Comparison Guide

Gutter Guard Comparison Guide

Ready to say goodbye to cleaning your gutters forever?

Ready to say goodbye to cleaning your gutters forever?

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.

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Customer Reviews
  • By Jim M.
    Lake Oswego, OR
    "They actually work as advertised!!. We have large fir trees over the..."

    Customer Review

    By Jim M.
    Lake Oswego, OR

    They actually work as advertised!!. We have large fir trees over the house and usually had to clean our old gutters every couple of months. We had new gutters installed with the Master Shield system and had clean-outs put on our downspouts to monitor how much debris was flowing into our drainage system. After a number of large storms, there is nothing in the clean outs. The Master Shield system is doing exactly what it said it would do, taking all the water from the roof and keeping the gutters absolutely clean. Great product.
  • By David S.
    Oak Grove, OR
    "So far, the product works! The crew that worked on our job could not have..."

    Customer Review

    By David S.
    Oak Grove, OR

    So far, the product works! The crew that worked on our job could not have been more polite and pleasant. They went out of their way to let us know what they were doing and why.
  • By Deborah M.
    Portland, OR
    "You did great work and completed it all in a very timely manner."

    Customer Review

    By Deborah M.
    Portland, OR

    You did great work and completed it all in a very timely manner.
  • By Sandra & Vaughn L.
    Olympia, WA
    "What I saw demoed at a homeshow last Fall impressed me. I Utubed it and..."

    Customer Review

    By Sandra & Vaughn L.
    Olympia, WA

    What I saw demoed at a homeshow last Fall impressed me. I Utubed it and learned more of the engineering that went into it. My problem at home isn't so much leafs but pine needles and small stuff, so this was the best product with a guarantee that I saw. Nice the engineer is local so he understands and researched (for years) what it is exactly that is needed in the NW._x000D_ The installers were very efficient and knowledgeable as well. Great installation, went the extra mile protecting house with flashing and identified areas needing repair from previous faulty installation. _x000D_ Looking forward to seeing my new gutters and guards in action this Winter. My husband will never have to slog through the gutters or get on the roof like he did 4 x last Fall._x000D_ Thanks so much
  • By Scott M.
    Spanaway, WA
    "Seems to work. But than we had a huge winter. And yes have recommended to..."

    Customer Review

    By Scott M.
    Spanaway, WA

    Seems to work. But than we had a huge winter. And yes have recommended to others.
  • 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 Chuck N.
    Puyallup, WA
    "The installation went smoothly and quickly. The gutters and spouts look..."

    Customer Review

    By Chuck N.
    Puyallup, WA

    The installation went smoothly and quickly. The gutters and spouts look great. We have not had any rain yet to test the install but I am sure it is fine.
  • By Matt P.
    Puyallup, WA
    "Never having to clean the gutters."

    Customer Review

    By Matt P.
    Puyallup, WA

    Never having to clean the gutters.
  • 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 Lucia C.
    Lakewood, WA
    "The material and set up is great! Quick service and the price is right."

    Customer Review

    By Lucia C.
    Lakewood, WA

    The material and set up is great! Quick service and the price is right.
  • By Nate W.
    Tacoma, WA
    "Good job studying the home, finding problem areas, and correcting them in..."

    Customer Review

    By Nate W.
    Tacoma, WA

    Good job studying the home, finding problem areas, and correcting them in the new installation.
  • By Alice L.
    Auburn, WA
    "Th screen is pitched at he same angle as the roof"

    Customer Review

    By Alice L.
    Auburn, WA

    Th screen is pitched at he same angle as the roof
  • By Mary P.
    Auburn, WA
    "Quick and effective response."

    Customer Review

    By Mary P.
    Auburn, WA

    Quick and effective response.
  • By Gaylord & Susan F.
    Federal Way, WA
    "They get the job done as well as look great."

    Customer Review

    By Gaylord & Susan F.
    Federal Way, WA

    They get the job done as well as look great.
  • By Judy L.
    Union, WA
    "I believe it answers my problem of accessibility to gutter cleaning (3..."

    Customer Review

    By Judy L.
    Union, WA

    I believe it answers my problem of accessibility to gutter cleaning (3 story home) and takes care of the small debris (dirt, pollen, fir and cedar needles) that other systems don't handle. It also addresses the cost it would take to hire someone to maintain them. All the staff-from estimator, to office, to installers were courteous, competent and great to work with!
  • By Julie S.
    Gig Harbor, WA
    "the lifetime guarantee!!!_x000D_ This product means I never have to clean..."

    Customer Review

    By Julie S.
    Gig Harbor, WA

    the lifetime guarantee!!!_x000D_ This product means I never have to clean the gutters, so totally worth the $ to me :)
  • By Steve & Linda S.
    Gig Harbor, WA
    "The angle of the screen to the gutters. Closed in system."

    Customer Review

    By Steve & Linda S.
    Gig Harbor, WA

    The angle of the screen to the gutters. