A gutter brush is another type of leaf protection system. It is a long circular guard that you keep in your gutters all year round in order to prevent clogging of leaves, twigs, and other debris. It can even prevent birds and rodents from building their nests in your gutters. Gutter brushes act as filtration systems and allow water to flow through your gutters. As such, they reduce the need for cleaning and maintenance. They also come in many different sizes so that they can fit your gutter properly.
The two main selling points of gutter brushes over other protection systems are that they are simple and affordable. Regarding the former, each gutter brush is only a few feet long; therefore, you place each brush into your gutter in sections. There are no screws, glues, or tools required; you merely slide the gutter brush into your gutter. The maintenance is also simple, since you have easy access to your gutters and can easily lift the gutter brush up or pick off any leaves or twigs that are lying on top. Regarding the latter, some gutter protection systems can cost thousands of dollars. However, gutter brushes typically cost between $100-$500, depending on how long your gutters are.
The downside to gutter brushes is that the spacing and gaps in between the bristles can leave room for smaller debris (such as pine needles, seeds, and small leaves) to get lodged inside the brush. When this happens, it slows down the water filtration and can cause water to build up and over-flow onto your foundation, perhaps even into your basement! If any debris gets lodged inside of the brush, it might also be difficult or annoying to try and pick it out or clean.
Therefore, there is a cost to having a less expensive gutter filtration system. As mentioned in the last article, “Gutter Protection Systems Save You Time And Money,” a more costly gutter investment could actually save you more time and money in the long run. We also mentioned that one of the top gutter filtration systems on the market is the T-Rex continuous hanger.
As always, consider the pros and cons of each of your decisions. Perhaps a gutter brush is the right decision for you. However, if you have the money to invest – and it truly is a wonderful investment – then our top recommendation is the T-Rex continuous hanger.