Sponge / Pipe Cleaner

Overall Rating:

There is another type of system that incorporates stuffing your gutter with different types of foam, fibers, rubber and acrylics. They are supposed to prevent all debris from entering your gutter. The biggest problem we have found is that roof grit will clog the spongy systems. Tree seed and catkins will actually germinate and grow in these systems even though some claim to use biocides to prevent that from happening. It usually doesn’t happen overnight but two years down the road, watch your “gutter garden” grow.

Pricing was as low as $2.00 a foot plus shipping over the internet and sold at $10-$14.00 a foot installed locally. The cost of installation seemed average for a heavy duty product like Gutterglove, but very high to us to just lay some sponge-like material in a gutter.

What works, What works well and What doesn’t work:

We found these products to be poorest alternative to cleaning your gutters several times a year. In fact, you will have to clean you gutters with this product which involves removing the product and all the accumulated debris it has captured. We think this is more “icky” than cleaning the gutters with a garden hose and by hand.

Not recommended for any application. They are sold at a much lower cost, but they simply don’t do the job long term. This category works no better than the reverse curve and doesn’t hold a candle to the Micro-Mesh category.

We are currently reviewing:

  • Rain-Flow Gutter Protection System
  • FoamCreations
  • Rapid Flow Gutter Drainage Protection


  1. Jonnny  August 18, 2010

    I like this site. Very helpful and very motivational. Thanks a ton. This will help me a lot.

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  2. Ted Wetzel  September 12, 2010

    Have you done any review of DCI product Flo-Free? Seems like it is similar to the plastic and metal mesh/screens but intuitively seems to me that it would perform better.

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  3. Paul F. McGuire  November 27, 2011

    I installed Rain Flow gutter guard just over 5 years ago. At the time, I thought it would work better than anything I had seen. (I even wrote and told them so. I only complained about the warranty language placing way too high a hurdle on the customer.) Now, I regret that letter of praise. I would not recommend this product. Sun and snow have caused it all to be crushed into the gutter allowing plenty of leaves, tree dirt, and roof grit to clog the pores. The mesh and sponge material have separated in many places. Apparently the company now delivers their product with a gutter edge bracket they think will prevent the crushing I have experienced (a fix they did not notify me about despite my have registered with them). The bracket won’t help the pore clogging and the material weakening I have experienced in any case. At this point, I plan to tear it all out and start over. It isn’t possible for me to hose my gutters each year. Am hoping a metal mesh that is more solid would work well enough.

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  4. Jim O'Brien  September 26, 2012

    Does anyone have any feedback on the RainTube system.


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