What makes it stand out from any other mesh gutter guard? – Part One
The gutter guard market is flooded with many alternatives to Leaf Solution. In our last article written about guards, we talked about the overall differences in mesh guard designs and all other guard designs. Entertaining any other gutter guard design other than a mesh guard will leave a homeowner kicking himself or herself. They cannot perform nearly as well. We are taking our time to sift out the rest of the mesh guards to resolve the reasons that makes Leaf Solution our choice when we install guards and sell them to a customer.
Mesh guards are not all created equally. In reality, mesh guards are relatively new having only appeared as early as 2002 or 2003. There hasn’t even been enough time to really test out the warranties and longevity of the no-clog claims. When it comes to the best performing guard, Leaf Solution offers the best contributing factors that favors it in predictable delivery on those warranties.
- Material – stainless steel mesh and substructure
- Design – large micromesh surface with dips and under-mesh grid support
- Installation – installed under the shingles and secured to the front
- Construction – micromesh surrounded with a structure of rigid steel
In this rendering, we see several of the elements present in the guards design and installation. The dips slow the water down and create a siphon effect on the water flow. The mesh prevents the finest of debris including pine needles. The slanted install resists debris from piling on the gutter.
As we discuss Leaf Solution, we will see how the 4 points tie together. Our discussion about other guards and gutter materials we have used over the years will demonstrate our experience with gutter material. We will also show how our experience with clogged gutters has taught us key weather elemental impact on the guards. Finally, our experience in the installation process will demonstrate the reasons behind our support of the Leaf Solution guard.
Brothers Gutters have been installing various materials throughout the years including many different guards. Our experience in this has taught us:
- Material Nobility – we cannot have competing alloys coming into contact with each other or the more noble alloy will be destroyed.
- Guard Failure – we have installed many guards in our past that have just failed and through that we have caught on to what is important.
Our clogged gutter experience is just as important as our installation experience. We learned some valuable lessons and they were sometimes quite costly. Since the introduction of Leaf Solution we have slowly been moving away from all alternatives to mesh guards. What we have experienced is:
- Guard Integrity – no gutter guard is designed with the intent of enabling it to be cleaned. Removing the guard removes a great deal of integrity leaving it vulnerable to high winds.
- Debris – will collect on top of any guard. Some guards cannot perform under heavy rains if the debris pile is not managed.
- Cave In – when harsh winters hit, the guard is susceptible to cave-ins from compiling snow and ice. The guard has to be strong enough to prevent this.
- Water Runoff – happens when the guard cannot handle torrential rainfall and the water overshoots the guard.
The installation process will expose a lot of the hidden evidence that most homeowners may never see. Our experience has educated us to see beyond the flashy presentations to the heart of the performance. Our installation process will reveal:
- Guard strength – gutters come in all sizes requiring guards to be cut to size sometimes leaving small sections of guard installed. These guards can suffer a loss of strength when shortened.
- Roof pitch – roofs can have very steep pitches causing guards to flex or push up the roof shingles. Both scenarios will result in failure.
- Gutter design – not all gutters have straight runs. Some are joined with miters creating a corner that can act as a debris collection site.
Any manufacturer can parade their product into the social media or video blog arena and demonstrate the best their guard offers. Showing a mesh guard defeating a guard of any other design is one of the easiest demonstrations. What we want to expose are the weak areas of mesh guards. Through this demonstration, we will see the difference. Follow our multi-part blog as we discuss all the factors contributing to our decision to recommend Leaf Solution as the best mesh guard.