Gutter Protection

Gutter Helmet system installed on a shingle roof
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Why You Need Gutter Guards

Gutter Helmet® was an idea born in the 1960s with the goal of solving the problems created by high-maintenance gutter screens and perforated metal gutter guards – and many more. In 1981, “Never Clean Your Gutters Again®” was coined and since then, Gutter Helmet has become America’s #1 solution for issues related to gutters.

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The Benefits of Gutter Guards

Are you tired of the ongoing maintenance you have to do to keep your gutters clean and clog-free? Installing a gutter leaf guard is the ideal solution. Here are the top reasons to invest in a gutter guard.

1.   Save Money

Although the initial investment in a gutter splash guard may cause you some concern, the concept will pay for itself time and again with annual savings of time, energy and expense. With gutter guards, there is no need for regular gutter cleaning, which can be a dangerous and unpleasant task if you do it yourself, and expensive if you hire a gutter cleaning company to do it for you.

Gutter screens also add value to your home. Some of the most attractive selling points for homebuyers revolve around home improvements that reduce overall maintenance.

2.   Eliminate Maintenance

Some gutter protection solutions only stop large debris. Gutter Helmet’s patented system keeps water flowing freely while keeping out leaves, twigs, needles, and all kinds of debris that can cause extensive problems, especially if you’ve ignored them for an extended period of time. Because Gutter Helmet is so efficient at keeping gutters clear, you can permanently forget about climbing ladders and risking serious injury


Remember that unmaintained, unprotected gutters will eventually fail. Gutters are expensive; why let them deteriorate to the point that they need to be completely replaced?

3.   Protect Your Home

Ice dams compromising a roof gutter

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Without an adequate gutter protection system, water will quickly back up and cause leaks. Over time, it will also cause damage to the roof, walls, siding, masonry, cement, and landscaping. Water may also pool around the foundation, leading to basement flooding, bowed walls, and even a cracked foundation.

.4   Protect Yourself

Birds nested in a roof gutter

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Three Types of Gutter Guards

1.   Mesh Screens

Mesh screen gutter cover on a shingle roof

Mesh screens have been around since the beginning of the gutter guard industry. They range from simple plastic diamond grids that screw into your gutters, to technologically complex systems such as Leaf Filter™, which uses multiple screens. Mesh screens have one distinct advantage: cost. A trip to the hardware store and an hour on the ladder will likely get it installed for you.

Cleaning and maintenance is the pitfall of mesh screens. While they may be able to keep debris out of your gutters for a time, eventually the gutter screens will become clogged and you’ll have to clean them – which is more difficult than cleaning gutters in the first place.

2.   Perforated Metal

Perforated metal guards such as Leaf Relief® gutter guard fit under shingles and cover the gutter. This type of cover is effective at keeping out leaves, but not needles, pods and seeds. As small debris becomes stuck in the perforations and covers the trough created by the gutter guard, water is increasingly likely to overflow because it can’t get through to the gutter below.

3.   Nose-Forward Solid Gutter Guard

Gutter Helmet system rain flow illustration

Next is Gutter Helmet®, an innovative solid gutter cover with a nose-forward design. Gutter Helmet works using the principle of surface tension: water follows the nose into the gutter while debris slides right off the cover.

Gutter Helmet’s nose-forward design offers real advantages in terms of protecting and keeping your gutters clear, as well as keeping you off a ladder. It’s why, more than 30 years later, Gutter Helmet is America’s #1 choice in gutter protection. 

4 Decisions Before You Buy a Gutter and Gutter Guard

Gutter protection installed on a shingle roof

1. Type of Gutter: There are two kinds of gutter installations: sectional and seamless. Sectional gutters are inexpensive, but also much more prone to weaken and leak at the seams. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are welded only at the corners and downspouts. They’re stronger because they are made of a continuous piece of metal and are less likely to break or leak.

2. Material: Gutters are primarily made of vinyl, steel, aluminum and copper. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks; aluminum is the most commonly used gutter material because it is affordable, lightweight and resistant to corrosion. The best gutter guards are also constructed with high-quality materials.

Gutter professional installing new gutters

3. Installation: It’s crucial to choose a reputable contractor who genuinely cares about your home, your safety and your satisfaction. Count on Gutter Helmet’s factory-trained installers to be polite and professional as they complete your job efficiently, then leave your property better than they found it. Each certified installer has passed an independent background check and drug screen.

4. Guarantee: An outstanding warranty is of no consequence if it’s backed by an untrustworthy company. Gutter Helmet has been a pioneer and the acknowledged leader in the gutter guard industry for over 30 years. Our unwavering commitment to providing our customers the best possible service has helped us the title of “The First, The Best, The #1 Gutter Protection.”*

In the end, there are many things to consider when shopping around for gutters, gutter covers, and leaf guards. The important thing is to get information from a reliable source. Gutter Helmet strives to always provide our customers with the best possible experience. Check out our How It Works page to find out more about how our revolutionary product has helped countless homeowners throughout the country.

*Based on an August 2014 study.