Some products are exciting, fun and a thrill to own. Well guess what? Today we have a special treat, a review of a product that is NOT exciting, NOT fun in any way and really NOT a thrill to own. Wait don’t hit that Close button on the browser yet, the product may not be any of those things, but it is incredibly useful.
Today we are reviewing GutterDome, a cover for your gutters that keeps out twigs, leaves and anything else that might clog up your gutters. I know, clearly not the most sexy of products, but because of its potential usefulness for Dads and Moms, we decided to take a look.
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What Makes GutterDome Different Than All The Other Gutter Covers?
As the video shows, Gutter Dome is a cover for your gutters that keeps out leaves and other debris. The idea of putting something over your gutters to prevent clogs is not new, but GutterDome does have some unique features…
First the GutterDome itself is incredibly solid, constructed from the highest quality 6063 extruded aluminum that has been tempered to a T5 strength. They also use a clear anodizing process (Anodic Oxidation) that creates a layer of oxide that protects the extruded aluminum and makes it immune to corrosion. Finally, that steel mesh you see in the video is actually made of a fine plain weave surgical grade stainless steel. No, I don’t know exactly what all those specs mean, but I do know that GutterDome feels really solid and it is clearly built to last.
Does The GutterDome Really Work?
When GutterDome first contacted us asking for a review we explained that we never review a product we have not had a chance to test in a real world setting. We figured that would be the end to that, it was not like they were going to come and install some GutterDome so we could do our review – right? Wrong! Much to our surprise, the folks behind GutterDome agreed to install a few piece so we could test it out. This was a clear indication that GutterDome, Inc. really believed in their product.
We have had no shortage of crazy rain storms, so we have been able to see the GutterDome in action in the pouring rain. The results from the GutterDome have been very impressive. It really does appear that noting gets through that steel mesh, except rain water. The mesh is very fine, so even little gravel pieces or very small debris did not make it into our gutters.
As the video shows, we also did a number of tests on the ground. We would cover a section of GutterDome in debris and then spray a hose on it. We were never able to get any debris to go through the mess. We also did some torture testing – banging on the mesh and running twigs against it – to see if it would tear or rip. I guess that surgical grade steel mesh is super strong, because we could not tear it.
Dad’s Don’t You Have Better and Less Risky Thing to Do Than Clean Your Gutters?
You may ask – why are we even talking about something as boring as gutter covers? Fair question. Yes, getting domes on your gutters is not exactly thrilling. However, never having to clean your gutters again – that is exciting. Also, just think of the fun things you could do instead of climbing on a ladder every year and pulling gross wet leaves out of your gutters.
Oh, and did we mention GutterDome could save your life? Well, not exactly – but it turns out anything that keeps you off a ladder can be considered a life saver. Consumer Reports writes that every year there are roughly 180,000 emergency-room visits and 150 deaths associated with household ladder use. Wow, I think I may just throw out my ladder and learn to levitate.
What Does GutterDome Cost?
Figuring out the exact cost of GutterDome can be challenging. GutterDome needs to be installed by an authorized dealer and a number of factors determine the final price (roofing material, condition of roofing material, roof access, condition of existing rain gutter system, etc). GutterDome did tell us that the average cost for an installation is about $2,000 – $3,000.
At this price, it will take 5-10 years to offset the cost of hiring a company to clean your gutters each year. For people who don’t have to clean their gutters each year, the price of the GutterDome may be a deal breaker. On the other hand, if you live in an area where cleaning your gutters is a yearly (or more) experience, the idea of never having to think about your gutters again may be very appealing.
Does GutterDome stop leaves and debris from clogging your gutters? Yes, yes it does. Do you need GutterDome? That depends. If you have no problem cleaning your gutters or hiring someone to clean your gutters on an ongoing basis, then you don’t need GutterDome. If you find it appealing to never have to worry about your gutters again and instead would like to spend your time on more enjoyable things, then GutterDome is a great solution.
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FULL DISCLOSURE: We received a section of GutterDome to review. We received no money for doing this review and receive nothing if you do decide to buy the GutterDome. This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!
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