If you have had your gutters professionally installed we are sure someone has tried to sell you gutter guards. The idea of never having to go up and clean your gutters or hire someone else to do it sounds great, but that’s only if they work. The Brothers are dedicated to using only the best products on the market. We read through several gutter guard reviews to help us make the best decision on which guard covers to use.
How To Properly Review A Gutter Guard
When it comes to a comprehensive gutter guard review, and analyzing what makes it a good product or not, start with basic functionality.
- Does it keep debris out of your gutter system? How about the smaller debris particles?
- Does it still allow for water to flow through the system into your gutters?
- Is it properly sealed to eliminate pests and debris from entering at the corners and/or ends of the system?
- How is it attached to the gutter? Is this method strong and efficient?
- Is there some sort of warranty or guarantee?
The answer to all these questions should be yes. If you believe the answer to any of these questions is no, then that is a pretty good starting place when reviewing/analyzing a guard’s effectiveness.
Mesh Guard Systems
Through our years of research and installing different guard products, we have found guards with a mesh design to be most effective. More recently, The Brothers that just do Gutters began installing a new product called One Gutter Guard. We asked one of our installers for some feedback on the product.
In this video, our installer goes through some of the features of One Gutter Guard that he likes including:
- The strength and design of the Chassis
- Interchangeable and removable screens
- Ability to create perfect seams
- Assortment of available designs to meet any home’s needs
- Stability and finished look of product
He also gets into some detail about the importance of installing One Gutter Guard on a solid base. In other words, the gutter system being installed needs to be sound and in working condition for the guard to perform to the best of its ability. Installing this guard on very old, or beat up gutters is not often recommended.
One Gutter Guard allows for customization through its interchangeable screens. There are also different available designs specific to installation requirements for your home. One Gutter Guard’s chassis adds strength to your gutter system, while creating multiple channels for the water to enter your gutter. The mesh screen options are extremely effective in keeping debris out of the gutter. They have different size options that are designed specifically for different debris and problem areas. See how One Gutter Guard is installed here.
Guards that specifically use a micro-mesh technology aid in keeping out the smaller particles like pine needles and roof dirt. Mesh systems with bigger holes are not as effective in keeping small particles out. Mesh guards, as opposed to micro-mesh guards, are better for pollen accumulations. The larger mesh holes allow for the pollen to flow through the system instead of clogging on top.
Even a great guard with a micro-mesh technology can be useless if it is not installed correctly. Making sure that there are no ends or corners left open and/or that the designed installation process is meant to create not only cohesive coverage, but strength, is key to the success of your guard. Our mesh gutter guards are (properly) installed by first screwing the front of the product to the lip of the gutter and then screwing the back to your fascia. This not only secures the guard, but strengthens your gutter and provides the ultimate protection again pests. Mesh gutter guards that are installed using glue, caulk, or a crimping method often fail and pull away over time when exposed to outdoor conditions.
When investing in products and workmanship on your home, it is important to have warranty options. By companies and products providing guarantees if you are not satisfied, they are showing that they stand behind their product. That they are confident in its ability to perform. Using a company having such confidence in their product speaks volumes, and should help a homeowner to also feel confident. We take gutter protection seriously here.
The industry is ever changing, which also means that the gutter guard reviews fluctuate as well. Here at Brothers Gutters we are vested in keeping ahead of the curve and staying up-to-date on the best products and practices. Rest assured that we are leading this industry for a reason. We take pride in our position in the market. To schedule a time to meet with one of our experts, contact us today.
At The Brothers that just do Gutters, we are continually researching new products to make sure that we are always offering the best materials available on the market to our clients. Recently, when doing this research, we found a new-to-market gutter guard unlike any we’ve seen before. By combining some of the best qualities from guards already on the market with research on the biggest complaints and flaws of a number of industry leading guards, our current guard manufacturer was able to create a unique and extremely effective design and solution.
CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR CHOICE OF GUTTER GUARD.