The Amerimax Home Products 4 ft. Gutter Cover features rigid, PVC construction to withstand heavy rainfall and keep leaves, pine needles and debris out of the gutter. The flex design accommodates different roof pitches and the low profile enhances the appearance of your gutters. This gutter cover installs easily and fits standard 4 in., 5 in. and 6 in. gutters. To install, slide under the shingles and hook to the front edge of the gutter.
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73%of customersrecommend this product73 of 100reviews
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73%of customersrecommend this product73 of 100reviews
Although the covers have reduced maintenance for clean out they are not perfect. They do keep out the majority of elm tree seeds and pine needles that fall from my trees. While doing this job they also provide shelter for rodent nests. The rodents also like to eat or chew the covers requiring periodic replacement of some covers. I have tried other covers and these are better than anything else I have tried.
After cleaning 2-year-old gutters in fall 2012, my wife and I decided to install these after trying a few of the flat diamond screen version. Installation takes some effort to get the edge between the decking and the shingle. A putty knife would probably make raising the shingles easier. Once the entire back edge was under the shingle I using a paint can opening tool to snap the cover into place. (That idea came from another reviewer.)
Fast forward two years; I had been working out of state and my wife noticed a lot of rain spill over from the gutters outside the kitchen. I removed a couple of covers for cleaning and cleared a clog at the downspout screen. I also found the drainage slots clogged with dirt and cleaned them with a wire brush. I suspect that accumulation was due to water backup. But I find it easier to clean the outer slot every two years than to clean the gutters.
One more thing: I didn't read the instruction download until today. The mfr recommends 1-1/2 inch overlap cover to cover (to improve appearance and prevent gaps), and describes how to make a bird guard at the outside corners. Because I had not read this, I improvised with duct tape and had critters crawl into the gutters.
I've been using these for a few years now and when new they are really good. I have 6 inch gutter around the entire parameter of my house and have used the old not so rounded noses and the newer rounded noses. The newer rounded ones work better first because they actually hook onto the front of the gutter. The problem cones after they have been installed for a couple of years the narrow slots get crud in them and plug up. am currently trying some that I have widened the slot by 1/2 inch. So far they are functioning well. I'm hoping they will not get clogged up as quickly. The biggest problem in the past is the maple seeds. We'll see how well it goes.
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy to Install, Easy to Work With, Economical
I recently replaced my roof and gutters due to a hail storm. I got estimates from several contractors and all of them said the Amerimax plastic gutter covers were junk, and wanted $15 to 22 per foot to install their aluminum gutter guards. My neighbor had installed Amerimax Gutter Covers himself a few years ago and has been very pleased with their performance, and had NO damage from the hail storm, unlike others with aluminum covers.
I decided to save some money and go with the Amerimax Gutter Cover, and did the work myself. Saved over $1000 and have been very satisfied with their looks and performance so far. Highly recommended for someone wanting to save money and able to do the installation themselves.
Got this on 4 rentals for several years. All trash and pine needles just wash off. Easy to install. Use a 1'x4' piece of thin paneling to lift the shingles and slide the guard in. A Stanley Wonder Bar to lock it in the gutter and a self-tapping screw in the middle to keep it from popping out later. You will need a stand-off stabilizer for your ladder. .
Pros: Easy to Use, Performs Well, Easy to Install, Easy to Work With, Great Value, Economical, Reliable, Light Weight
Download the complete installation instructions at the bottom of this page under "MORE INFO". Here you will find detailed information for the installation. The most critical info is you must overlap the ends by at least 1 1/2". This detail is not mentioned on the label instructions attached to each piece of gutter guard. Some of the unhappy reviews mentioned that just butting them together isn't a very good method. Well that's because it's wrong. They also mention the use of screws(optional). At the end of the gutter you fashion and end cap by artfully cutting the end piece of gutter guard.
Pros: Easy to Install, Great Value, High Quality, Economical
After installing new gutters through Home Depot, we quickly realized that the continuous fall we experience in North West Florida filled the gutters to overflowing with leaves. So we tried these. This video is of a 1/2" of rain per hour and no overflow.
Amerimax Home Products 4 ft. White Solid Gutter Cover from Home Depot. The Amerimax Home Products 4 ft. Gutter Cover features rigid, PVC construction to withstand heavy rainfall and keep leaves, pine needles and debris out of the gutter. The flex design accommodates different roof pitches and the low profile enhances the appearance of your gutters. This gutter cover installs easily and fits standard 4 in., 5 in. and 6 in. gutters. To install, slide under the shingles and hook to the front edge of the gutter.
Pros: Performs Well, Easy to Install, Easy to Work With, Great Value, Economical
I am an older woman, and installed these from a ladder. It's wasn't too hard - the only tricky parts were 1) getting the shingles separated so I could slip the cover between the last two rows (I didn't want it under the last row, against the wood) and 2) getting the gutter cover to "click" over the edge of the gutter. That took a screwdriver once the cover was in place, to move along the edge lifting it a bit and slipping it over the gutter edge. I think these will work great - I am very happy with them and incredibly happy that I did not pay a professional thousands of dollars for a $200 project. Try them - and good luck!
Pros: Easy to Install, Easy to Work With, Great Value, Economical
Maybe it's my shallow roof pitch, but they did not work on my house.
PostedOctober 6, 2012
No, I do not recommend this product.
