Jun 06, 2016

Five Ways Open Style Gutters Can Leave You Disappointed

What do gas station sandwiches, participating in your office’s Secret Santa pool and movie sequels have in common?  They always seem like a good idea at the time, but quickly leave you disappointed.  If the home improvement industry were to ever compile a list of such items, it’s a certainty that open style rain gutters would be on them.  Before you install open ended gutter sections, we’ll help explain why this could be a catastrophic mistake for your home.

Aesthetic Appeal

 Paying attention to your home’s curb appeal is worthwhile because it’s the first thing that guests see.  Because open gutters are prone to clogging and overflowing water, they often become stained and discolored which creates eyesores.  (Shameless plug-LeafGuard® Brand Gutters have a one-piece, seamless design that not only enhances functionality, but the look of your home’s exterior too, much like crown molding does in your home’s interior.)seamless gutter guard on st paul, mn home

Having To Climb A Ladder

You’re only kidding yourself if you think that open face rain gutters will never have to be cleaned in order to avoid all of the problems that can ensue due to clogging and overflow.  In fact, every year, 90,000 emergency room visits are directly tied to those who have experienced serious injuries due to falling off a ladder.

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A Place for Pests to Congregate

Oftentimes, open gutter sections can make a perfect home for pests such as squirrels, mosquitoes, carpenter ants, and earwigs.  That’s because open style rain gutters quickly accumulate debris, such as pine needles & leaves which attract these types of pesky creatures.

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Fire Hazard

Think about the last time you built a campfire.  In order to get it started, you likely used some twigs and leaves for kindling.  Open gutter systems have no way to stop these items from entering them and can easily become clogged.  This creates the perfect environment for a fire which can easily be started if a neighbor is using their fireplace, having a campfire or shooting off fireworks, as it only takes one spark for a fire to ignite.

Your Home’s Resale Value

While potential homeowners may have varied opinions on what makes a home desirable, they overwhelmingly agree that the more maintenance-free features a home has, like clog-free gutters, the more appealing it is.  Open style rain gutters cannot be maintenance-free because there is no barrier in place to ward off organic debris.one-piece gutter guard on garage

A Word About LeafGuard® Closed Gutter Systems:

LeafGuard® Brand Gutters are the only one-piece gutter system, with a built-in hood that covers the gutter bottom and deflects leaves, twigs and organic debris. This exclusive, seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which:

  • Curtails clogs
  • Allows water to freely flow
  • Eradicates leaks and the risk of water damag
  • Makes climbing ladders to clean gutters a thing of the past

Learn more about seamed and seamless gutters. 

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"It went well.  Thank you!"

Ruth B.
Rosemount, MN
February 8, 2023

"Thank you so much for everything!! It was such a pleasure working with Logan, Rob, Bob, Micah & Trevor (installed our LeafGuard® Gutters and downspouts) and Austin & Hunter (installed the garage door siding with new stops). They were wonderful and nice and thorough and very competent."


Mick & Mary D.
St Paul, MN
January 19, 2023

"I am happy with the work done on the gutter install."

Sandy R.
Red Wing, MN
January 15, 2023

"The technician worked very efficiently and put in long hours to get the job done. Excellent work and we were very grateful."

Pam L.
Oakdale, MN
January 12, 2023

"We have had them do work at our home before and at my parents' house. They did great work!"

Sue R.
St. Croix Falls, WI
January 3, 2023

"It was a pleasure dealing with Lindus Construction for the purchase and install of gutters on my house.  The workmen were efficient and professional. They arrived as scheduled, did the work efficiently, cleaned up and left the worksite as good or better than before.  Lindus Construction was a pleasure to work with."

Theresa F.
Prior Lake, MN
December 23, 2022
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