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When it comes to roofing, different materials will have their own sets of pros and cons. The same can be said with gutters and gutter protection systems. One of the most popular trends that many gutter cover reviews are talking about today is foam inserts. However, the jury is still out on whether they are actually a good choice or not.

Advantages of Foam Protection

Gutter foam is, by far, the easiest protection system to install. The long strips of foam are simply inserted inside the troughs, and they are good to go. The foam traps leaves and other debris from clogging the gutters while allowing water to easily flow through them. You will have to buy blocks of foam to cover your whole system, but they are easily cut to fit almost any size of gutters you may have.

Disadvantages of Foam Guards

As many gutter cover reviews have pointed out, however, the biggest flaw in this system is its inefficiency. While it does perform its job of protecting the water flow within your gutters, they are prone to getting debris on top of them that can lead to pooling problems. Additionally, the constant exposure to moist foam can cause areas of the gutter interior to rot, causing leaks and other issues. Moreover, the foam itself is not durable enough and must be replaced within a couple of years due to deterioration.


Foam gutter guards certainly have merit as a temporary protection system, but they are not recommended for long-term use. Gutter Helmet® is still the best way to reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning to help keep your gutters and your home safe.

Learn more about the pros and cons of different gutter protection systems from our professionals at Gutter Helmet of Piedmont. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today. We serve Charlotte, NC.