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 Richard G.
    Gresham, OR
    "On time, excellent workmanship, answered any questions, concerns and call..."

    Customer Review

    By Richard G.
    Gresham, OR

    On time, excellent workmanship, answered any questions, concerns and call back service was immediate to fix a very minor item, but they made the trip fixing a cosmetic concern.
  • By John H.
    North Bend, WA
    "The product is better than its competitors and more expensive. The..."

    Customer Review

    By John H.
    North Bend, WA

    The product is better than its competitors and more expensive. The functional capabilities and appearance are superior. The installation was troubled because of delays and weather, but in the end everything was installed and works very well.
  • By Brandon & Jennifer B.
    Enumclaw, WA
    "I did a lot of research and the master shield product was the only product..."

    Customer Review

    By Brandon & Jennifer B.
    Enumclaw, WA

    I did a lot of research and the master shield product was the only product that addressed all my concerns in particular self cleaning, pine needles, and shingle grit.
  • By Carey & Cherry W.
    Arlington, WA
    "The quality of the products is great and the installation was quick and..."

    Customer Review

    By Carey & Cherry W.
    Arlington, WA

    The quality of the products is great and the installation was quick and well done.
  • By Dale D.
    Issaquah, WA
    "This is the best gutter system I have seen and I have gone through..."

    Customer Review

    By Dale D.
    Issaquah, WA

    This is the best gutter system I have seen and I have gone through multiple attempts to put gutters on that performed this well.
  • By Michael O.
    Sammamish, WA
    "Installers were very nice and really looked like they enjoyed their work. ..."

    Customer Review

    By Michael O.
    Sammamish, WA

    Installers were very nice and really looked like they enjoyed their work. Jobsite was left clean and in the same manner that they found it.
  • By Charles & Pamela B.
    Sammamish, WA
    "Estimate process was much more thorough. Evaluated the situation and..."

    Customer Review

    By Charles & Pamela B.
    Sammamish, WA

    Estimate process was much more thorough. Evaluated the situation and offered solutions that covered more than just gutter replacement including extending roof longevity. Others just based estimates on linear feet. Crew was also excellent and once the job was complete felt like we got the best installation. New gutters look great.
  • By Jim B.
    Redmond, WA
    "We liked the appearance of the product and the guarantee we'll never have..."

    Customer Review

    By Jim B.
    Redmond, WA

    We liked the appearance of the product and the guarantee we'll never have to clean our gutters again. The installers did a great job and were friendly throughout the process. They even distributed moss killer on our roof without any extra charge.
  • By Susan S.
    Redmond, WA
    "Quality product, tidy installation. Installers keep in touch to ask your..."

    Customer Review

    By Susan S.
    Redmond, WA

    Quality product, tidy installation. Installers keep in touch to ask your preference on certain portions of installation and communicate well to let you know what they are doing.
  • By Glennda C.
    Redmond, WA
    "I was so happy with the work done & now I will never have to clean gutters..."

    Customer Review

    By Glennda C.
    Redmond, WA

    I was so happy with the work done & now I will never have to clean gutters again. Yay!!_x000D_ The professionalism of your company is outstanding and was so happy that they stood by their quote.
  • By Neil D.
    Redmond, WA
    "Everything was done very professionally. The workers were diligent,..."

    Customer Review

    By Neil D.
    Redmond, WA

    Everything was done very professionally. The workers were diligent, thorough & seemed to really care about doing a good job & doing it right. They thoroughly cleaned up at the end of each day & were careful of our foundation plantings (I was exceptionally pleased about that!) We haven't had any rain so we haven't seen the gutters "at work" yet, but since there is an unconditional guarantee, we're not worried about that. The office people & salesman were very responsive (& available) to answer any questions that came up. All in all, a very well handled business transaction. Thank you!
  • By Kim H.
    Redmond, WA
    "Having paid several thousand dollars for our previous gutter system which..."

    Customer Review

    By Kim H.
    Redmond, WA

    Having paid several thousand dollars for our previous gutter system which worked not at all, we have somewhat higher hopes for this based on the demo, and found your price to be reasonable. Ask me about the gutters themselves when we get one of those big storms.
  • By Mohammad T.
    Woodenville, WA
    "Professional installation & leafless gutters."

    Customer Review

    By Mohammad T.
    Woodenville, WA

    Professional installation & leafless gutters.
  • By Derek & Melissa B.
    Bellevue, WA
    "Did a lot of research and the Mastershield product seemed best, I had a..."

    Customer Review

    By Derek & Melissa B.
    Bellevue, WA

    Did a lot of research and the Mastershield product seemed best, I had a few other brands give quotes as well Rhino etc. and while not the cheapest the MS product itself along with the lifetime warranty was best. Jim who did the initial run through and quote was professional and picked up on things that others did not notice with the current gutters. The office even send 2 diff sets of color MS covers to make sure the color was perfect. Install was smooth and professional as well, new gutters and MS installed in a day. So far so good, and with all the rain we have had thus far in Seattle the products and install seem GREAT.
  • By Andy & Sara T.
    Bellevue, WA
    "professional people work for the company. So far the product has worked as..."

