The Amerimax Snap-In Gutter Filter is a 3 ft. x 6-1/2 in. x 1/2 in. gutter guard with a filter bonded to the plastic. It is designed to keep smaller debris out of the gutter, helping to eliminate clogs. Made of lightweight plastic, the filter is easy to install. The 3 ft. section attaches to the front lip of the gutter. The filter can be used with most K-style gutters.
(86 reviews) 86
79%of customersrecommend this product66 of 84reviews
Rating Breakdown86 reviews
79%of customersrecommend this product66 of 84reviews
I installed these on my house and garage over two weekends a month or so ago. I cleaned the gutters and downspouts and put these on. We've had some pretty heavy rains and the water was flowing freely out of the downspouts. It did not appear that the gutters were overflowing as they did when they were full of debris.
Installation was easy, though I did have to snip them where the gutter nails were located. The gutter guard did not fit with the nail, so I just notched the gutter guard with tin snips. We do have the newer Z-shaped gutter hangers in only a couple places and the gutter guards fit perfectly right over them and required no modifications. NOTE: Install these with the SCREEN ON TOP. I saw another review with a photo where the screen was installed underneath and they failed. This is incorrect.
These were not my first choice. I installed the surface-tension type on a previous house and loved them. Water dropped into the gutter and debris slid right off. Unfortunately, they don't make that type in brown to match our new house. These appeared to have better ratings on other websites as well, so I though if I was happy with the other ones, surely I'd be happy with these.
We're heading into fall and winter, so time will tell if these collect debris and stand up to ice. They certainly won't collect debris like an open gutter, but I think they'll catch seeds and buds off the trees in the spring. We'll see, but so far I'm happy with them.
Pros: Easy to Install
Cons: No Instructions, screen easy to separate from product
Images for this Review
(click to see full-size image)
Looking down from second-floor dormer. You can see the notch at the gutter nail (plus a tiny leaf). They clip at the front of the gutter and slide under the shingles.
Our need for the gutter filters are from evergreen tree needles, not leaves. It made shopping for something a bit tougher. I am quite pleased with their performance.
The fine mesh glued to the guard does it's job in keeping the needles out, the larger stamped out holes of the guard allow the water through without spilling over the edges.
The installation was a "snap" and the price was great as well.
It is too soon to say just how long the bonded mesh will stay attached to the guard itself - but for us a few seasons of help is comforting. I am a guy that uses a blower on the roof fairly often as part of routine maintenance - I am pleased with the purchase - the needles blow right off and the troughs are vacant from debris.
My only disappointment - HomeDepot only stocked the color "white". My gutters are brown. I had to order them online but they did come to my door step a week later.
Pros: Easy to Use, Performs Well, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight, Straight, Seals Well, Great Value, Easy to Clean, Economical, Light Weight
Previous owner had a contractor install these guards a decade ago on ours and neighbor house, he installed them upside down. Eventually the filter screen separated and became a dam that collected all sorts of debris adding ice weight in winter and algae in summer. A maple sapling growing up through the guard alerted me to the problem. Install them with the filter screen on the top and they will perform as they were designed.
I bought these gutter guards to replace several existing items that had become warped and brittle with exposure to sun and weather. It is well know that certain types of plastics are UV sensitive and perhaps this is the case for these items, but it should not be. However to be fair they were installed more than 6 years ago and most of them are fine.
When i installed them with one side under the shingles, this made the angle to steep. In a light rain some of the water just ran over the screen and down the outside of the gutter. i guess i will have to replace them.
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy to Install, Easy to Work With, Good Size & Weight, Great Value, Economical, Light Weight
Recommend overlapping two inches as noted in instructions, I started out not doing that but changed- much tighter in sealing out small leaves so far. Used tin snips and made fast work of it. These are pretty pliable, leaving some curving where the Bradford pear pears collect so I'll need to figure out how to brush that off but that's better than a clog. Like them so far, fall not fully here yet.
bought these just a year ago (installed in Connecticut) and the filter (plastic window screen) is coming loose at the bottom where it is needed (looks like hot melt glue held it on). so as the screen detaches, then the small debris from the trees is able to get in and now you have to remove the gutter guards to clean the gutter, wow what a product.
it has also sagged deep into the gutter from exposure to the sun which leaves a valley for junk to build up in.
BTW, says in the instructions that you should overlap the ends of the pieces, but to do so......you must cut the heavy plastic material yourself - some assembly required
We've used these for years, and they do a great job of keeping even fine particles out of the gutters. If you have brown or white gutters, these are a great choice. Once in place, and be sure to read the instructions as we put them in the wrong way on our first try, you never have to clean the gutters again. There is a fine screen over the top of the plastic portion now, and it lies on top. The earlier versions did not have this and still kept almost everything from entering. A great low cost alternative to Gutter Helmet and other high end solutions.
Pros: Performs Well, Easy to Install, Easy to Work With, Economical, Light Weight
Really easy to install on standard gutters, easy to cut to size if needed.. But remember to install them correctly! Not clear on labels. The fine screen should be on top. If you install them upside down, the glue will fail in a year or so and the screen will fall off and droop into the gutter. The price/value should be good...I expect these to last several years, if not more.
You can't beat these for the price. I have large trees and I had to replace Rain Filters because of the buildup of debris.
Pros: Easy to Install, Great Value
0out of0found this review helpful.
Review 15 for Snap-In Filter Brown Gutter Guard
PostedSeptember 9, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
These gutter guards do help keep leaves and debris out of the gutters. However, every unit that received direct afternoon sun during the summer "wilted", and sagged into the gutter, making them useless. Our climate in southern Oregon is considered "moderate". These units could not withstand our "moderate" summers.
We had something very similar to these on our gutters - best thing we ever bought! Before we had to clean our gutters constantly, and even then we'd end up with clogs when it would start raining. After we installed these, we could check the gutters once a season or less. We got a little too complacent, though. These toppers like to warp in the sun, and then they let in debris and the gutters clog. When we realized how many had warped (after 7 or 8 years in the full western sun) we realized it was time to replace so we ordered these. Husband said these were a little more flimsy than the ones we bought a while ago (go figure...isn't that the way of things these days?), and were a bit harder to install (fit under roofing shingles). But they seem to be doing a good job, and we'll see how they do as the years go by.
average dollar value. easy to install and low profile make them obscure but they still need to be cleaned and many homeowners do not realize this. If they are not kept clean, they can cause ice damming and destroy the roof sheathing and framing as well as damage to interior of home. I would recommend with caution.