Which Type Of Gutter Protection Should I Buy?

by HGExpo.com on 09/16/2015 - 02:01 pm

Category: Home Exteriors

By Matt Kaulig

President, LeafFilter Gutter Protection

Everyone agrees that gutters should be kept free of leaves and debris, but how to prevent them from clogging is not always clear-cut. There are many products on the market designed to keep debris out while capturing rainwater: screens filter debris from the water, inserts prevent debris from lodging in the gutters, and covers deflect debris.

From DIY installed screens to professionally installed gutter guards, there are pros and cons to each system, so understanding the difference will help homeowners select the best product for their home.

Bottle Brush

bottle brush gutter protection

One of the easiest types of gutter guards to install, it is inserted inside rain gutters from end to end. The stiff, cylindrical bristles face upward trapping debris on top, while letting the water flow unobstructed into your gutter downspouts. These types of gutter guards require some maintenance, as you may have to periodically lift the brushes out of the gutters and shake out the debris.


foam gutter guard installation

Usually made from a polyurethane material, this porous material fits into the gutter and blocks debris from clogging the gutters, while allowing water to drip through. This type of gutter guard is usually a DIY solution that requires some maintenance over the years.

Plastic Screen

plastic screen gutter guard

Ideal for winter weather, nylon gutter guards slip into your gutter and stop the entry and accumulation of snow and ice in the gutter. Nylon gutter guards do not need to be attached to the shingles.

Micro Mesh

micro mesh gutter guard

These stainless steel mesh sheets are filled with tiny holes that cover the gutter to sift out debris, while allowing the water to fall into the gutter. Micro mesh systems create a sealed gutter system preventing even the smallest shingle grit, pine needles, or even sand from getting through. These gutter guards are designed to provide clog-free gutters for the life of your home.

Reverse Curve

Reverse curve gutter guard on home

With a reverse curve system, the top of the gutters is sealed and water is directed downward into the gutter through a tiny slit. This system is designed so the water will follow the path of the curve into your gutters, while leaves and debris are pushed off the front edge.

Louvered Gutter Covers

Louver gutter guard

Also known as non-gutter covers, louvered gutter covers actually replace your gutters with a set of thin louvers that divert rain off the roof. This type of guard looks like a window blind, so it is ideal for homeowners who don’t want to have visible gutters and downspouts.

LeafFilter Gutter Protection is located at 1595 Georgetown Road, Hudson, Ohio 44236. For more information, call 440-536-9846 or visit LeafFilter.com. For reviews of LeafFilter products, visit LeafFilter Reviews.