How Do You Install Gutter Covers?

The importance of buying the best gutter cover for your home is something that is often overlooked, and with a number of different options out there, it can certainly be daunting to those not in the know. But don’t panic yet. This article will help you find the best gutter cover for your home.

Why do we need a gutter cover anyway?

A gutter cover is a perforated cover that keeps leaves and other objects out of the gutters so that the gutter doesn’t clog up. Clogged gutters can cause serious water damage to a house during a heavy rainstorm, as it can lead to water leaking into the roof. Gutter covers can prevent this so that your house will be easier to upkeep.

You no longer have to spend hours on an extremely dangerous ladder removing trapped debris from your gutters and can instead spend a lazy afternoon to yourself. Gutter covers will not only up the home’s market value as potential buyers are more attracted to a well-kept home but will also keep your house looking neat and clean during those wet and sludgy autumns and winters.

Gutter covers come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can be assured that there will be one out there to match your house. The only task at hand is finding one you like.

How much do gutter guards cost?

Before starting your search for your gutter covers, decide how much your budget will be. When it comes to home remodeling or repairs, it is easy to go overboard on the spending, and before you know it, you have spent thousands of dollars on a product that should only have cost half the price!

The average price of gutter covers runs from $9 – $15 per linear foot.

The average size of a house may have up to 200 feet of gutter which can add up to a pretty hefty cost. But, if you weigh up the potential damage that clogged gutters can cause, it’s still cheaper than having to pay for home repairs.

Be sure to take into consideration your budget but also be reasonable; do not expect your house to be covered and guttered out for $100 because that simply will not be the case! Remember, too, that you get what you pay for; it’s not just about quantity but about the quality of the product.

What to look for when buying a gutter cover?

Here are some things to consider when looking for your gutter covers:

  • Is your roof made from wood?
  • Slate and copper?
  • Composition?

The type of roof you have is an essential part to remember when looking for your gutter cover. Not all gutter covers work on all types of roofs, so be sure to keep in mind what kind of roof you have.

What kind of material is the gutter cover made from? Durability and longevity are two key points you must remember when deciding on the right gutter cover for you.

Make sure that the gutter cover is rust-free or, with exposure to rain and possible snow, it may not last for more than a few years. Gutters now come in a variety of plastics and sealed metals that repel water to avoid rust and rot.


Whilst functionality should be the most important thing to remember when shopping around for gutter covers, you also want it to match your house.

Almost all gutter covers come in the basic black, brown, white, and clay, but if you ask the retailers, they might also be able to get hold of less common colors such as burgundy or green. Any home can have matching or contrasting gutters; just ask your retailer what the options are.


Do not worry after purchasing your gutter covers if you are not sure how to install them. You can ask the retailers to install them for you, and many may offer their services before the sales transaction. Some may ask for a small fee, so make sure you are aware of this before you agree to installation!

Don’t just assume it’s free because they didn’t tell you how much it was going to cost. Gutter covers are an essential part of house maintenance and will undoubtedly save you a fortune in repairs in the long run. So, if you’re still picking at those leaves yourself, climb down and go gutter cover hunting before the winter months ahead!

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Ben White has written thousands of articles on everything home improvement. He has had the privilege of writing for such websites as the Huffington Post, DeWalt,, HGTV, and many others.

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