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Why Some Gutter Guards Fail

By March 28, 2017October 18th, 2023No Comments

There is a reason why Gutter Helmet® has the best gutter guard reviews of all the products on the market: because it features innovative technology that doesn’t just reduce clogging, but actually prevents it altogether. Other types of gutter protection systems, like a leaf filter, are only partially effective and will eventually fail.


In today’s post, we’ll explain why the technology of most gutter guards is inferior to Gutter Helmet, and how Gutter Helmet uses a science-based design to provide effective, lasting protection against gutter clogs.

What’s Wrong With Other Gutter Guards?

Most gutter guards use a system of perforated holes or tiny slits to filter water into a gutter and reduce the amount of leaves, pine needles and other debris that enter the system. While these gutter screens are better than having no protection at all, they’re really only delaying the inevitable. Why? Because anything with holes is vulnerable to clogs. Think about it: even a HEPA filter on a vacuum will eventually get clogged and need to be replaced.

Even gutter guards made of fine, stainless steel mesh will eventually become clogged. In fact, the smaller the openings on your gutter guard, the more vulnerable it is to clogging! Spring brings an invasion of yellow pollen, with particles small enough to penetrate even the tiniest holes in a gutter guard and clog the system. That’s why a gutter guard that relies on a screen or mesh to protect your gutters is inherently flawed.

Why Gutter Helmet® Works

Unlike most gutter protection technologies, Gutter Helmet does not rely on holes to filter out water. In fact, it has no holes at all. It features a patented nose-forward design that water clings to through the principle of surface tension, so it curls around the lip and flows smoothly into your gutter. Debris falls over the nose-forward gutter guard and down to the ground.

Gutter Helmet’s innovative technology includes these features:

  1. Nose-Forward Design. This is Gutter Helmet’s answer to the flawed screen or mesh-based technology of other gutter protection systems. The nose-forward gutter cover extends over the edge of your gutter. This means that leaves, pine needles and other debris will be directed off the cover onto the ground, while water flows into the gutter.
  2. Ribbed, Textured Surface. Relying on the principle of surface tension, precipitation clings to the ribbed surface of Gutter Helmet, flowing into your gutter, while debris is channeled away. This technology enables Gutter Helmet to withstand up to 22 inches of rain per hour, more than twice the highest-ever recorded amount in the United States.
  3. PermaLife™ Finish. This coating protects Gutter Helmet from fading, corrosion and chalking from exposure to the elements, preserving the product’s sleek appearance for many years.

Contact Us

Still have questions about how Gutter Helmet works to protect your gutters from clogs? Our sales representatives will be happy to help. Call us today at (800) 824-3772 to learn more, or to request a free quote.