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Gutter Cover's Protection Comparison

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Gutter Cover Cost, Installed Pricing, Information

Product Name Type

Cost(Per Foot)  Material/Installed

Installation Method Advantages and Disadvantages
Plastic Screens Screen

$.25-$1.00

$1.00-$3.00

Snap In may slide under shingles

Cheap and Easy to install.

Clogs easily itself, Breaks easily, susceptible to ice damage.  Low life span deteriorates in sun

Aluminum Screens Screen

$.50-$1.50

$1.00-$3.00

Snap In may slide under shingles

Inexpensive and Easy to install.

Bends with ice. Leaves, stems, needles get stuck in holes. Hard to clean

PVC Coated Metal Screens Coated Screen

$2.50-$10.00

$6.50-$22.00

Snap In / Screwed / Slid Under Shingles

Relatively rugged- mid priced, easy to install

Small debris clogs holes, hard to clean.  Quality and lifespan vary

Micro-Mesh Gutter Plastic Leaf Screens Screen with Mesh Filter

$.89-$1.50

$3-$8

Snap In / Screwed / Slid Under Shingles

Good value for money, Easy to Install keeps out small debris

Quality of mesh varies can clog, Plastic rapidly deteriorates, Ice damage possible

Micro-Mesh Metal Gutter Screens Screen with Mesh Filter

$2.00-$7.00

$5.00-$10.00

Snap In / Screwed / Slid Under Shingles

Mid Priced High Value and good longevity works large variety of debris

Problems reported with Sap clogging holes.  Heavy rainfall with debris on top can cause water to not enter gutter

Gutter Filter Sponge Type Insert

$2.00-$4.50

$9.00-$14.00

Insert Friction Fit

Very Easy Install, Value Priced Product, Works small and large debris

Clogging of holes, sap gumming up, debris can become logged between top of product and brackets or lip of gutter.

Gutter Stuff Sponge Type Insert

$3.00-$4.00

$5.00-$12.00

Insert Friction Fit

Very Easy Install, Value Priced Product, Works small and large debris

Clogging of holes, sap gumming up, debris can become logged between top of product and brackets or lip of gutter.

Owens Corning RapidFlow Sponge Type Insert

$4.00-$6.00

$9-$12

Insert Friction Fit

Very Easy Install, Value Priced Product, Works small and large debris.  Strong brand name

Clogging of holes, sap gumming up, debris can become logged between top of product and brackets or lip of gutter.

GutterFlow Sponge Type Insert

$2.50-$3.50

$5.00-$7.00

Insert Friction Fit

Very Easy Install, Value Priced Product, Works small and large debris

Clogging of holes, sap gumming up, debris can become logged between top of product and brackets or lip of gutter.

GutterBrush Insert Brush

$3.00-$3.50

$5.00-$10.00

Lays In Gutter

Simple Install and mid priced product seams to work with leaves

Pine needles big problem,  possible damage from ice.  Can clog up.

Leaf Filter Screen with Mesh Filter

Dealer Installed Only

$8.00-$14.0

Snap In / Screwed / Slid Under Shingles

Solid product, good warranty micro mesh is of excellent quality

Dealer installed only mean higher price but backed by substantial warranty.  Fine particulates can cause less than optimal function

GutterGlove Screen with Mesh Filter

Dealer Installed Only

$10.00-12.00

Snap In / Screwed / Slid Under Shingles

Solid product, good warranty micro mesh is of excellent quality

Dealer installed only mean higher price but backed by substantial warranty.  Some problems reported by stagnant debris causing improper function

MasterShield Screen with Mesh Filter

Dealer Installed Only

$9.00-$12.00

Snap In / Screwed / Slid Under Shingles

Solid product, good warranty micro mesh is of excellent quality

Dealer installed only mean higher price but backed by substantial warranty. Reports of debris  wedges between top product and roof line.  Possible ice damage.

LeafProof Solid Cover

About $3.00

$10-$12

Custom Bracket screws though gutter

Relatively solid, low price for cover type product.

Front slit gets clogged if not maintained, reports of heavy rainfall overwhelming product, causing water to flow over.

LeafRelief Aluminum Advanced Screen

$2.50-$3.50

$6.00-$10.00

Screwed to Lip of gutter (retrofit) or fit into K Style (New)

Good value for what get, high quality product from industry leader. Easy to blow off or clean

Micro holes can be clogged by sap or needles.  Some splashing and subsequent overflow in heavy rains.

Leaf Solution Stainless Steel Micro-Mesh

Dealer Installed Only

$12-$15

Screwed to lip, under or over shingle

Solid product, good warranty micro mesh is of excellent quality

Dealer installed only mean higher price but backed by substantial warranty. Pine needles can cause problems

K-Guard Gutter / Cover Combo

Dealer Installed Only

$16-$22

Screws to Fascia or Roof Hangers

Combo system, low profile, solid cover

Reports of inadequate water handling capability, sap effect surface adhesion, nose of cover must be clean

Englert LeafGuard Gutter / Cover Combo

Dealer Installed Only

$18-$28

Screws to Fascia or Roof Hangers

Combo system, low profile, solid cover Excellent warranty

Reports of inadequate water handling capability, sap effect surface adhesion, nose of cover must be clean

Gutter Topper Surface Tension Solid Cover

Dealer Installed Only

$15-$22

Custom Bracket

Strong cover and warranty.  Works well when properly installed

Many instances of improper installation leads us to believe perfect installation is required for proper product function.  Steep slop roofs may cause water overflow.

TruGuard Surface Tension Solid Cover

$4.00-$6.00

$16-$20

Custom Bracket Screws through Gutter

Solid Product, Can self install, Excellent bracket guarantees nose forward design.

Somewhat expensive, Must maintain clean nose of product or surface adhesion breaks and allows water to drip.  Sap will negatively effect performance.

Gutter Helmet Surface Tension Solid Cover

Dealer Installed Only

$22-$30

Custom Bracket Possible Roof Penetration

Innovator in Market, First mass surface adhesion cover, Strong warranty

Highest Price, many reported problems with ice build up.  Nose forward design can be compromised by bad install.  Must maintain nose to maintain surface adhesion. Sap negatively effects performance.  Some experts don't recommend extra roof penetration.

Gutter Spring Solid Metal

$2.00

$3-$10

Snap In

Very Easy install, value priced. 

New Product, not time tested, simple design.  Ice may damage thin metal.  Large amounts of leaves may overwhelm ability to self maintain system

Guttagard Solid Cover

$1.55-$2.00

$5-$10

Snap In

Reasonably priced, relatively simple install

Problems reported with ice, seems nose space between gutter gets clogged. Finish deteriorates in sun

Amerimax Solid Vinyl Solid Cover

$1.00-$1.50

$3-$8

Snap In

Very Inexpensive solid product sold at national retailer.

Mixed results, some difficulties with install.  Pine needles clog slit.  Susceptible to ice damage.

 

Variance in gutter protection Cost

Depending on your region of the country the cost of product can vary.  Installed dealers pricing can vary significantly even with exact same product. Remember the gutter installer ranges from your neighborhood teenager to a fully legitimate business paying workmans compensation, liability, taxes etc...

Half Round and Copper Gutter Protection

Specialty gutter protection is available and varies by region.  Most insert systems will work with half round gutters and many sponge type insert and screens are the most popular. 

Special note with copper.  Copper gutters react(negatively) with aluminum and steel based gutter protection.  When covering copper gutters it is highly recommended you use copper product.  These are by far the most expensive covers on the market and range on average from, $30-$50 a foot installed.