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What Is Your Gutter Cover Made From? (And Why It Matters)

Like gutters, roof gutter guard systems come in many different materials and styles. However, what your gutter guards are made from makes a difference in how they work and how long they last. Different materials endure and work differently. Here are the most common materials you’ll find gutter protection products made from, and why they may or may not be a good option for your home.

What Is Your Gutter Cover Made From? (and Why It Matters)

Common Materials

The three most common materials you’ll find gutter protection made from are aluminum, lightweight metal or nylon mesh, and plastic. Each has its own drawbacks and benefits.

  • Aluminum – You can find many roof gutter guard systems made from aluminum. However, if they’re not finished with a high-grade paint, they may corrode or the paint color may fade. One benefit is that aluminum is lightweight, but how well it works depends on the design.
  • Metal mesh – Mesh style gutter covers come in both metal and nylon. They are inexpensive and easy to install. However, they become clogged easily as they are installed on top of the gutter. Depending on the opening size, this may allow smaller debris to pass through and clog the gutters. These are generally two inexpensive materials.
  • Plastic – One similarity between plastic gutter covers, no matter the design, is that they don’t age well. In cold environments, they may crack when subjected to freezing temperatures and ice, and in hot climates, the sun will age the plastic. If you’re in a cold region where heated gutter systems provide the benefit of reducing ice dams, you definitely don’t want plastic gutter covers.

Unusual Gutter Cover Materials

The two least common gutter cover materials are copper and foam. Copper isn’t used unless people have copper gutters and feel that they’ll clash if they’re not the same material. They are very expensive and some do work, depending on their design. On the other end of the spectrum is foam. This is the cheapest of all gutter protection materials. Simply put, it’s foam that can be cut to fit in your gutters. It clogs and damages easily.

Design Matters

It should be clear that the design of the gutter cover may make a bigger difference than the actual material. The patented design of Gutter Helmet® funnels debris over the edge of the gutter while the water flows into the gutter. These covers are made from heavy-gauge aluminum and finished with Kynar® paint system for a PermaLife™ finish. PermaLife stands up to pollutants, acid rain and even saltwater for a long-lasting finish that resists fading and corrosion. And if you need heated gutter systems, Gutter Helmet pairs perfectly with Helmet Heat® to help prevent ice dams.

If you’re looking at roof gutter guard systems and haven’t talked to your local Gutter Helmet installer, call (800) 824-3772 and we’ll connect you to the one nearest you. You can be assured that you’ll never have to clean your gutters again with our high-quality products and certified installers. Call or fill out our contact form today.



About Chelsea Welsh
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National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.