One problem that you have when you have gutters on your house, and trees nearby, is that often, your gutters can become clogged by the leaves as they fall off of the tree. I know that is the case at my house, and I have been cleaning these gutters out by hand for years, but I am tired of it and I know that there are better options out there. So I am going to learn more about what can be done to prevent clogs in gutter systems, and the costs of installing a guard or shield that can go over the top of a gutter, in order to prevent stuff from getting down in there and potentially building up until there is a clog in the system.
I like my gutters when they are functional, as they direct the water off of my house into areas I want it to go, as opposed to it all sheeting off of the roof and creating erosion and a mess around the edges of the roof. I had these gutters installed about a decade ago, and ever since then, I have had to clean out the gutters to prevent, or get rid of clogs that form from debris building up in there. It is mostly leaves that cause my problem, but I am sure that other things can clog gutters, depending on your yard and what is located nearby to your house.
Anyway, I am not sure if guards for gutters existed when I bought these gutters initially, but if they did, then I should have researched the subject more and got them installed from the start. Because I have sure hated to clean these gutters out, it is a messy job and it is also unpleasant work to say the least.