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This is part of an ongoing series comparing Gutter Helmet® to its competitors.

There are numerous gutter protection systems available today, but how do you know which ones are effective? Investing in a gutter shield that costs several thousands of dollars but fails to function properly is not only frustrating and a waste of money, but also leaves you with the same problem you had before you started! It’s essential that you know how various gutter protection systems work prior to your purchase so you can choose the system that’s right for you.

Fail: One-Piece Construction

One-piece rain gutter protection consists of a gutter design with a hood built into the gutter itself. This makes installation convenient for the contractor who installs the gutter system. However, if the gutter becomes clogged, this one-piece design becomes a serious drawback: the hood can’t be taken off and cleaned or adjusted. In other words, it is virtually impossible to clean and maintain this gutter system other than complete replacement.

In addition, there is no science behind the surface of the one-piece system. It is roll-formed from standard aluminum gutter coil on the job site, so the nose of the guard must be scrubbed clean periodically to keep water flowing into the gutter. The one-piece covered gutter only works properly when it is clean – which means more maintenance for homeowners.

The Solution: An Adjustable Helmet with a Textured Surface

On the other hand, the Gutter Helmet® system has a patented textured and ribbed surface that increases water surface tension and tensile strength. Water clings to the front of the guard and flows into the gutter, even in the heaviest rainfall, snow loads and extreme winds. If your Gutter Helmet needs to be inspected or adjusted, a certified installer can do so without damaging or replacing the entire system. Get a quote on gutter guard installation today by calling Gutter Helmet at (800) 824-3772!

* 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.