Gutter Guard Styles – Which is Best for Your Home?
Not all gutter guard types are created equal. Below, our Waukesha roofers have covered the most common gutter guard styles, including a variety of deciding factors, such as ease of installation, cost, materials and more.
|Gutter Guard Screens||*Wire Mesh|
|*Ideal for keeping out leaves and larger debris|
*Holds up well
|*Smaller debris like seeds, pine needles, maple seed helicopters, twigs & leaf stems can slip through and/or clog areas of the screen|
*Larger debris can remain on top of the screen – blocking portions of the screen
|*Occasional (debris can become entangled resulting in plugged areas of the gutter guard.|
*Cleaning may be challenging as it can require gutter guard removal in clogged areas.
*Raindrop Gutter Guard Systems
|Micro Mesh Gutter Guards||*Plastic|
|*Block large and small debris, including shingle particles|
|*High volume water run-off may occur during heavy rains |
*Pollen, dirt and sap can collect in micro mesh gutter guards and reduce the amount of water that can pass through.
*Can be damaged by heavy branches, ice and snow
*Can develop “sludge” that must be cleaned/removed
*Easy to blow or brush clean
|Hybrid Gutter Guards||*Plastic|
|*Keeps large and small debris out of gutters|
*Prevents moss and gutter tree/plant growth
|*Large and small debris may sit atop the gutter guards, requiring occasional blow-off|
|*Infrequent||*Amerimax Home Products
|Gutter Guard Covers||*PVC|
|*Helps keep large and small debris out of gutters|
|*Debris & snow can rest on top of the gutter covers|
|*Occasional (may need to brush off tops of gutter covers)||*Amerimax Home Products
*E-Z Products/E-Z Gutter Guards/Midwest Enterprises, Inc.
|Foam Gutter Guards||Foam (polyether)||*Blocks large debris from entering gutters|
|*Debris remains on top of foam gutter guards, while water passes through|
*Dirt, pollen, shingle debris can clog the pores, resulting in water overflow
*Moisture retained in foam gutter guards can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.
*Can promote moss, gutter tree and plant growth
*Usually shrinks, crumbles, decompresses or disintegrates within a couple years
*Cleaning can be challenging as debris must be removed from atop the foam gutter guards.
*Small debris is difficult to clear from pores.