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Install Gutter Screens

Clean gutters are essential to preventing water damage to your house. Gutter screens make it easier to keep your gutters clean.

Tools & Materials

Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.


Prepare to Install Your Gutter Screens

Gutter screens help keep large debris, like leaves and twigs, out of your home’s gutters. There are several types of gutter screens that attach under roof shingles, snap into gutters
or are fastened with screws. Gutter protection
systems include gutter screens, gutter covers,
leaf guards and gutter fillers. The following
instructions are for installing simple snap-in
wire mesh gutter screens, but other gutter screen installations are similar.

Before selecting a gutter protection product, inspect your home’s gutters to determine what type of debris it now collects. Leaves and twigs are relatively easy to stop, but tree or flower buds, evergreen needles and seeds can slip through many gutter screens.

Step 1

Select an appropriate ladder.

Use a step ladder if possible. For a two-story home, you may need an extension ladder. For all ladders, make sure that the legs are set on a solid, level surface.

Step 2

Measure each gutter separately (width x depth x length).

Also consider the pitch (angle) of your home’s roof as higher-pitch roofs have faster runoff that may miss a shallow gutter in a downpour.

If you live in an area that gets heavy snow, consider how gutter screens will be impacted by snow and ice buildup. Take this information to Lowe’s, where an associate can help you select the appropriate product for your home and budget.

Before you install the screens, thoroughly clean and repair your home’s gutters.


Install Your Gutter Screens

Refer to the gutter protection system manufacturer’s instructions for specific steps. Common gutter screens simply snap into place as follows.


Step 1
Install Gutter Screens

Starting at one end of the gutter, clip the screen lip to the front of the gutter, then slide the backside under the shingles.



Step 2
Cut the Gutter Screen to Fit

Continue down the length of the gutter in the same manner. Clip the lip and slide the backside under the gutter.



Step 3

As needed, overlap gutter screen sections by at least 1/2 of an inch.


Step 4

When you get to the other end of the gutter, cut the last screen to the length with tin snips or a utility knife.

If you live in a high wind area, fasten the screens to the gutters with sheet metal screws.


Maintain Your Gutter Screens

Every spring and fall, inspect your gutters to determine if the gutter screens are blocked or damaged. Remove and clean as needed.