Comparison Guide

Gutter Guard Comparison Guide

Questions to ask before installing gutter guards

If you've ever dealt with a clogged gutter, you know how much damage it can cause. From water in your basement to having to climb up on a ladder to clean them, gutter clogs can wreak havoc and be a hassle to deal with. Installing gutter guards is an easy way to put an end to your clogged gutters and constant gutter cleaning. But with so many options available, how can you choose the best gutter guards to protect your home?

Find out what makes MasterShield stand out among other gutter protection systems on the market.

Is it just a "leaf guard" or does it keep out other debris too?

Here's what we find clogging gutters (and gutter guards) in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Leaves
  • Pine Needles
  • Cedar “fronds”
  • Fir corns, pine cones, conifer seeds of all types
  • Shingle grit
  • Dirt
  • Pollen
  • Shingle oil
  • Atmospheric pollution (really, it comes down as brown sludge after a good rain)
  • Maple helicopters and deciduous seeds of all types
  • Fir needles

This list is by no means exhaustive. There's much more that we find clogging gutters and gutter guards, and MasterShield works on ALL of it - guaranteed.

Customer Reviews
  • By James S.
    Renton, WA
    "I've had so many home improvement contractors come through my home in the..."

    Customer Review

    By James S.
    Renton, WA

    I've had so many home improvement contractors come through my home in the last few years with all the work we've needed done and feel like I've seen it all - from the fast talking, high pressure guy to the clueless cheap guy to the under the table sleazy guys. The guys at Mastershield were a breath of fresh air. The initial appointment was very thorough, the estimator wasn't in a hurry and was able to answer all of my questions. Here's one for you - when I asked if these leafless gutters were perfect and never needed maintenance he was honest and said "no, nothing that is outside is completely maintenance free. It will need some attention perhaps every couple years but it's absolutely as good as it gets." All the other claimed their stuff was magic, even the ones that install flat so debris piles up.the installers were some of the most conscientious workers I've ever had do work for me. They took their time and also didn't mind my pestering them about details. They always had an answer for what and why.A+
  • By Wayne R.
    Mt. Lake Terrace, WA
    "Great job removing the old leaffilter gutter covers and installing..."

    Customer Review

    By Wayne R.
    Mt. Lake Terrace, WA

    Great job removing the old leaffilter gutter covers and installing MasterShield. Seems to be working well.
  • By Karen & Steve C.
    Kingston, WA
    "The crew reminds me of the work ethics of the 60s and 70s,not seen today."

    Customer Review

    By Karen & Steve C.
    Kingston, WA

    The crew reminds me of the work ethics of the 60s and 70s,not seen today.


What about the wet debris that slides off my roof?

Web debris covering roof and gutter

You might be asking yourself, "what happens to the wet, sloppy stuff that slides off my roof?" For most gutter guards, this is not discussed or thought about. Usually what happens is either it doesn’t slide off at all because it just sits there on top forming a barrier and keeping water out of your gutters, or it ends up all over the face of the gutter where you can see it. 


Does the system form a shelf where debris collects?

Debris collected on top of gutter cover

If the gutter guard isn't at a steep enough angle, then leaves, pine needles and other debris can collect on top of your roof and gutter, rather than sliding off to the ground. In other words, the gutter becomes a shelf where debris collects. This is a common problem with many types of foam gutter guards as well as some screen and mesh gutter covers. If the debris doesn't fall off on its own, eventually you'll have to climb a ladder to clean your gutters.


If the system is maintenance free, how does it clean itself?

This certainly relates to the angle of the guard shedding debris, but there’s a lot more to it than that. No matter how well you shed debris, there’s always going to be some particle size that could get wedged into the product somehow. Think about it – you get an infinite amount of junk of any infinite variety of sizes – how do you deal with a particle like pollen that could get stuck in a pore?


Will the installation of a gutter guard cause damage to my home?

There are questions you should ask about the installation process: How is this attached? How does it interact with the roof? Is there only one way to install this? What happens if the gutter is too high? Too low? At what angle is this guard designed to have water hit it? How much water does it handle? Is it rigid or flexible?


Does your company use subcontractors?

So many people seem to take this for granted these days, but if the actual work isn’t done by the company you hired but is instead farmed out to a low bidder whose name you don’t know and isn’t even responsible for your job – how much is that guy going to care about your satisfaction?


Can anything but water get into my gutters?

Wet dirt and leaves stuck inside gutter

Most gutter guard products do a good job of keeping out large leaves, but many fail to stop dirt and pine needles from getting into the gutters. The purpose of gutter guards is to prevent clogged gutters and stop the need for frequent gutter cleaning. If your gutters fill up with dirt and pine needles, your gutters are likely to clog.


Do I need to worry about galvanic corrosion of dissimilar metals?

Corroded gutter

Galvanic corrosion occurs when two different metals are touching in the presence of an electrolyte, causing one of the metals (the anode) to corrode faster than it would alone, and the other metal (the cathode) to corrode much slower. There are at least 50 products on the market that suffer from this and they all fuse together after a short life. There are ways that gutter manufacturers can prevent this, such as avoiding contact between dissimilar metals or using non-metallic, non-conductive coatings.


What's the guarantee?

Most gutter guard companies will promise to clean your gutters when they clog. With our gutter guard warranty from MasterShield, we promise that if your MasterShield-protected gutters ever clog, the system will be replaced or you'll get your money back!


Choose MasterShield for guaranteed clog-free protection

You want a gutter guard that's going to keep your gutters free of clogs so you don't have to worry about cleaning them or worry about water damage. MasterShield is a micro-mesh gutter guard, made of high-quality aluminum and surgical-grade stainless steel. MasterShield’s multi-patented microfiltration technology and strong yet flexible construction is capable of blocking any debris larger than half the width of your hair. MasterShield gutter guards are installed at the same angle as your roofline, so debris won't get trapped.

Leafless in Seattle is the certified installer of MasterShield gutter guards in Seattle, Gig Harbor, Tacoma and all of Puget Sound Area. Call us at 1-844-429-5727 to request an on-site consultation and free estimate today!

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Leafless in Seattle
19713 92nd Ave S
Kent, WA 98031
1-253-250-4449
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