What are Gutter Guards and Do They Really Work?

Did you know that if you don’t clean your gutters it can overflow onto the foundation of your home causing around $10,000 in damage? Not many homeowners are fans of cleaning their gutters which is why you might be wondering what are gutter guards and are they worth the investment?

We are going to cover the ins and outs of gutter guards in the blog post below.

What are Gutter Guards?

Gutter guards are covers that go over your gutters to protect them from debris falling inside and filling them up. Gutters are in place to help you avoid foundation damage, cracked structures, water damage, mold damage, etc.

For this reason, you always want to make sure that your gutters are in tip-top shape doing what they are meant to do.

Do Gutter Guards Work?

Gutter guards are effective at keeping gutters clear of debris that can cause your home harm. They are much better than putting on your gloves and cleaning out all the dirty decomposing leaves and debris that pile up inside your gutter system.

Keep in mind that some of the best gutter guards are those installed by professionals such as Prr247.com. The ones that are sold at hardware stores are not always as well built. Also, if the guards are not installed properly they will not work correctly. 

Types of Guards

You will want to choose your type of gutter guard depending on the foliage around your home. Although they all attempt to do the same thing, you will want to choose based on the debris that you usually find in your gutters when you clean them out. 


This type of guard is a mesh sheet that is attached to the shingles and covers the gutters. The tiny holes help sift out debris while still letting water flow into the gutter. 

Mesh sheets work well but they do not last very long and usually have to be replaced every other season.

Bottle Brush

These look like large pipe cleaners that help collect debris as it falls in. The bristles face upward and collect the debris while letting the water flow into the gutter. 

Reverse Curve

These guards direct the flow of water into the gutter system through a tiny slit. Leaves and debris are encouraged to keep on falling to the ground. 


This is made from a plastic material that fits into the gutter. It blocks all of the debris that falls from the roof and into the gutter but can sometimes make it hard for water to flow down. 

Vinyl Guards

These guards fit into your gutter without having to attach them to the shingles of your roof. There are recessed slots that allow water to enter the gutters without letting the debris and leaves fall in. 

Ready to Try Some Gutter Guards?

Now that you know more about gutter guards, you can make an informed decision whether you want to try them out for yourself. If you choose to try gutter guards in your home it is always best to let the professionals take care of this for you. You can attempt to DIY but sometimes installing a gutter guard might not be as simple as it seems. 

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