brush. I have plenty of trees, pine, maple, etc., and have not needed to remove and clean the Gutter Brush sections going on 5 years. Gutters drain without any problems.
 
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I looked at the Leaf Defender website.
One thing that I did not like was that the screen was indented. Where it meets the outside rail would be a spot for stuff to get caught.

I installed The following at the cabin and my daughters place in town,
https://www.costco.com/easyon-gutter...100019377.html
The lake was the most demanding due to the pine needles but this stuff had no problem keeping them out and never had any clogs. Even kept shingle granules out.
Looks like they now have a self stick strip for install but it also comes with self tap screws.. That I would use the screws as no matter what you get eventually it will have to come off to clean out dirt.
It does tuck under the shingles so if the shingles are warped down at the edge they would be a pain to install.
 
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