There are several highly-rated gutter guards, including the LeafFilter, GutterTopper, LeafGuard and Waterlov. Each gutter guard performs well in terms of buildup and heavy flow. Guards also vary according to whether or not they are meant to be homeowner or professionally installed, which drastically affects the cost, according to Consumer Reports.
LeafFilter gutter guards are considered top-of-line in terms of quality, protection and function, and have been featured on several different broadcasts, including Angie's list, "This Old House" and "Today." LeafFilter brand gutter guards use special types of mesh material, which is placed on top of the gutter. This mesh stops any large pieces of debris, including leaves and dirt, from clogging up the gutter. Leaffilter covers must be professionally installed.
Gutter Topper is another top-shelf gutter cover manufacturer. It specializes in covers that are used for specific problems, such as pine needles or leaves. The leaf cover uses a mesh-like material, which captures leaves and easily drains water. Pine needle covers use another mesh-like material, which is small enough to prevent the needles from entering the gutter, but large enough to allow the water to pass through. Gutter Topper also offers its consumers a chance to purchase customized color options, all of which are required to be installed by a professional contractor.