Even the best made gutter guard covers won’t keep all of the leaves, pine needles, and other debris from getting in your gutters; but they can reduce it significantly. Before installing gutter guards on your home, buy several different types and try them out to see which one will work the best on the trees in your yard.

Even the best gutter covers will require you to remove the guards and clean the gutters from time to time, so make sure the ones you choose are easy to install and remove.

Read our article for more information on highest rated gutter guards for pine needles.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: Late fall and early winter seems to be the time when most people think about cleaning their gutters. Well, ours are already clean, now we’re trying to figure out a way to keep them looking this way.

Now for a lot of you, that means going out and shopping for some type of gutter cover, like we have here, which really not a bad idea. But you need to be aware that almost none of these solutions will make your gutters completely maintenance free.

Now, most of these systems do a great job blocking out the larger leaves, but even the best ones will usually let some of the small debris still get into the gutters—like twigs or blossoms or maybe some pine needles—so some cleaning will still be necessary.

So which solution is best? Well, it really depends on where you live, and what kind of trees you may have around your home. So do a little experimenting, like we’re doing here, with a few pieces from several different systems, before you invest in enough of it to do your whole house.

Now, there’s a lot of different option out there, and each one has its own little advantages and disadvantages. But by trying out a few of them, it’ll give you an idea of which one works the best in keeping the debris out of your gutters.

And you’ll also see just how easy it is to install it and remove it for the cleaning that will be necessary. That’s very important because even though these things should reduce the number of times you have to clean your gutters each year, they probably won’t eliminate the chore all together.

So choose the one that works best for you, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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