Today there is a bigger demand for such products as more of us are becoming aware of the damage that a broken or congested gutter can have and also as homeowners look to save on expenses, hiring a professional to clean the gutters is a cost that can be removed.
It is not just the water itself that can become a problem if a gutter gets blocked with organic material.
Any standing water is the perfect habitat for a range of pests and insects, for example you will notice more mosquitoes around your property if any part of the guttering gets blocked during the warmer summer months.
When the potential damage to roofing and walls is also factored in then a gutter guard should be thought of as an essential buy.
Perhaps the biggest difficulty would be trying to decide which gutter guard to choose and use.
There are a number of differences between the products that are now on the market.
For a start there are aluminium covers you can buy that use the water adhesion principle.
They work well but require a regular cleaning of the system's nose to ensure that water does not overflow.
If you live in a particularly cold part of the world then be warned that this design can be prone to large icicles during the winter months.