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There are numerous gutter protection products, so many that it can seem overwhelming. From gutter fillers to reverse curve technology, it can be difficult to decide what is best for your home. There are many things to consider when investing in the correct gutter guard. In this short blog, we aim to clear up the confusion, give examples of types of gutter guards, and why you should consider gutter screens on your home!
Before discussing the difference between gutter guards vs gutter screens it is important to understand the type of gutter guards that are on the market. Gutter guards first conception took advantage of the fact that water will adhere to a surface through surface tension, this function later became known as “reverse curve” technology. Essentially a metal piece would be affixed onto the gutter and a curve near the edge of the gutter guard was made. This in theory allowed for water to enter the gutter but debris to fall off the gutter guard.
This product worked for a time but soon homeowners realized that leaves and debris would still get into the gutter, as well the product required full removal of gutters and installation of the whole system. Consumers found this cumbersome and expensive. New developments were made as contractors began to come out with their own version of this tech. Some were made of plastic, some could be affixed without replacing the gutter but all of them attempted to function in the same way. It wasn’t until screens were introduced into the market that great advancements began to be made.
Gutter screens allowed for the original gutters to remain on the home and produced the most consistent results at a cheaper price! The technology that developed focused on making a strong frame that could be manufactured easily while maximizing water throughput. The screens openings became smaller until where we are today where the openings are less than 50 microns. The screens also were developed to be made from surgical grade stainless steel. So, in regard to which is better, gutter guards vs gutter screens? Here is a detailed comparison of gutter guards and gutter screens & tips on how to choose the right one for your home.
Gutter guards such as contractor brands, reverse curve and gutter fillers all have the same flaw, they continue to allow small debris to enter the gutter over time. When this happens, as the old saying goes, “out of sight out of mind” and homeowners realize that their gutters became damaged because debris was allowed to sit inside the gutters for too long. Gutter screens are the only systems proven to prevent ALL debris from entering the gutter.