We have a pretty good sense about how gutter guards perform during the spring, summer and fall, but how do they stand up in the winter when temperatures drop below freezing and it’s snowing outside? Do gutter guards produce icicles? Will gutter guards collapse under the weight of snow and ice? Are exposed gutters less susceptible to the build-up of snow and ice than gutters that have gutter guards installed?
I spent time recently looking into these issues and recorded my experiences in a series of YouTube videos.
We tested micro mesh gutter guards from Leaf Solution, LeafFilter and Diamondback; a solid/reverse curve gutter guard from LeaFree; Amerimax’s popular plastic diamond pattern screen (model #86270); two perforated aluminum gutter screens from Leaf Relief and GutterRx, and a generic expanded metal screen. We also kept a portion of the gutter exposed to the elements to see how it would compare to the tested gutter guards.
Watch the videos in sequence to see how the gutter guards perform!
Testing Gutter Guards in Snow and Ice Introduction
Installing Gutter Guards for Snow and Ice Test
Gutter Guards Tested with Snow and Ice Loads
Gutter Guard Snow and Ice Test Results
We will keep the gutter guards installed for the winter, and will post updates and new videos when conditions change.