Gutter systems are an essential part of any home, as they help to protect the roof, walls, and
foundation from water damage. However, cleaning gutters can be a tedious and dangerous
task. That’s why many homeowners invest in gutter protection systems, such as K-Guard,
LeafFilter, and LeafGuard. In this blog post, we’ll compare these three popular gutter systems
and help you determine which one may be the best fit for your home.
K-Guard Gutter System
K-Guard is a comprehensive gutter system that includes a seamless gutter, a protective hood,
rear drainage channel, and a downspout. The system is designed to prevent clogs and debris
buildup, while also channeling water away from the home. The K-Guard gutter system is made
of heavy-duty .032 gauge aluminum and comes with three lifetime warranties. Lifetime no clog
guarantee, lifetime no pull away guarantee, and a lifetime paint/finish warranty. All warranties
are transferable to the new homeowner as well.
One of the benefits of K-Guard is its ability to handle high volumes of water. According to
K-Guard, their gutters and downspouts are larger than others and can support a minimum of 23
inches of rain per hour. K-Guard uses 22.5 inches of metal on its product, where a 6” gutter
only uses 15 inches. Downspouts can either come in 2X3 or 3X4 for residential homes and
K-Guard strictly uses the 3×4 downspouts.
One of the unique features of the K-Guard system is its patented high-strength hangers, which
are designed to support the weight of heavy snow and ice. The protective hood also has a
curved design that prevents debris from collecting on the top of the gutter. K-Guard also
features a rear drainage channel allowing it to handle wind blown rain effectively. Overall, the
K-Guard system is an excellent choice for homeowners looking for a durable and effective gutter
LeafFilter Gutter System
LeafFilter is a micro-mesh gutter guard that is designed to keep out all types of debris, including
leaves, pine needles, and shingle grit. The system is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and
is backed by a lifetime warranty.
The micro-mesh design allows water to flow freely into the gutters, while keeping out debris. The
system is also designed to withstand heavy snow and ice buildup, making it a good choice for
homeowners in colder climates.
However, there have been several lawsuits filed against LeafFilter, including a nationwide class
action settlement for $5.2 million in Zilinksky v. LeafFilter North, LLC. The lawsuit alleged that
the LeafFilter gutter system suffers from a defect that causes the product to be unable to
function properly in moderate to heavy rainfall, among other issues.
LeafGuard Gutter System
LeafGuard is a seamless gutter system that includes a built-in hood and is designed to channel
water away from your home while keeping out debris. The system is made of .032 gauge
heavy-duty aluminum and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
One of the benefits of LeafGuard is its patented one-piece design, which prevents clogs and
eliminates the need for cleaning. The built-in hood also has a curved design that prevents debris
from collecting on the top of the gutter. Leafguard’s patented bracket doesn’t support the trough
of the gutter, only the top and back of the gutter. Due to the design of their bracket, homeowners
may find the gutter separate at the front overtime due to weight. When this happens debris can
begin to enter the gutter and create clogs.
All three of these gutter protection systems offer unique benefits and are designed to keep your
home safe from water damage. K-Guard is a seamless comprehensive system that is designed
to prevent clogs and keep homeowners off the ladder. LeafFilter is a micro-mesh system that is
designed to keep out all types of debris while allowing water to flow freely. LeafGuard is a
seamless system with a built-in hood that eliminates the need for cleaning.
When choosing a gutter protection system, it’s important to consider your specific needs and
budget. All three of these systems can protect a home and eliminate gutter maintenance, so it’s
up to you to decide which one is the best fit for your home.
While these products are all the same across the country, the companies that install them are
different in each area. Some companies use employees while others use subcontractors. When
making your decision, be sure to research the reviews of your local dealer.