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Gutter sponges or foam gutter guards are a highly porous material that come in 4-foot long strips. This foam insert is meant to prevent debris from blocking gutters. While it’s a low-cost option, it’s not a long-term solution and you’ll still need to clean your gutters.

Here are the drawbacks of choosing foam gutter guards.

Why They Aren’t Worth It

Homeowners are attracted to gutter sponges because they are easier to install and cost less. They are designed to prevent debris from getting into the gutters while still allowing water to pass through them. However, debris still remains on the gutters, just at a higher level instead of being buried inside. Some also claim that these foam inserts encourage moss growth.

You may think that since holes are too small for debris to enter, water can flow easily. The truth is, this design makes it hard for water to flow easily into the gutters. The foam can slow water flow can be an issue during heavy rains since it can cause gutters to overflow. Moreover, particles that enter the foam gutter guards will start to clog the foam, meaning you’ll need to remove and clean it. Mold can also grow on foam gutter guards since they retain moisture.

Your Best Gutter Protection Option

If you’re looking for the best gutter guards, then consider Gutter Helmet®. With this gutter protection system, you can save on time, money and energy as it eliminates gutter maintenance. It covers your gutters completely, preventing dirt and debris buildup.

Gutter Helmet’s ribbed surface promotes smooth water flow, helping protect your foundation and exterior from damage. By choosing Gutter Helmet, you don’t have to climb ladders or hire someone to clean your gutters. It also long-lasting, durable, and can withstand the harshest weather conditions.

For the best gutter guards, turn to Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore. Give us a call (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We work with clients in Salisbury, Maryland.