Amerimax vinyl covers cave in once again, as you can see here. Vinyl simply does not have enough strength to endure the rigors of outdoor weather over the long haul.
In this close up, you can see how easily pine straw builds up on these Amerimax vinyl gutter guards, especially on the version with the mesh covering.
Typical debris build-up on the top of Amerimax vinyl mesh gutter guards. Leaf debris and pine needles have almost completely smothered this vinyl gutter cover, allowing rain to run right over the top of it and fall onto the ground below.
It’s not hard for wind and rain to blow Elko’s flimsy gutter guard, held by only 2 fasteners per 4-foot panel, right off of the house.
A 4-foot section of Elko’s GuttaGuard gutter cover has begun to buckle upwards and come loose from the gutter, allowing leaves to enter and clog everything up.
Another 4-foot piece of Elko GuttaGard is missing in action, blown away by wind and rain.
All these stains and debris on the face of this Elko cover tell you immediately that the gutter has overflowed many times. Elko GuttaGard just cannot keep gutters and downspouts from clogging up over time.
You can see that there is only 1 fastener left on this piece of dark-colored Elko GuttaGard. The poorly-performing fastener that Elko uses is that small silver-colored curved vertical part in the center of this photo.
Gutter Helmet is no match for handling debris and dirt.
In this closer view of the same piece of Gutter Helmet, you can see how heavy the buildup of debris is.
Gutter Helmet has trapped so much leaf debris between itself and the gutter that the opening between them is starting to close. When that happens, water just rolls right over this cover and spills onto whatever is below it.
This gap in this poorly installed end piece of Gutter Helmet enabled leaves and debris to enter and clog the system.
These flimsy panels of Gutter Helmet are not seamed tightly enough to stop leaves and pine needles. Also, part of this cover has squashed down right onto the top of the gutter, stopping water from entering the gutter.
Dented and squashed, this section of LeafGuard wasn’t functioning. Because LeafGuard is one solid piece, the entire 24-foot gutter had to be thrown away. Then it became clear that water overflowing the dented area had rotted the fascia behind it.
Once it has been taken down, it becomes clear that this piece of LeafGuard is slam full of debris.
A close up of the LeafGuard brand of gutter guards shows that, just like Gutter Helmet, it too attracts a great deal of debris and dirt.
On another home, here again we see the tell-tale accumulation of debris and dirt on the upper half of the LeafGuard product, which this cover is notorious for.
Wire mesh gutter covers from home improvement stores are easily bent out of shape and quickly stop working.
Unlike the flimsy and ineffective gutter guards shown above, the leaf guards installed by NC Gutter Guys, Inc. help stop clogs and overflows, and help prevent mold, and mildew, as well as reduce the chances of infestations of your home by ants, roaches, mosquitoes, and termites.
Open gutters should usually be cleaned out more than once per year. With a dense tree canopy, cleaning will be needed 3 or 4 times per year. This is why gutter guards from NC Gutter Guys, Inc. often pay for themselves in just 3 to 4 years.