Fall is approaching – you should really screen your gutters now.

My customer is a master gardener, but this is a little much!

Why you should get gutter screens now:

The picture above is the result of a few years of oak pollen, dust, shingle gravel, and airborne weed seeds creating an unwelcome garden in my customer’s gutters! There are many reasons that this scenario is potentially harmful to your home:

  • The weight of the debris in the gutter can cause the gutter to pull away from the fascia board and expose the home to wood rot
  • The mud that forms in the gutter attracts ants and other critters
  • Acorns that fall in the gutter attract squirrels. Squirrels aren’t always smart, and sometimes get stuck in downspouts. This is not a good situation
  • The buildup of debris can cause water to get behind the gutter and rot the wood fascia or damage the roof decking

Gutter screens like the ones in the photo above (taken during installation as I was cleaning the little garden out) will keep out most everything, including shingle gravel. The only thing they won’t completely stop is oak pollen, but as long as the screens are angled correctly, the pollen should shed off with the wind.

Benefits of gutter screens

  • Are mostly maintenance free after installation
  • One reasonable upfront cost versus years of gutter cleaning costs
  • If you don’t like ladders, you won’t have to worry about cleaning your gutters – leave the ladders to me!
  • Gutter screens will prolong the life of your gutters, downspouts, and fascia and prevent water damage to the wood around the eaves.
  • Screens provide a necessary pre-filtration for rainwater collection


You need to install gutter screens, and I would be more than happy to help you with this. There are companies out there trying to sell them for $20/ foot. These people are as crazy as the squirrels I mentioned earlier.

With Gateway Gutters, you can get gutter screens like these for between $5.50-$7.00 per foot, installed.

MiniMesh Gutter Screen
MiniMesh Gutter Screen

Please contact me at (512)537-8537 to get a quote. I’m a local Wimberley contractor and have helped a lot of people in the area with gutters and screens.

Fall is approaching fast, and the leaves will be piling up. I look forward to hearing from you.