I had a roof problem about a year ago and after a lot of investigation (and a few Breaktime consultations), I determined my original roofers had nailed “toe-boards” near the eaves and not sealed the holes, which was causing leaks. But that’s not my question.
While searching for the cause, I removed my existing gutter-guards. This was not a big loss because they were the cheap, plastic 4′ kind that just snap on the lip of the gutter and under the first course of shingles. Fall is now in the air (even in Atlanta) and I need to either get new guards installed or get an all-in-one product and replace the gutters completely. Currently I have 4″ aluminum gutters that are not in especially bad shape, but I’m in need of a permanent solution.
Is there a good product to go over existing gutters or would I be better off tearing off what I have and starting over with a one-piece? Some of the covers I’ve seen don’t seem to cost much less than an integrated product, so I’m interested in the price of one vs the other. I’m also particulary interested in keeping squirrels out, since they like to build nests in my gutters, then sit on my roof and mock me while I whizz BBs past them. I’ve trapped dozens and they keep coming back, so I need to bring in heavy artilery with something completely squirrel-proof.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.