Gutter protection has been in existence nearly as long as gutters have been used to control roof drainage. There is no end to the number of products on the market that claim to eliminate the need for gutter cleaning. For over 20 years Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning has tested many, many products to verify the claims of the manufacturers. Unfortunately, in nearly all cases, the products eventually fail. For the most part, they either cannot keep the debris out of the gutter, or, the product prevents the water from getting into the gutter. Given that Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning is the largest gutter cleaning company in the tri-state area, we have been called upon to clean just about every gutter protection product on the market – even the ones that claim “Never Clean Your Gutters Again!”.
At Ned Stevens we offer two products. They can be classified into two categories: “Economy” & “Premium”. The “Economy” product is a milled aluminum screen that slips under the first coarse of roof shingles and onto the front lip of the gutter. This product comes in 3 or 4 foot sections, is relatively easy to install and is generally NOT permanently affixed to the gutters – so removing them is a simple process. The screen product is sold as a “preventative measure” for maintaining gutters and NOT as a “never clean your gutters again” solution. Screens are usually recommended for customers who require more than 2 gutter cleanings a year but don’t mind continuing to pay for 1 gutter cleaning per year even after the screens are installed. Screens are generally installed at a price of $3 – $5 per foot (including material). The cost of installing screens plus continued gutter maintenance should be measured against the cost of a Platinum Service Contract to determine what your best solution might be.
The “Premium” product is called LeaFree. It is a unique patent pending leaf and debris shedding gutter system that is installed over your existing gutters. LeaFree works on the scientific principle of water adhesion so when the water rolls off the roof shingles and onto the LeaFree cover, it sticks to the cover and rolls into the open water channels in the cover. This product has a low profile design that enhances the look of your home by blending in with your roofline and hides unsightly metal flashing. LeaFree comes in White, Brown, Copper and 12 other colors to match any home’s exterior. It is made of .024 gauge aluminum and has a baked on coating guaranteed to NEVER fade, chip, crack or peel. LeaFree is guaranteed by the manufacturer AND by Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island to never require further gutter cleaning. The installation is a custom job with each section of LeaFree bent to match the specific pitch of each roofline. The cost of installing a LeaFree system is between $12 and $15 per foot (including material). The overall cost should be measured by how long it would take to recover the cost of the installation over the annual cost of gutter cleanings your home requires. In essence, this product is for customers who need at least 4 gutter cleanings per year or multiple gutter cleanings per season (ie. A November and December cleaning).
Many of the advertised gutter protection products are very expensive and require a lot of fine tuning until they can work in a semi-effective manner. Overall, when looking into gutter protection, a customer should consider several things:
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