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Voxxjin
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Re: Best way to clean gutters?

Question about those screens. Do leave still get stuck in them? It seems that over time you would get leaves stuck in them and have to clean them. Or do you have to clean them just not as often?

With the foam things, how do they perform in heavy downpours? Seems like they wouldn't be able to handle heavy rain (water wouldn't be able to flow through fast enough) and it would just cause water to over flow the gutter.Not to mention that it seems more things could get stuck in the foam as there are more holes for leaves and things to catch on to.
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cdru
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said by Voxxjin:

Question about those screens. Do leave still get stuck in them? It seems that over time you would get leaves stuck in them and have to clean them. Or do you have to clean them just not as often?

I had them for 4, maybe 5 years. For the most part they remain leaf free. Occasionally you might get a leaf that falls stem down and gets snagged, but it wasn't that big of a deal. I found that cottonwood seed pods that didn't break open still made it through, as did other miscellaneous organic matter that eventually collected to the point it needed cleaned out.

After cutting down several of the trees in the back yard, replacing the roof and gutters, as well as the sun's rays turning the plastic brittle, I never replaced them. Once or twice a fall I get up on the roof with the gas blower and just blow them out, gunk and all.

garys_2k
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said by Voxxjin:

Question about those screens. Do leave still get stuck in them? It seems that over time you would get leaves stuck in them and have to clean them. Or do you have to clean them just not as often?

I've never had to clean them yet, the leaves really do blow right off. One possible downside is that the gutters do seem to hang onto more ice in the winter, not too terribly much but definitely more.

said by Voxxjin:

With the foam things, how do they perform in heavy downpours? Seems like they wouldn't be able to handle heavy rain (water wouldn't be able to flow through fast enough) and it would just cause water to over flow the gutter.Not to mention that it seems more things could get stuck in the foam as there are more holes for leaves and things to catch on to.

That's an excellent question. I doubt much will collect in the foam, I'd expect most junk to blow off. As for gutter capacity, that ought to be "pretty much" unaffected assuming the gutters' slope is sufficient. Like I said, I'm going to try them on my next house -- I hate cleaning the damn things.

I hear you on the hazards of the job. Most of my gutters on on the second story of a colonial and I risk my life just to clean gutters. No way, that's why I tried the screens and they've been excellent.


Voxxjin
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Good to know. I have never used anything other than my hands before to clean the gutter. Regarding the foam, idk, it just seems like it would backup. Like pouring a lot of water through a sponge. It just seem like it would push the water through all of the foam fast enough. Maybe it is a lot holier than I think it is.

My parents installed a Gutter Helmet on their house a few years ago. But it has no screens. Seems to work pretty well for them.

»www.gutterhelmet.com/
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garys_2k
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said by Voxxjin:

Good to know. I have never used anything other than my hands before to clean the gutter. Regarding the foam, idk, it just seems like it would backup. Like pouring a lot of water through a sponge. It just seem like it would push the water through all of the foam fast enough. Maybe it is a lot holier than I think it is.

My parents installed a Gutter Helmet on their house a few years ago. But it has no screens. Seems to work pretty well for them.

»www.gutterhelmet.com/

Gutter Helmet is WAY overpriced! No way it's worth that much and small stuff does follow the water around the loop into the gutter. Not a problem is the slope is sufficient to carry that stuff out, but if there are flat areas it will accumulate.

As for the foam, it's not at all like a sponge but more like the nylon mesh that's used to clean dishes. Very open.

Bob4
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Someone here posted an analysis that for the cost of Gutter Helmet, you could hire someone to clean your gutters 3 times a year and come out ahead.


Voxxjin
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It might not be a gutterhelmet, it might be a knockoff version but that was the thing I could think of. Anyway whatever they have it looks like a gutterhelmet.

As for the foam, I just checked their website »gutterstuff.com/guttering/ I see it doesn't completely fill the gutter as I thought it did. I just wish the video would show how well it lets leaves 'roll off' the foam.
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garys_2k
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The wind blows them off. The surface isn't any rougher than my screens and they're covered with leaves now, on and off, depending on the wind. This will be the fourth year I haven't had to clean them.


Voxxjin
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I will definately consider the foam when we buy our permanent home. Thanks
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boaterbob
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Here's an interesting blog on the subject. This person does not seem to like the foam solution, however it seems a couple of folk from this forum have had positive results with the foam. So, bottom line - sometimes things work, sometimes they don't!
»www.guttertalkblog.com/?p=260

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garys_2k
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said by boaterbob:

Here's an interesting blog on the subject. This person does not seem to like the foam solution, however it seems a couple of folk from this forum have had positive results with the foam. So, bottom line - sometimes things work, sometimes they don't!
»www.guttertalkblog.com/?p=260

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That site's author seems affiliated with one of the higher priced gutter protection systems, that's for sure.

Like I said, the screen type protectors they deride (and I linked to, above) have been great for me for four (maybe five now) years. Stuff lies on it until it blows off, which it ALWAYS does. My ash tree has been dropping a ton of leaves over the past two weeks and none of them have caused any hint of a clog, at all.

This ain't rocket science and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. The main thing is to keep solid junk out of the gutters as much as possible. Screens, foam inserts, brush inserts, "micro" screens, fancy bent covers, they all should do the same thing: Keep the junk out. The slope of the gutter is critical to it being able to handle the tiny junk that gets in (stuff will get in, no matter what any of the sales guys say).