Gutter Guard Systems – Which is the Best for Your Home?

If you’re reading this, you probably loathe the idea of climbing up on a ladder and scraping grimy, scummy debris out of your gutters twice (or more) per year. You’re hoping that you can find a product that will save you from this despicable task.

Here’s some great news: there are several gutter guard systems which can address this problem!

Types of Gutter Guard Systems

In fact, there’s no shortage of gutter guard systems in the marketplace, but they accomplish their goals in different ways. You can go to any home improvement store and buy some mesh gutter guards, which are made out of soft metal and packaged in strips or rolls. These either fit snugly into gutters or are attached with tape or small screws.

Many hardware stores and building supply warehouses sell vented or slotted gutter guards, which usually come in five-foot rectangular sections fashioned from aluminum, steel, or similar sturdy metals. Most of these products lay on top of the gutters and either snap over the outer lip and/or squeeze under the roofline shingles and are affixed to the inner edge of the gutter.

And then there are the gutter cover systems, which are usually installed by professionals. These comprehensive systems tend to cover almost the entire gutter opening, except for a small space to allow runoff water to enter.

How Gutter Guard Systems Work

The mesh, vented, and slotted gutter guards all take the same approach: they allow water in through openings which are small enough to keep leaves, pine needles, twigs, and particulates out of the gutters. However, many of these products don’t attempt to do anything with the solid debris, so it just sits on top of the gutters. If enough debris accumulates, it can block the holes in the gutter guards — and the runoff water simply flows over the roofline and onto the ground.

In contrast, the complete gutter cover systems are generally more durable and function a bit differently. They are designed to repel all solid debris while letting the water “cling” to the gutter cover surface and run down through a slot into the gutter. Therefore, the debris falls to the ground, keeping the surface of the gutter guard clear and allowing water to flow smoothly into the gutters.

How Gutter Guards are Installed

The slotted, vented, and mesh gutter guards are intended to target the do-it-yourself market because they don’t take much time to install. But if they aren’t installed incorrectly, they won’t function properly. And because of their materials, they really aren’t designed to last more than a few years (or even less) — meaning that you’ll have to replace them again before long.

Professionally-installed gutter guard systems are put up by trained contractors who have experience in doing the job right. And their sturdier makeup is intended to last decades instead of years; so you can fix the problem once and then forget about it.

Your Best Choice

Gutter Helmet is a comprehensive gutter guard system that is installed by certified Moonworks professionals. And the best thing about Gutter Helmet is that it comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you’ll never need to clean your gutters again. With Gutter Helmet, you can say goodbye to getting dirty, wasting leisure time, and putting yourself at risk of injury due to ladder falls. So what are you waiting for? Contact Moonworks today for a free estimate!

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