More and more homeowners are investing in gutter protection systems. The thought of never needing to climb on your roof and scoop leaves and dirt from the gutter is very attractive. The folks that make and sell these systems are all too quick to back these claims. But are these claims accurrate?
Right now there are over 50 different types of gutter protection systems on the market. Consumer Reports did a 16 month comparison of over 20 different types of systems to not only test their effectiveness, but to also test which system was the best.
The result of the study was revealing. They found the systems tend to cause rain to over shoot the gutters in heavy downpours, or contribute to clogging problems on top of the gutters. Average costs of $20 to $30 per foot, these pro-installed systems tested would cost $3,000 to $5,000 for the roughly 160 feet needed on an average-sized home.
The Best Buy/Recommended category of protection turned out to be the Amerimax gutter screens which are available at the Big Box stores. These Do-it-Yourself screens cost 30 to 40 cents per foot, totaling around $560.00 for the home owner willing to do the job themselves.
The Consumer Reports study confirms what Excel Roofing has seen over the years: there is no perfect gutter protection system. We have tried different systems over the years and are yet to see one that drains properly in heavy downpours and does not clog over time. Gutter protection on a home that is prone to ice damns tend to see more gutter clogging problems.
Excel believes the best solution is to have the gutters cleaned at least once a year, Either hire a professional service to get them cleaned, or get out your ladder and clean them yourself. It may not be the most attractive solution, but it will guarantee your gutters stay free of clogs.
Excel Roofing Gutter Cleaning Service
$199 for one-story home
$299 for two-story home
$399 for three-story home
*does not include cleaning of underground drains. These are almost impossible to clean and will probably need to be replaced.