There are a lot of companies out there selling gutter protection systems. We understand that with so many different products on the market, it might be difficult to choose the best gutters for your home and the best contractor to install them.
Below are answers to the common questions that homeowners have about gutters and gutter protection systems. If you have a question that isn't listed here, feel free to call us at 1-844-385-7709 and we'll be glad to answer any questions you might have.
In some states, code requires that new buildings have roof gutters to prevent the buildup of leaves and debris. While it's not required everywhere, you should consider a gutter protection system to help protect your home from problems associated with clogged gutters.
If you have trees that dump debris into your gutter, some kind of protection is necessary. If you ignore your clogged gutters, you will spend much more money on roof, foundation and wall repairs. Proper gutters are critical to maintaining your home’s weatherproof exterior.
There are several other benefits to installing gutter guards:
Contrary to popular belief, there simply is no such thing as a "one size fits all" solution. The first thing you have to realize is that we are in fact talking about two separate and distinct products.
Make sure you know the difference and make sure you know what is included with the price you are being quoted.
You see, the truth of the matter is that gutters are a lot more complicated than people think. You have to look at roof angles, pitch, water volume, the length of the run and much, much more. A gutter that works great on one home might be a disaster waiting to happen on another.
Beware any company that only sells one type of gutter.
You have to understand that most gutter installation companies only offer one choice of gutters, because that is the product they are told to sell with their "protection system." The problem with this scenario is that the customer, meaning you, is being forced to match their needs to a specific product instead of having the product matched to their needs. That is why we sell different gutter systems. Because you need options. It's the only way you are going to guarantee that you are going to get a solution that works best for you and your budget.
Bottom Line: Don't overspend on a system you don't want and don't need.
Most gutters and gutter protection systems fall into a couple of broad categories: metal, plastic/ vinyl, and filters or hoods.
Vinyl gutters and gutter protection systems come in a wide range of different designs. Unfortunately, there are a number of serious drawbacks to vinyl:
On a side note, there is a relatively "new" product on the market… gutter stuffers. This new system consists of pre-formed and pre-cut "sponge" like material that you shove "into" your gutter.
Here are a few reasons why you should never use these types of products:
Isn't the whole point of getting leafless gutters is to not to ever have to clean them again?
There is no issue installing flashing under your shingles. In fact, that’s what (good) roofers do in the first place. Unfortunately, not all roofers are "good" roofers. If you have any doubts about this, please see the largest shingle manufacturer in the country talking about the importance of drip edge flashing in their installation guide.
That is why MasterShield® is actually designed to have built-in drip edge flashing for the benefit and protection of your roof.
But while many "salespeople" are willing to flex the truth in order to sell you a product, there is in fact something they are not telling you.
Simply stated, you do not want someone putting an extremely rigid, inflexible product under the leading edge of your roof. Doing so causes stress and strain (and potential leaking and breakage) on your roof itself because it must “give in” to whatever that rigid object is.
Bottom Line: There are many examples of very bad installation practices throughout the gutter protection industry. The reason for this—in my experience—is because so many companies ruthlessly cut labor costs by hiring unskilled and untrained day laborers. The reality is that most companies sub contract the installation of their systems, which results in very poor quality control because, by definition, the installers don’t even work for the company you bought the product from. This is especially true if you are buying a product from a "big-box" retailer.
That’s why MasterShield is installed only by trained, in-house crews.
If you can see an opening, then small debris can get through. Leaves, pine needles and oak tassels will sneak inside. This debris will remain hidden somewhere near or over your downspout and will clog your gutters.
Unlike our competitors, MasterShield® uses an actual microscopic filter to separate liquids from solids. As a result, MasterShield will never let anything but water into your gutter, because it is a true "closed system."
This is just one of the many reasons why we back it with our no clog 100% money back Guarantee.
We guarantee that a gutter protected by MasterShield won't clog. If it does, we’ll replace it or refund you your money. If the clog causes damage to your home and you have to file a claim, we’ll refund your insurance deductible, up to $1,500.
Unlike some other systems, we don’t just promise to clean your gutter in the event of product failure, we promise a gutter that won’t clog. Our warranty comes direct from the manufacturer and is transferable if you should sell your home.