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Are You a Consumer Reports Reader Looking for Info about Gutter Guards?

June 17th, 2009 No comments

If you are one of the thousands of readers who has looked to Consumer Reports for information about gutter guards only to find comments from other homeowners looking for the same info, I encourage you to read the posts contained in this blog. I started GutterTalk as a forum to educate homeowners about the array of gutter guard products on the market since there is little useful information available on the topic.

The purpose of this blog is to open a dialog with you, answer your questions, and steer you in the right direction. By reading the posts, you’ll find information you need to make an informed choice. The best way that I can help serve you is by responding to your questions and comments, and using your feedback to expand the content and relevancy of this blog. This will not only help you with your upcoming purchase decision, but benefit other homeowners who are facing the same issues that you are.

What are my qualifications?

In 1997, I became a distributor and installer of the Cinch solid surface gutter guard. A business partner and I launched a Web site and began selling this do-it-yourself product to homeowners and businesses across the country. We also installed the products we sold, so we quickly became experts in what works and what doesn’t. We helped the inventor and manufacturer refine the product design and improve its effectiveness based on real world issues. The inventor eventually struck a deal with large home improvement distributor, and it is now readily available in most Home Depot and Lowe’s stores.

Today, my company, Gutter Guards Direct, distributes LeafFilter, which is one of the premium micro-screen gutter protection systems on the market; however, I established this blog to provide you with an unbiased overview of several products on the market, to help you determine why you should or should not purchase gutter guards, and what issues to be aware of before making the decision to buy a gutter guard system for your home.

Finding the right solution is a significant issue for most homeowners. I receive e-mails and calls everyday from homeowners who are confused, frustrated, and looking for the best solution available. Most interestingly, about 40% of homeowners who contact us already have gutter guards on their homes, and they’re actually looking to replace what they have with a better, more reliable solution. 

This is an important point because it highlights that every product currently on the market has its pros and cons. In some cases, the same product may work great for one homeowner and be a huge disappointment to another. 

Now that you know a little more about me and the purpose of GutterTalk, please read on, and send me your feedback and questions. Comment on the individual posts, subscribe to our RSS feed or check back regularly for new posts.  You can also ask questions on our Twitter page at

Take care,