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Gutter Protection Breakdown

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From DIY to Professionally installed systems -- there are endless options to gutter protection. If you have just started your research regarding gutter guards, you may have found that not all gutter protection systems are created equal.

Let's take a look at what type of debris can get into your gutters with certain gutter protection systems:

DIY gutter systems are relatively inexpensive systems that are installed by the homeowner. You can find them at the big home improvement stores. While cost-effective and convenient to purchase, homeowner solutions are mass produced and usually do not include any type of warranty. Usually, these types of systems will need to be replaced within a few years.

Foam Gutter Guards: Foam gutter guards are a homeowner solution that is relatively inexpensive. Unfortunately, foam gutter guards will trap seeds, and with the abundance of moisture, weeds, plants and trees will begin to grow where they shouldn’t – in your gutters.

Gutter Brush: Brush gutter guards are known to be an inexpensive short-term solution that homeowners can install themselves. The brush is placed into the gutters and is shaped like a giant pipe cleaner. These types of systems will eventually need to be removed and cleaned in order to prevent home damage.

Metal Screen Guards: The DIY metal screen product is made out of steel or aluminum. These types of systems are relatively low cost and easy to install by the homeowner. It’s important to note that because of their larger openings, these types of gutter guards will not keep out smaller debris like pine needles, seeds, insects and shingle grit.

Plastic Screen Guards: Plastic screen gutter guards are similar to metal screen options because they have wide openings. With the presence of larger openings, pine needles, leaves, seeds, dirt and insects will still enter and clog your gutters.

Small Hole Gutter Guards: With small hole gutter guards, debris such as pine needles, shingle grit, seed pods, and dirt will enter your gutter, making these types of gutter guard inefficient.

Professionally installed gutter guards are typically more of an investment than homeowner-installed options. These types of professional gutter protection systems have better clog protection and will last longer than the DIY options.

Louver Gutter Guards: Although larger debris won’t find its way into your gutters, smaller items like leaves, pine needles, seed pods, pests, insects and shingle grit can enter and clog your gutters.

Reverse Curve Gutter Guards: These type of systems feature a rounded hood that covers your gutters. With a large channel opening, small items will enter your gutter system.

Micromesh Gutter Guards: Micromesh gutter guards are typically made of two main parts: an ultra-thin mesh material and a sturdy supporting frame. A micromesh filter is the best gutter guard on the market.

