How to Protect Gutters from Leaves & Pine Needles Like a Pro

How to Protect Gutters from Leaves & Pine Needles Like a Pro

Are you looking to learn how to protect gutters from leaves? Or are you searching for how to protect gutters from pine needles? Whether you’re trying to protect your home from leaves, pine needles, or any other type of debris, the experts at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island can help.

Since 1965, we’ve been providing gutter cleaning, gutter repairs, and new gutter installations to customers throughout the Long Island area. We also two different gutter protection products that are tested and proven to protect gutters from pine needles, leaves, and more. Continue reading to learn more about how to protect your gutters and your home.

How to Protect Gutters from Leaves with Screens?

At Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island, one of the most popular gutter protection products we offer is the milled aluminum screen. This screen is designed to slip underneath the first course of shingles on the roof (when possible) and onto the gutter’s front lip.

In comparison to other types of gutter protection, our milled aluminum screen installs relatively easy and isn’t permanently affixed to the gutter, which makes removing them a hassle-free process. Unlike other home improvement contractors, we do not sell our milled screen gutter protection as a “never clean your gutter again” solution.

Instead, we sell it as a viable and effective solution for how to protect gutters from leaves.  These economy milled aluminum screens are available in four foot sections and cut on site to custom fit your gutters.  Ned Stevens also offers a premium screen product which is much sturdier and a much more effective gutter protection solution.  This premium product is installed similarly to the economy screens but can offer most homeowners a better more effective outcome while reducing gutter cleanings to once every one or two years.

How to Protect Gutters from Pine Needles with LeaFree?

The other product we offer to protect your gutters from debris is our premium LeaFree product. This highly-effective, patent-pending gutter protection system is installed over your existing gutter to shield it from accumulating leaves and other types of debris, even pine needles.

LeaFree functions on the scientific principle of water adhesion. As water rolls off the shingles onto your roof, it will go onto the LeaFree cover and stick to it. Then the water rolls through the open water channels in the cover while the leaves, pine needles and other debris are blocked out.

LeaFree is designed with a sleek low profile that enhances the overall look of your home by hiding noticeable metal flashing and blending in with your roofline. You can choose LeaFree in a variety of colors including copper, brown, and white. As a custom installation job, the experts at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island will bend each section to match the unique pitch of your roofline.

LeaFree is engineered of .024 gauge aluminum with a baked on painted coating guaranteed to never peel, crack, chip, or fade. Unlike other gutter protection systems, LeaFree is backed by Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island and the manufacturer to never require further gutter cleanings. The customers that benefit the most from LeaFree are those who need multiple gutter cleanings per season or a minimum of three to four gutter cleanings every year.

How to Protect Your Gutters from Leaves & Pine Needles with Foam Inserts?

Although foam inserts may be popular, we have found them to be ineffective. As a matter of fact, foam filters can cause the very thing you’re trying to prevent – water damage from clogged gutters. We’ve seen instances where foam inserts and foam filters have resulted in the complete clogging of gutters and interior flooding.

Most foam insert filters are made from polyurethane or polyether, which means it’s a petroleum-based product and will be attracted to other petroleum-based products. This means all of the oil and tar from your roof will collect here and turn into a gutter-blocking solid mass.

Even if this doesn’t happen, the foam can still result in clogged gutters. The foam filters are designed to sit inside of your gutters and form a small .5” shelf that's just big enough for debris to get trapped. Once trapped, your gutters will be unable to perform the task they’re designed to do.  Finally, we have seen these foam products retain water, freeze up and create an ice dam causing major interior damage.

Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island

When it comes to how to protect gutters from leaves and pine needles, trust the experts at Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island. We bring decades of experience delivering viable and highly effective gutter protection solutions.

Due to our long term industry expertise, we know which products work and which ones do not. As a result, we only offer two different types of gutter guard or gutter protection products: aluminum screens and LeaFree gutter protection. We’ve tested both products, and we know they’ll perform as advertised.

Best of all, we'll guide you toward the best gutter protection product based on your needs and the number of gutter cleanings you need to regularly schedule.

Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island today. 

Erika Cruz

Erika began her career at Ned Stevens in September 2009 after 4 years of managing investment portfolios for banks and credit unions. She graduated with her business degree in Management in May of 2016 while working Full-time at Ned Stevens. With 11 years of gutter expertise, as office manager she is in charge of the day to day operation and is fully dedicated to her staff and customers.