LeafFilter vs. LeafGuard Gutter Guards Comparison

LeafFilter and LeafGuard are two of the biggest names in the gutter guard space, and they are also two of the most commonly compared options. To help you determine which product is right for you, we compared LeafFilter and LeafGuard across five key metrics: performance, installation, cost, warranty, and reviews.

For an in-depth look at the differences, continue reading below. To quickly summarize our findings, we prefer LeafFilter’s design, performance, and warranty over LeafGuard’s. LeafFilter also receives more favorable customer reviews across a wide range of online sources.

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Best Gutter Guard Overall
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Best Surface Tension Gutter Guard

Gutter Guard Type & Performance

The biggest difference between LeafFilter and LeafGuard is that they are actually two entirely different types of gutter guard. While LeafFilter is a micro-mesh screen that sits on top of your home’s existing gutters, LeafGuard is a one-piece surface tension “gutter system” that includes both the gutter and the gutter cover. 

For a complete discussion of the differences between the various types of gutter guards, refer to our complete guide. But to summarize, micro-mesh gutter guards like LeafFilter do an excellent job blocking even the finest debris (including shingle grit) from entering the gutters, while still allowing water to pass through. When made with high-grade materials (like LeafFilter’s stainless steel design), these guards can last for decades without deteriorating. The biggest complaint of micro-mesh screens is that, depending on the location, they can require cleaning to prevent algae buildup.

Surface tension (or reverse curve) gutter guards like LeafGuard are meant to last just as long, while requiring less frequent cleaning. It’s important to note, though, that debris can collect on top of any gutter guard, including both micro-mesh and reverse curve, which is one of the biggest complaints of gutter guards in general. The downside to surface tension guards, specifically, is that in heavy rain, water will often pour right over the top. As mentioned above, LeafGuard includes both the gutter and guard, which can be a plus or minus depending on your needs.

For most applications, we prefer the performance of LeafFilter’s micro-mesh design over LeafGuard’s surface tension system.

LeafFilter (left) vs. LeafGuard (right) Design

LeafFilter vs. LeafGuard Gutter Guards

Installation

Both LeafFilter and LeafGuard require that their products be professionally installed. Neither is designed to be installed by the homeowner. Because of this, the installation experience is similar across the two companies.

When LeafFilter professionals come out to the home for an installation, they will clean and realign your existing gutters before installing the LeafFilter gutter guards. One thing we really like about LeafFilter is that unlike some other products on the market, LeafFilter does not require that the shingles be lifted during installation. LeafFilter instead uses a hanger that is screwed directly into the fascia. This method helps prevent damage to the roof and avoids interfering with roof warranties.

Even though LeafGuard includes both the gutter and cover, the installation process is similar. Like LeafFilter, LeafGuard does not interfere with the shingles in any way. The product mounts directly to the fascia board. For most homes, the LeafGuard system can be installed in about a day, and includes removing the old gutters.

Cost

Neither LeafFilter nor LeafGuard publish their prices directly online. This is mainly due to the fact that these products can’t be purchased and installed by the homeowner. Instead, each installation is custom and performed by the company, with materials and labor charges depending on the size and structure of the home. Interested customers can reach out to the companies directly for a free estimate.

That being said, LeafGuard tends to be more expensive than LeafFilter due to the fact that LeafGuard is an entire gutter system, while LeafFilter provides only the cover. So for homeowners with functioning gutters who are just in need of a gutter cover, LeafFilter will be the less expensive option. For homeowners that need both gutter covers and new gutters, LeafGuard will likely be more affordable than buying both products separately.

Warranty

To put it simply, LeafFilter has a far better warranty than LeafGuard. LeafFilter’s warranty is easy-to-understand, comprehensive, and lasts a lifetime. LeafGuard’s warranty, on the other hand, is less comprehensive, has far more provisions, and generally leaves the customer feeling less protected.

To summarize, LeafFilter offers a 100% money-back guarantee that your gutters will remain free of debris and that your home will not sustain any interior water damage as a result of clogged gutters. The warranty is valid for the life of the home and is fully transferable to subsequent homeowners in the event of a sale. This is the type of warranty we like seeing.

Unlike LeafFilter’s broad warranty, LeafGuard’s warranty is more narrow in scope. It protects against the gutters blistering, cracking, chipping, etc.; however, it doesn’t offer a money-back clog-free guarantee like LeafFilter. The company instead puts that responsibility back on the installing dealer: “Should your LeafGuard gutters become clogged for any reason, it is the sole responsibility of the installing dealer to provide proper resolution.” Additionally, while the LeafGuard warranty does last for the lifetime of the original owner, if it is transferred to another party, the warranty becomes prorated and also reduced to 50 years.

Reviews & Customer Satisfaction

Both LeafFilter and LeafGuard are BBB-accredited businesses, and both have received an A+ rating. The A+ rating means that, in the eyes of the BBB, both companies do an excellent job interacting with their customers and responding to feedback and complaints. While the BBB rating is consistent across the two companies, the average customer review rating does differ significantly.

LeafFilter currently has nearly a 4 out of 5 star rating, across more than 3,500 customer reviews. Customers are generally highly satisfied with their LeafFilter purchase, highlighting how well the product functions, a pleasant sales experience, and satisfaction with the warranty. The smaller number of negative reviews generally mention the high price point, as well as some installations that fell short of expectations.

LeafGuard currently has a far lower customer satistication rating, at just below 1.5 out of 5 stars. In addition to the price point, dissatisfied customers often point to installation and warranty issues as reasons for the low ratings.

Where to Buy

Neither LeafGuard nor LeafFilter gutter guards can be purchased online, at big-box retailers, or at your local hardware store. Both companies sell their products directly to consumers, and perform the installation. As discussed above, neither product is going to be a good choice for DIYers interested in less expensive options that can be purchased and installed independently.

Both LeafFilter and LeafGuard have locations throughout the United States; however, the states they serve and number of locations do differ. LeafFilter offers far more locations than LeafGuard, at 128 locations across 41 states for LeafFilter versus just 59 locations across 36 states for LeafGuard.

Neither company has locations in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, or the Dakotas. For customers in New Hampshire or Vermont, LeafGuard is going to be the better choice, as LeafFilter does not have locations in those states. On the other hand, for customers in Delaware, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, or West Virginia, LeafFilter will be the only available option.

LeafFilter (left) vs. LeafGuard (right) Locations

LeafFilter vs. LeafGuard Locations

LeafGuard vs. LeafFilter: The Final Verdict

To summarize, both LeafGuard and LeafFilter offer quality products. However, given that LeafFilter utilizes a micro-mesh screen that works with the existing gutters, costs less, and receives more favorable customer reviews than LeafGuard, we think LeafFilter is the better choice for most homeowners. That said, for those needing to replace their entire gutter system, LeafGuard is worth considering, as it can be less expensive than purchasing gutters and gutter guards individually.

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Brandon Medina
Brandon Medina

Brandon is a senior researcher for Construction Coverage and Senior VDC Engineer with Truebeck Construction. Before Truebeck, he was a Project Engineer with Gordon Prill, Inc.

Brandon grew up in California and graduated from California State University with a degree in Construction Management. Through his formal education and work, Brandon has gained invaluable experience across all aspects of the construction industry.