    Customer Review

    By Andy & Sara T.
    Bellevue, WA

    professional people work for the company. So far the product has worked as promised.
  • By Debbie & Jim D.
    Bellevue, WA
    "Good products, nice service and efficient and well run installation..."

    Customer Review

    By Debbie & Jim D.
    Bellevue, WA

    Good products, nice service and efficient and well run installation process
  • By Dave & Victoria H.
    Renton, WA
    "Have not been able to see the finished product in action, as there has not..."

    Customer Review

    By Dave & Victoria H.
    Renton, WA

    Have not been able to see the finished product in action, as there has not been any rain. I am looking forward to seeing the difference.
  • 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 Jonathan L.
    Renton, WA
    "Knowledgeable, helpful, no-pressure sales backed by a sincere commitment..."

    Customer Review

    By Jonathan L.
    Renton, WA

    Knowledgeable, helpful, no-pressure sales backed by a sincere commitment to quality and customer satisfaction
  • By Eric & Merle H.
    Renton, WA
    "Prompt, good quality service. Communicated with me during the gutter..."

    Customer Review

    By Eric & Merle H.
    Renton, WA

    Prompt, good quality service. Communicated with me during the gutter installation.
  • By John & Judy G.
    Marysville, WA
    "Gutters appear to work better than other competitors; service from the..."

    Customer Review

    By John & Judy G.
    Marysville, WA

    Gutters appear to work better than other competitors; service from the home office was excellent and the installers were exceptional, going above and beyond in order to make sure we had a proper installation that would help protect our house.This is service that I longer see with other businesses in the home construction/repair sector. Very nice job by all!
  • By Jennifer Huie M.
    Bothell, WA
    "You finished work as you promised, very professional ,Thank you"

    Customer Review

    By Jennifer Huie M.
    Bothell, WA

    You finished work as you promised, very professional ,Thank you
  • By Dee & Gary L.
    Bonney Lake, WA
    "The gutter covers perform excellent in the spring and summer thunder..."

    Customer Review

    By Dee & Gary L.
    Bonney Lake, WA

    The gutter covers perform excellent in the spring and summer thunder storms. Two thumbs up. I will wait until fall when the leaves start falling to see if the gutters shed the debris to give a 5 star rating.
  • By Susan R.
    Lake Tapps, WA
    "I bought it for the LIFETIME WARRANTY. _x000D_ I didn't want to have to..."

    Customer Review

    By Susan R.
    Lake Tapps, WA

    I bought it for the LIFETIME WARRANTY. _x000D_ I didn't want to have to deal with or clean out my gutters any more. _x000D_ I appreciate Leafless in Seattle's efforts to make sure my system works for me, and their guarantee to always be there in the future if needed.
  • By Lanita L. & Russell E.
    Lake Tapps, WA
    "So far we have had 2 rain/wind storms and it seems to be working well..."

    Customer Review

    By Lanita L. & Russell E.
    Lake Tapps, WA

    So far we have had 2 rain/wind storms and it seems to be working well. Since the gutters have only been in 2 weeks I really will be able to give feedback during the summer!
  • By Wendy S.
    Kirkland, WA
    "The installation team was awesome! They did great work and took their..."

    Customer Review

    By Wendy S.
    Kirkland, WA

    The installation team was awesome! They did great work and took their time doing a quality job.
  • By Judy S.
    Everett, WA
    "Only time will tell if these gutters will still be good in 10 years and I..."

    Customer Review

    By Judy S.
    Everett, WA

    Only time will tell if these gutters will still be good in 10 years and I won't be as disappointed with them as I was with LeafGuard. The old gutters were taken down and hauled away and the new ones were put up in a timely manner. What impressed me the most is major rot in the back fascia was brought to my attention. Within two days the fellows were back with the new lumber and paint to replace the whole section of the fascia over my deck.I will be very diligent on watching for leaks and defects because of the problems with the last gutters. I was assured if anything is amiss, it will be fixed. Hopefully the gutters will work well and hopefully there will be a quick follow through if something does happen.
  • By Paul D.
    Everett, WA
    "Great job, friendly and went the extra several miles. Raul and his crew..."

    Customer Review

    By Paul D.
    Everett, WA

    Great job, friendly and went the extra several miles. Raul and his crew were excellent.
  • By John G.
    Everett, WA
    "Excellent work a deal product done in a timely manner."

    Customer Review

    By John G.
    Everett, WA

    Excellent work a deal product done in a timely manner.
  • By Dennis B.
    Kent, WA
    "The product is very good and the services also."

    Customer Review

    By Dennis B.
    Kent, WA

    The product is very good and the services also.


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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