How To Install Gutter Guards

Updated: Jun. 10, 2024

Gutter guard installation is a simple process that requires only a few tools. Here's how it's done.

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Time

A half day

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

Varies

Introduction

By following this step-by-step guide for gutter guard installation, you'll never have to worry about cleaning your gutters again.

Tools Required

  • ladder
  • Pencil / Marker
  • Shears

Materials Required

  • Gutter guards

Gutters are an essential part of any home, directing rainwater away from the foundation and preventing water damage. But what can you do about leaves, twigs and other debris that clog up your gutters?

Gutter guards are a great solution that aren’t that difficult to install. They’re fixed to the gutters, allowing rainwater to flow freely while keeping out leaves, pine needles and other potential blockages. Just make sure to do your gutter guard installation on a day that’s dry and warm.

Their primary benefit of gutter guards? Reduced maintenance. Without them, you’ll need to clean your gutters regularly to prevent blockages, which can lead to water damage. Gutter guards save you time and potentially money on professional gutter cleaning services.

There are several types of gutter guards; we’re using a fine mesh guard, or leaf filter. The mesh screen traps debris on top while letting rainwater pass through. The debris eventually dries up and the wind blows it away, or you can easily brush it off.

Mesh screens work well where leaves are the main problem, and they’re the easiest to install. They slide up under the shingles, which is ideal because the screen angles downward, allowing debris to slide off the roof.

Before you purchase gutter guards, make sure to measure your gutters so you buy the right size and amount of material.

Project step-by-step (6)

Step 1

Safety first

Make sure you have a good, sturdy, extendable ladder. Dress for the job. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, work pants and gloves.

Step 2

Clean gutters

Take the time to clean your gutters thoroughly to remove all debris and sediment. Don’t forget the downspouts.

Cleaning gutters with hand TMB STUDIO

Step 3

Slide gutter guard under shingle

Install the gutter guards by sliding the flat side up under the roofing shingles so they’re between the wood and the shingle.

Slide gutter guard under shingleTMB STUDIO

Step 4

Clip guard to gutter

Once in place, push the lip of the guard to the gutter until it clips on.

Clip guard to gutterTMB STUDIO

Step 5

Cut the final guard

When you reach the end of the gutter, you’ll most likely need to cut the length of the guard to fit perfectly. Measure the remaining space, then mark the measurement on the last guard. Cut the guard with a tin snips or shears, then install the guard the same way as the others.

Cut the final guardTMB STUDIO

Step 6

When to call a pro

Call a professional to install your gutter guards if you lack DIY experience, you’re uncomfortable with heights or ladders, or your gutter system is elaborate or in poor condition. Local professionals can address potential problems specific to your home or the part of the country where you live, such as excessive overhead tree cover or ice dams.