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Leaves will soon be falling from the trees … is your gutter system ready to fend them off? If the answer is no, now is the time to prepare by installing a proven gutter screen on your home. When it comes to gutter protection, you get what you pay for – which means the best guard guards, the ones that will truly keep you from cleaning your gutters ever again, require a significant upfront investment. You may be tempted to go the cheap route with a plastic gutter protection product. Here’s why these products are not only ineffective, but a waste of money.

Plastic Gutter Guard Fail: The Material

Plastic gutter protection comes in many forms. These include simple plastic mesh screens that snap into the gutter, slotted plastic guards, sponge or foam inserts, and a variety of other combinations of gutter screens and inserts. All of these products share one common shortcoming: they are made of plastic. After long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun, plastic will become brittle and prone to breakage. This eventually happens to all plastic products, despite some brands’ claims of UV resistance. In addition, the heavy weight of snow and ice can deform plastic covers, causing them to collapse into the gutter and rendering them useless because they will not fit properly again.

The Solution: A Durable Metal Helmet

The best gutter guards from Gutter Helmet® are made of solid metal for long-lasting, durable performance in any weather. Heavy rain, snow and ice are no match for this product. In addition to standing up to 85 pounds of weight, Gutter Helmet is designed to increase the life of your gutters. It is supported by a 48-gauge aluminum bracket with twin beams that transfer the weight of the helmet from your gutters to your roof. Unlike flimsy plastic products, it will remain solid and true for a lifetime without damaging the gutter system. You will never have to worry about cleaning your gutters again – much less cleaning the gutter cover! Gutter Helmet gutter guard reviews attest to the excellent performance of this system over the long haul. Make the smart choice: invest in a Gutter Helmet system with the Triple Lifetime Warranty.

To find out more about our innovative system that far outperforms any brand of foam or plastic gutter screen, call (800) 824-3772. A certified Gutter Helmet dealer would be happy to schedule an in-home consultation.

Read about Gutter Helmet compared to the micromesh gutter guard, the perforated metal guard, the one-piece covered gutter, the slotted gutter guard and the one-piece cover without the nose-forward design in previous installments of this series.

* The information contained herein is solely the opinion of Gutter Helmet® as based on our observations in the field of gutter installation, gutter protection and gutter maintenance.