Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big gutter guard test 2021. Here we present all the gutter guards we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best gutter guard for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a gutter guard.




Summary

  • A gutter guard keeps leaves, small debris and animals from clogging a gutter.
  • Gutter guards come in different designs, shapes and sizes. You can find the best protection for your gutter.
  • Gutter guards are easy to install and remove. You can also clean it quickly if parts get caught in it.

The Best Gutter Protection: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a gutter guard

What is a gutter guard for?

A gutter guard protects a gutter from clogging or animals nesting in it. Leaves and needles in particular can disrupt the flow of water. Birds often build their nests in gutters and martens hide in the pipes.

Gutter guards are designed to keep out small debris that would fall into the gutter. Some variants direct the leaves out of the gutter on their own due to the slope. Other models are easy to clean yourself.

Gutter guards are used to prevent leaves and other unwanted objects from entering the gutter. (Image source: pixabay.com / Anne Kroiss)

The gutter guard is an all-rounder that not only keeps the water drainage system of your house or shed in working order. It also keeps birds, mice, martens, rats and raccoons out.

To keep your gutters working properly, be sure to use a gutter guard instead of cleaning the gutters manually.

How much does a gutter guard cost?

There are large price differences between the different gutter guards. Depending on the quality and type of protection, you should expect a price range of approximately 3 to 160 euros.

The prices seem reasonable to us in that they save you a lot of maintenance time and reliably protect your gutter.

Type price
Gutter net from approx. 7 €
Gutter grid (per element) from approx. 3 €
Gutter brush (per element) from approx. 3 €

Gutter nets are usually available in sizes that are sufficient for the entire gutter. Gutter grids and gutter brushes are often sold as uniformly long elements.

What alternatives are there to gutter guards?

Gutter guards are built in different shapes and with different materials. Each model has its own advantages and disadvantages. The following section will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to gutter guards.

Type Description
Downspout guard A downspout guard is attached directly to the downspout. The basket catches the leaves and prevents the downpipe of the gutter from becoming blocked. This variant is very inexpensive, can be used flexibly and is quickly installed. It also protects against martens, but not against other animals, because it does not cover the entire gutter.
Animal repellent strip The animal repellent strip can be attached directly to the rain gutter. Its spikes are designed to prevent animals from settling. However, other small items such as leaves can get caught in them, so the gutter can still become blocked.

The two alternatives to gutter guards only protect against leaves or animals and therefore cannot compete with the all-rounder gutter guard.

Decision: What types of gutter guards are there and which is right for you?

If you want to buy a gutter guard, there are three alternatives you can choose between:

  • Gutter net
  • Gutter grid
  • Gutter brush

The protection factor, the installation and the use of the three different gutter guards each bring advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer and what you want to use the gutter protection for, a different type is suitable for you. The following section will help you decide.

What are the characteristics of a gutter net and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The gutter net is stretched over the gutter. It reliably keeps leaves and animals away from your gutter. In addition, gutter netting is the most cost-effective option.

Advantages
  • Cost-effective
  • Reliable protection
Disadvantages
  • Assembly requires skill

Installing gutter netting can be tedious. However, it can be done with manual dexterity. It's best to get a pair of helping hands.

What are the features of a gutter grille and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A gutter grille reliably protects against leaves, other small parts and animals. It is manufactured in various shapes and fits into round and half-round gutters and into box gutters.

Gutter gratings are made of different materials. To ensure good protection and maximum durability, you should match the material of the grille to that of the gutter so that there are no unwanted chemical reactions.

Advantages
  • Reliable protection
  • Easy installation
  • For all gutter shapes
Disadvantages
  • Observe material
  • Observe angle of inclination

With a gutter grille, you should always make sure that it is inclined in such a way that it tends to deflect the small items lying on it. Leaves will collect on the grille if it is tilted towards the house wall instead of the edge of the gutter.

What are the characteristics of a gutter brush and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The gutter brush is primarily intended to protect animals. Among other things, it effectively keeps away martens, rats and birds. But the gutter caterpillar also reliably keeps out leaves.

Advantages
  • Very easy to install
  • Efficient animal protection
  • Protection against small parts and leaves
Disadvantages
  • Leaves can get stuck in bristles
  • Manual cleaning
  • Rather semicircular gutters

You can simply place the inexpensive gutter brush in the gutter. It can also be easily adjusted to the right size. However, you have to clean it manually, which only requires taking it out.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate gutter guards

In the following, we will show you which features you can use to decide between the large number of possible gutter guards.

The criteria you can use to compare gutter guards with each other include:

  • Shape
  • Material
  • Dimensions
  • Protection

In the following paragraphs we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria.

Shape

Gutter nets are always stretched straight across the gutter. A gutter bead lies in the drain, which should ideally be semi-circular. However, gutter grids come in different shapes depending on the gutter.

Many gutter grilles are also straight and slope towards the edge of the gutter. There are also gratings that are curved outwards and form a kind of dome over the gutter so that animals cannot sit on them and small items fall down better.

Before you buy a gutter grille, you should take a close look at the shape of your gutter. Gutter gratings are available for round and half-round gutters and for box gutters. When buying, make sure you get the right grille so that optimum protection is guaranteed.

Material

The hard bristles of the gutter caterpillar are made of durable plastic. It is UV-resistant and weatherproof. The wire core is galvanised so that durability is also guaranteed from this side.

Gutter guards are available in aluminium, stainless steel, metal, copper, plastic and zinc. Certain combinations of materials are not compatible. For example, you should never combine iron and zinc with copper.

The best advice is to use the same material for the grille and the gutter or to buy a plastic gutter grille. You can combine this material with all other materials and it is also weather-resistant.

Gutter guards can be made of different materials. However, you should consider what the gutter itself is made of. Because some materials should not be combined with each other. (Image source: pixabay.com / Manfred Antanias Zimmer)

Dimensions

As a standard, you can buy gutter grates as 1 m long and gutter brushes as 1 m or 1.2 m long elements. You can also easily cut gutter beads to size with a hacksaw.

Gutter brushes also have different diameters. You can buy them in thicknesses of 8 cm, 10 cm, 12 cm or 15 cm, depending on the size of your gutter.

The holes in the grille and mesh also play an important role. If the holes are too small, the water may not drain properly. Holes that are too large will not reliably hold back small particles. Holes with a diameter of 6 mm are ideal.

Protection

In general, only an intact gutter guard reliably keeps out leaves and animals. So make sure that you install the protection for your gutter correctly.

Gutter grids and gutter nets divert dirt on their own. This means that you don't have to do much and can let these two variants fulfil their function. Animals can sit on them, but they do not get directly into the gutter.

The gutter caterpillar effectively prevents animals from entering the gutter. Leaves are also kept out, but can get caught in the bristles when they dry. For optimal protection, you must clean them regularly.

Facts worth knowing about gutter protection

How do I install a gutter guard?

The installation of a gutter guard is usually very simple. All the necessary parts and brackets, including instructions, are included in the set. Only the gutter net requires some skill.

Gutter beads only need to be placed in the gutter. Gutter grids are often simply clamped in place, just like gutter nets. Make sure that individual elements overlap by about 25 mm so that gaps are covered.

How do I clean my gutter?

Below we have selected a video for you that shows you how to clean a gutter properly. Because before you can mount the gutter protection, the gutter should be well cleaned.

How do I winterise my gutter protection?

You can simply remove a gutter brush over the winter or leave it in the gutter. With gutter grating and netting, it is important that they are attached to both edges of the gutter. A lot of snow has a heavy weight and can damage the insecure gutter protection.

Photo source: pixabay.com / Anne Kroiss

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