Reader, Mary Beth recounts her personal experience with Leaf Filter and her local installer. She isn’t very happy with the result.
I also had the Leaf Filter installed on my house in the winter of 2009. I live on 5 acres of pine trees. So I thought this would take care of the pine needles. IT DID NOT!. The pine needles do not blow away because it is too cold and wet all winter. I live in the Olympia, Washington area.
I called the company because the system did not work on my house. So they sent out someone to look at them. The day he arrived, we had a cold spell and everything was frozen. So he took pictures. He said he would talk to his boss. I told him I wanted them taken off and I wanted a refund because they did not work. Never heard from them.
So I called them again. They told me that they only guarantee that the gutters will not clog. They do not clog, now they do not work at all. Now all the water just runs over them. So now I have to have them taken off so my gutters will work again. I am now trying to figure out what to use that might work better.
This “no clog” guarantee is quite common with all of the various gutter guard technologies. It’s a guarantee that they can easily make and keep. The problem for home-owners is that the guarantee is almost completely useless! A gutter can be completely clog-free and still not work. A gutter is not working if the rain water is cascading over the top.
When they make a “no clog” guarantee, they only mean the INTERIOR of the gutters. If the filter, screen, curve, or whatever is on top of the gutter clogs up and causes the gutter to utterly fail… this doesn’t count.
On my own gutters, I installed this product years ago and it works extremely well. I can’t remember the last time I had to climb a ladder and clean out my gutters. And it can be installed for pennies on the dollar compared to any professional gutter system.