I installed these last year, and over one winter season I noticed water and debris spilling onto my deck . So this summer I climbed up and took a look, the little trench along the side where the water is to enter, was packed full of debris. I looked the situation over and the pitch of my roof leaves the gutter covers almost flat due to the way the gutters are attached to the fascia. Being flat, the rolled over edge and the trench area are nearly vertical and everything flows into the trench, nothing drops over the side until the trench area is packed full. Then everything including the water goes over the edge as if there were no gutter there at all. These MAY work on a steeper pitched roof, but not on a mobile home roof pitch. Buy something different. I am trying just strips of hardware cloth, who knows maybe it will work.
Great if you are using them for leaves. Pine needles still get caught in the openings. If it wasn't for that it would work great. Planning on just getting rid of the trees and not having to deal with them. Would recommend them if you don't have pines near your roof line.
My wife and I live on a ridge in the Appalachians surrounded by trees. Our gutters kept getting clogged by leaves, then the rain would overflow the gutters and seep into our basement. Commercial gutter guards would have cost 10 to 15 times what I paid for these. So far (5 months) they have worked as advertised. They have endured wind gusts of 50mph with no problems (I didn't install screws). I had a handyman friend install them for me as I can no longer climb ladders. The instruction sheet that came affixed to each gutter guard needs to contain more information (such as how to create end caps to keep out birds, how to overlap, etc). Amerimax has a web site that gives the information missing on the instruction sheet
I installed test sections of this product on my home to see if I wanted to cover the whole house. The sections were completely covered; meaning they were short sections of gutter but those sections were totally covered. With the first hard rain, I went out to view the flow. There were small areas where the water overflow was significant. These areas were where the tree debris would more likely to be washed from the roof such as from around the chimney or where the water stream flowed more heavily.
After the rain, I climbed up to view the product to determine the problem. The holes to allow the water to flow into the gutters were clogged with the small debris from the roof everywhere I had observed overflow during the rain. Furthermore, there was some debris where no overflow occurred. Of course, with future rains, these areas would also become clogged.
If you have a lot of trees around your home and significant tree debris on your roof, these covers are not for you. Also, the claim for this product is that it helps to keep gutters clean. I don't doubt that it helps to prevent major build-up in the gutters, but I believe you will still have to clean your gutters now and then because small debris still gets into your gutters through the water transport holes. I would expect that pine needles would be washed into the gutter through the water transport holes.
I need to at least clear the holes in this product even though the product has only gone through one hard rain.
25out of26found this review helpful.
Review 16 for 4 ft. White Solid Gutter Cover
4 foot vinyl gutter guards
PostedSeptember 3, 2008
No, I do not recommend this product.
Installing the guards is easier if two people are involved..The corners are difficult to make without practice...The new improved gutter guards states, in small print, for a detailed instructions go to the website...Instructions indicate that screws might be needed to secure to the top of the gutter, but no pilot holes or screws are provided...The biggest problem with these guards is that if the rain gutter edge is higher than the roof line sheathing, then the water will flow back under the eaves and cause water damage over time...I had to remove all of these guards because of this....In all fairness, the design concept is good, but this product just might not be right for your situation...
7out of7found this review helpful.
Review 17 for 4 ft. White Solid Gutter Cover
They really work!
PostedOctober 27, 2011
I have a section of my house that is the 2nd story that is DIRECTLY under an old oak tree that drops lots of acorns, leaves and small branches. It is a pain to take out the extension ladder and clean that gutter... I tried the mesh gutter covers, but found that they allow a LOT of rain water to run right past the gutter...also many leaf stems get caught and end up clogging the mesh.
I saw these and figured I would give them a try as they looked very similar to my neighbors gutter system that she spent thousands on.
Here is the deal with installation...if you have good roof pitch and/or your gutter is not tight to the roof line (meaning you have a few inches below the bottom shingle and your gutter) you will be fine installing these and clipping them in to the gutter as designed.
However, If like my house...your roof does not have a big pitch and your gutters are fairly close to the lowest shingle... you need to get creative... what I did on mine, was NOT clip them in...because if I did-I ended up having an area where water could puddle on the gutter cover - and I did not want that.... so, I installed them without clipping them in and ensuring there was no spot for the water to puddle.
We have had some severe rain, and I am so impressed...the water really does wrap around and go right into the gutter.... I do not plan on going up on that roof for a long long time.
Price is great too....Very happy I bought these...matter of fact I put them on the rest of the house this past weekend !
Installed 3 sections to test. Quality seemed good and install was easy. For my roof they would be only be useful for light rain. Simulating heavy rain with the garden hose caused most of the water sheet off the guards and over the gutters. I was surprised that was the result as my roof is not very steep. In my brief test several Maple "helicopters" also made their way into the channel plugging the "drain" slots. I would not recommend these if you have any small debris to deal with.
Pros: Easy to Install
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Review 19 for 4 ft. White Solid Gutter Cover
Already clogged on debris before leaf season
PostedJuly 30, 2011
No, I do not recommend this product.
The problem with these covers is that the curved lip dumps down onto the flat portion which mounts to the gutter edge, causing any debris to pile up there. After that the cover is blocked and completely useless. They will probably do better with leaves, as these should slide over the edge. If the opening was larger this issue might go away.
I live on a heavily wooded lot, mainly oak, hickory, and maple trees.
I just purchased 1 section to test fit and water test on my home. I usually have to clean out my gutters 5-10 times a year. I must say it works flawlessly. I will return next week or this weekend and buy the supplies to finish. A gutter company quoted me $2000 for the sheet metal version that dents easily. This a really thick vinyl and easy to install and the don't dent at all.
I live where winds can be high, so it recommends that you use 2 color coded sheet metal screws per section. This is a good idea and also it is unnoticable. Good luck. Oh by the way the quote was $2000 from the pro. I will do it my self for $140 give or take a couple bucks. Hhmmmm. I say DIY baby.