A gutter cover, gutter hood, or gutter helmet can all be effective methods for deflecting leaves, acorns, pine needles and other debris that can choke downspouts. All do the job adequately.
The one major and significant difference between all types of gutter covers, gutter hoods and gutter helmets is this: Only one system, LeafGuard, is formed from a single piece of aluminum.
LeafGuard gutters have no gaps for water to leak through.
LeafGuard will not fail and collapse into the gutter bottom.
LeafGuard is not nailed, screwed or glued to your roof. It will not void your roof warranty.
A LeafGuard gutter's hood is an integral part of the gutter itself and the entire gutter attaches safely and securely to your fascia board.
LeafGuard has large 3 inch x 4 inch downspouts, which are larger than other downspouts and can carry water away from your roof and gutters more efficiently and quickly.
Most gutter covers, hoods, and helmets, channel water into the gutter through louvered slots or perforated openings designed to mount onto existing gutters. Of this type, most systems are retrofit products, which slide under the first or second course of shingles, or must be glued or nailed to the roof. These methods of attachment can void roof warrantees.
A LeafGuard one-piece gutter and cover have sturdy internal hangars, which attach directly to the fascia board, protecting your soffit, and preserving your roof, while keeping the gutter bottom clog-free.