Which gutter guard is right for you?

The best gutter protector to represent would keep your customer's gutters clean and free flowing. The best gutter guard to sell would require no servicing or maintenance the installing contractor (you) except for gutters knocked down by storms. Any servicing of the best gutter guard could easily be done from the ground by the homeowner. The best gutter guard would last your customer more than twenty years. The best gutter cover business is discovered when you find a product that meets this criteria.

One would believe that dozens of gutter guards would live up to these expectations, yet that is not the case. Truth is that most gutter guards installed eat your profit by needing routine maintenance to keep your customers happy. I mean do you think your customers will be happy having to call you routinely to maintain their gutters? Will they be the type of homeowner to recommend relatives and neighbors to you?

Just how do you choose the best gutter cover to sell and represent? Do you go by price? Is it the size of the manufacturer? Maybe design? Maybe by simplicity of installation? Or is it warranty?

To pick out the right gutter protector you do not go by size of the company, warranty, ease of installation or price. The answer is that you go by the design of the gutter guard to find the best gutter cover to sell.

First I suggest avoiding dispersal units as they do not disperse rain water in slow rain falls creating a rut all around the home. Likewise stay away from flip and clean systems as they warp and the hangers freeze. Like the plague avoid detachable downspouts as they are not gutter guards and they do not keep the gutters from clogging at inside and outside joints.

Filters or screens of any kind should be eliminated from consideration. Dozens of different types exist. Basic ones are inexpensive made of plastic or metal and have various size openings with or without hinges. Some are made of surgical stainless steel micro mesh. One goes inside the gutter as a nylon mesh. One is a spiral brush. With the simple types enough debris gets into the gutter to clog it as well as clog the top of the screen and keep water from getting into the gutter. The over priced ones may not let debris into the gutter but the debris will accumulate on top of the gutter guard to the point that after a couple of years the debris has to be physically removed. A telescopic pole and brush is recommended by one manufacturer to clean the tops of the mesh gutter screen. The problem is that the homeowner can not see the tops of the micro mesh. And since the debris accumulates on top of the mesh it is out of sight. The reality is that what is out of sight is out of mind.

No worry. There are still dozens of other products from which to choose. But before we go on, the single fin or rounded nose type with a solid top is to be avoided. The basic ones are clipped to the gutter which dislodge and will require you to service them. However, most of these gutter guards do not dislodge. To see a basic design of a low end gutter protector Google "Niagara gutter guard". The solid top is a plus but leaves and blossoms in heavy debris conditions accompanies the rain water over the rounded front nose or fin of the gutter guard and stick to lower section of the gutter cover gutter cover where the leaves and blossoms of any size can go into the gutter. The bottom line is that in medium to heavy debris conditions these gutter guards need servicing which requires them to be taken off the gutter so the gutter and the downspouts can be cleaned. Recognizing the basic problems with this basic design an improvement was made to add a trough to the bottom of the fin to keep large debris from going into the gutter. This trough, however, is located below the upper gutter lip meaning that the debris is stuck there. Reality is that sufficient debris passes through the openings in this trough which is really a variation of a screen with large openings, and clogs the gutters. Clogging also happens in the trough too. Another variation is the basic Niagara type of gutter guard with small sieve openings in its top making it a screen hybrid. This is not the best leaf guard to sell as in mild to heavy debris conditions you will be constantly needing to service it.

What can be done to improve the design? The answer is that the openings have to be limited in size and above the gutter lip. A step up from the rounded nose would be a gutter guard with one row of openings in the vertical front surface located just under the rounded nose. Louvers are located in the apertures to get the water into the gutter. If you Google "Care-free solid top gutter protector" you will see an example of this design. Over the basic rounded nose or fin it is a definite improvement. The largest size debris is three fourths of an inch that can get through the Care-Free gutter protector. But look at the juncture where it meets the gutter. Any small debris falling onto the gutter lip can also wash into the gutter. This design is definitely a great design to offer as a good gutter guard for medium debris conditions but it is not the best gutter guard to represent.

Many homeowners will not require the best gutter cover so this design could be offered to your customers for a few dollars less than the best gutter guard. So how can the design of the Care-Free gutter guard be improved?

If we could find a leaf guard with two rows of louvers we would have a solution. Likewise an improvement would also be to not have any apertures at or below the gutter lip. If you Goggle, "Waterloov gutter guards" you will find an example of this design. You can see another design if you Google "Number One Gutter Protector". Two rows of louvers are common to both designs which exclude anything sufficient in size to clog the gutter inside. No openings are located at the gutter lip of either product.

How about maintenance? Any debris that may accumulate on the surface of the louvers is easy to see and likewise easy to remove by the homeowner. In comparison to the micro mesh screens, there is no guessing where the debris might be accumulating. Where the debris is collecting with either the single or double row louvered gutter protectors is highly visible and with a telescopic pole and brush assembly, long enough to reach two and a half stories (longer ones available), the debris can easily be knocked of the front surface of the leaf guard.

In summary the two row louvered design is the best leaf guard to represent. It is easily maintained by the homeowner. This basic double row louvered product has lasted over twenty years meaning that your profits stay in your pocket making this the best type of gutter guard business opportunity.

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About The Author

 Richard Kuhns B.S.Ch.E. Engineer and inventor of
good gutter guards: www.niagaraguttercover.com,
better gutter guards:www.carefreegutters.com,
and the best gutter guards:www.Waterloov.com and www.NumberOneGutterProtector.com