Gutter Guards: The DIY-Friendly Guide to Maintaining Rain Gutters

Gutter Guards: The DIY-Friendly Guide to Maintaining Rain Gutters

Leaves pile up in a GutterBrush leaf guard inserted in a gutter beside an asphalt shingle roof

Gutters and downspouts have an important job, directing rain water from the roof to the ground, so it never touches your home.

This prevents damage to the siding, basement flooding, and soil erosion near the foundation — and the costly repairs for those issues.

However, gutters catch more than rain water; they also collect leaves and debris that could block the drainage system, causing it to fail. 

Close-up view of GutterBrush leaf guard on a white background

About GutterBrush Leaf Guard

No one wants to constantly monitor their gutters for debris — and really, who has time for that? 

Fortunately, you don’t have to climb a ladder and keep a watchful eye over your gutters. At least, not when you have a special filter that does the heavy lifting! 

GutterBrush Leaf Guard is a cylindrical, bristled filter that you insert into your gutters. Each 3-foot section — which looks like a giant pipe cleaner — neatly fills the gutter, blocking any fallen leaves and debris. 

Installation is fast and easy, and the product is low maintenance, requiring only periodic checks for trapped contents.

Woman inserts a GutterBrush leaf guard into a gutter

How to Install GutterBrush

Always take the necessary precautions before climbing an extension or step ladder. For safety, have a buddy hold the ladder while you use it. 

Here’s how to install GutterBrush Leaf Guard: 

Close-up of a tape measure and a GutterBrush leaf guard inside a gutter

1. Measure and clean. Measure your home’s gutters so you’ll know how many leaf guards to order. Remember, each GutterBrush insert is 3 feet long. 

Then clean the gutters. Use a trowel to remove any leaves and debris; bag them for lawn debris or add them to the compost pile if you have one. Then spray each gutter with a garden hose and make sure water flows freely from the downspout. 

Man installs GutterBrush leaf guard in a gutter near an asphalt shingle roof

2. Slide a GutterBrush Leaf Guard into the gutters

Yes, just slide each one into position until you’ve filled the gutter — that’s all it takes! You need no tools or fasteners to install GutterBrush Leaf Guards.

Best of all, the system is affordable. Outfitting your gutters with GutterBrush costs thousands less than using most gutter covers and other screened systems. 

In fact, the average-size home can be protected for $200 to $400, based on needing 60 to 120 feet of GutterBrush.

Fallen leaves accumulating in a GutterBrush leaf guard that's inside a gutter

The Benefits of GutterBrush

In addition to filtering fallen objects, GutterBrush has a number of benefits, not the least of which is making gutter cleaning low maintenance. 

All gutters and gutter guards require maintenance, so be wary of any claims promising that you will “never clean your gutters again.” GutterBrush is the easiest leaf guard solution to install and maintain when needed. Just remove 3-foot sections, shake out any debris and slide them back in — no tools or fasteners needed. Gutter screens and covers have to be disassembled just to access the gutters and they are difficult to reinstall after cleaning.  

GutterBrush doesn’t just keep debris out of your home’s storm water drainage system; it also prevents birds, insects and rodents from nesting, causing system failure. 

Finally, during the wintertime, GutterBrush’s black bristles warm up in the sunlight, facilitating faster melting of snow and ice. 

The bottom line? Protecting your gutters with a simple full-time filter saves you time, money and energy!

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Rain Chain: A Stylish Alternative to Downspouts

Rain Chain: A Stylish Alternative to Downspouts

Moving water from gutters to the ground in a controlled fashion is a necessary chore, but rain chains are the perfect blend of form and function because they do it with style.

Rain chains come in all kinds of materials to match just about any home. From black powder-coated aluminum to hammered copper, and everything in between, there’s bound to be something that fits your home’s style.

And that’s the point. You need something that carries rainwater from your roof to the ground level, but you don’t need an ugly pipe to do it!

This downspout alternative will add charm and character to your home, compared to its more industrial-looking counterpart.

Two-step installation is easy, and anyone can do it with simple tools.

Marc Ingram removes a downspout from a gutter
  1. Remove the downspout from the gutter. You’ll need a power drill to remove the rivets and metal screws. Then pull the joints apart.
Marc Ingram installs a rain chain at Today's Homeowner host Danny Lipford's home

2. Attach the rain chain to the opening in the gutter.

As water leaves the gutter, it cascades down the chain, slowing the flow and creating a beautiful waterfall in the process.

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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.