Blog Summer Storms Are No Match for Gutter Helmet® May 16, 2017July 14, 2017Jeremy KelseyFeatured Articles, Gutter Helmet® Is your home adequately prepared for the high winds, torrential downpours and hail that summer storms can bring? One of the most important components of your home’s protection against the elements is your gutter protection system. There are many reasons Gutter Helmet® consistently earns the best gutter guard reviews in the industry, but one of the most significant factors is the product’s heavy-duty mounting brackets, which can withstand up to 22 inches of rain per hour. The Importance of Mounting Brackets The mounting brackets on a gutter guard system need to be strong enough to handle three crucial responsibilities: Provide support for your existing gutters. Keep the gutter guards securely attached to your system in all kinds of weather, including high winds and strong rainfall. Handle heavy weight from ice, snow, and debris that might fall onto your gutters, such as tree branches and leaves. Why Gutter Helmet® Is A Cut Above the Rest The technology and science behind Gutter Helmet are what have enabled the product to remain the top gutter protection service in the industry since it first hit the market 30 years ago. Here are the reasons why alternatives to Gutter Helmet simply aren’t up to the task: Screen Filter: A screen filter is a type of gutter protection system that relies on your gutters’ existing hangers for support rather than being securely attached to your system with its own brackets. Screen filters might work for a while, but they aren’t strong enough to withstand weight from snow and ice, and can come detached in strong storms. Combined Gutter/Gutter Protection System: This is a special type of gutter that features a built-in protection system—thus eliminating the need to install separate gutter guards. While it sounds like a great idea at first, this device has a critical failure: it relies on plastic brackets for support. When these brackets inevitably crack, you’ll have to replace the entire run of your gutter, a significant expense. Solid-Panel Gutter Cover: Gutter Helmet is a solid-panel gutter cover—in fact we were the first to come up with this innovative design! But other solid-panel designs rely on screws to attach the gutter cover to the gutter, rather than using mounting brackets like Gutter Helmet. Research has shown that these screws are able to hold less than half the weight of Gutter Helmet’s mounting brackets, making them far less reliable. Gutter Helmet’s heavy-duty mounting brackets enable the product to support 85 pounds of weight. Unlike other gutter protection systems, which put added weight and strain on your existing gutters because of the way they’re attached to your system, Gutter Helmet is designed to put that extra weight on your roof. This way, rather than burdening your gutters, it actually reinforces them. With summer on the horizon, now is the time to make sure your gutters are adequately prepared for heavy storms. Call us today at (800) 824-3772 to learn more about Gutter Helmet.