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Gutter Protection Breakdown

  1. 1. The debris Mold Pests Maple Spinners Pine Cones Dirt Birds Insects Seeds Plants Seed Pods Shingle Grit Leaves Pine Needles Trees Bees Weeds
  2. 2. DIYGUTTER SYSTEMS
  3. 3. A homeowner installed solution, this is a foam or sponge material that is placed inside your gutters, with the intent of allowing water to drip through while keeping debris out. Unfortunately, foam gutter guards will trap airborne dirt and seeds, and vegetation such as weeds, plants, and trees will grow with the abundance of moisture held in the foam, making this gutter guard an ineffective solution. Dirt Seeds Weeds Plants Trees Leaves MoldDEBRIS FOAM
  4. 4. ATTRACT THE MOST FOAMGUTTER GUARDS MOLD
  5. 5. GUTTER BRUSH Brush gutter guards are known to be an inexpensive, short-term solution that homeowners can install themselves. These types of gutter guards are shaped like large pipe cleaners and are meant to repel debris. However, brush gutter guards are known to actually attract birds and other nesting animals, and trap large and small items such as pine cones, leaves, maple spinners and pine needles in your gutters. Pine Cones Leaves Maple Spinners Pine Needles Birds Shingle Grit InsectsDEBRIS
  6. 6. ATTRACT THE MOST BRUSHGUTTER GUARDS PINENEEDLES
  7. 7. This DIY product is typically made out of steel or aluminum. Their low cost and easy to install appeal make them a common choice for homeowners looking for a DIY gutter guard option. As a result of the larger openings, smaller debris items, anything that is about the size of a dime, can enter and clog your gutters. Pine Needles Seeds Insects Mold Leaves Shingle Grit Maple SpinnersDEBRIS METAL SCREEN
  8. 8. ATTRACT THE MOST METALSCREEN GUTTER GUARDS MAPLE SPINNERS
  9. 9. Although plastic screen gutter guards are easy to find and inexpensive, with their wide openings, it’s nearly impossible to keep gutters clog-free. Almost every type of debris can enter into a plastic screen gutter guard including leaves, pine needles, seeds and insects. A plastic screen gutter guard is a low end solution and is not always the best option for homeowners looking for reliable gutter guards. Pine Needles Seeds Insects Mold Leaves Shingle Grit Maple Spinners DirtDEBRIS PLASTIC SCREEN
  10. 10. ATTRACT THE MOST PLASTICSCREEN GUTTER GUARDS LEAVES
  11. 11. Small hole gutter guards address clog concerns since many small items are still able to make their way into your gutters. Pine needles, shingle grit, seed pods, and dirt will enter your gutter, making these types of gutter guards an unreliable gutter protection system. In fact, homeowners will routinely have to remove these gutter guards in order to clean out the debris that is trapped inside the gutters. DEBRIS Pine Needles Seed Pods Mold Shingle Grit Dirt SMALL HOLE
  12. 12. ATTRACT THE MOST SMALLHOLE GUTTER GUARDS SHINGLE GRIT
  13. 13. PROGUTTER SYSTEMS
  14. 14. Professionally installed louver systems feature a large opening that runs the entire length of the gutter guard. Though larger debris won’t find its way in, small items such as pine needles, pests, insects and smaller debris can easily make their way inside your gutters causing them to clog. Louver gutter protection installers also make no promise that their gutter guards prevent ice damming. DEBRIS Leaves Pine Needles Seed Pods Pests Insects Shingle Grit Dirt LOUVER
  15. 15. ATTRACT THE MOST LOUVERGUTTER GUARDS SEED PODS
  16. 16. Reverse curve gutter guards feature a rounded hood covering for your gutter with a large opening or channel that runs along the entire front edge of the gutter guard. Reverse curve products rely on surface tension to work, and water is supposed to follow the path of the curve of the hood into your gutters. If water adheres to a curve, so will pine needles, leaves and other debris that will find their way into the open channel in the front of the reverse curve gutter guard and into your gutters and downspouts. DEBRIS Leaves Pine Needles Shingle Grit Dirt Insects Bees REVERSE CURVE
  17. 17. ATTRACT THE MOST REVERSECURVE GUTTER GUARDS BEES
  18. 18. Micro mesh gutter guards are typically made of two main parts: DEBRIS Nothing An ultra-thin mesh material. A supporting frame.1 2 MICROMESH
  19. 19. Depending on the brand and quality of the micro mesh gutter guard you are researching, the supporting frame can be made of multiple types of materials, from plastic to metal to uPVC. Despite the supporting frame of these types of gutter guards being manufactured out of different materials, they all do one thing similarly – create a completely sealed gutter system. That is what makes micro mesh gutter guards the #1 choice in gutter protection. NOT ALL MICROMESH GUTTER GUARDS ARE CREATED EQUAL
  20. 20. ATTRACT THE MOST MICROMESH GUTTER GUARDS WATER
  21. 21. LeafFilter™ is the only micro-mesh product on the market that does not install under your first row of shingles. Installing under your first row of shingles creates two problems: It voids your roof warranty. It can create a very steep slope to your gutter protection, causing serious water runoff. 1 2 LeafFilter™ is installed on your existing gutters, and is manufactured at an 11 degree pitch, which has been proven to be the perfect angle for maximum water collection and ensures that you do not experience any water runoff. LEAFFILTER™ ELIMINATES BOTH OF THESE ISSUES

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