Blog What You Should Know About Gutter Strainers August 17, 2022August 18, 2022Jeremy Kelseygutter For many homeowners, gutter strainers have been a go-to solution for filtering leaves and twigs out of gutters. These strainers are quick and easy to install because of their simple design. Manufacturers may also use a smaller mesh size to filter out debris more effectively. But are they a reliable option? Continue reading to learn more about gutter strainers. What Are Gutter Strainers? Gutter strainers prevent leaves and twigs from entering the gutter system. They’re usually made from copper, steel, or aluminum. They can be designed to have dense, thick meshes to keep out leaves and even small animals or thinner ones to filter smaller debris. Advantages of Gutter Strainers Gutter strainers are more affordable than gutter guards. Thick woven wire meshes cost less than gutter guard systems and are easier to find in hardware stores because they are common solutions for protecting gutters. Disadvantages of Gutter Strainers Gutter strainers may look durable but cannot filter large amounts of debris and leaves. Leaves could still get trapped around them, which could block water upstream. Over time, the leaves and debris that enter your gutters will create sludge once they come in contact with rainwater. Simply put, gutter strainers aren’t effective in keeping all kinds of dirt and debris out of your gutter system. Why Use Gutter Helmet®? Installing an advanced gutter guard system over your existing gutters effectively filters out leaves, twigs, pine needles, and micro-sized debris, ensuring that rainwater flows freely through your gutters. It can also protect your gutters from small animals. If you want the best gutter guard system for your home, Gutter Helmet® has you covered. Our gutter protection systems are made from high-quality materials and guaranteed to last for several years. Call (800) 824-3772 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.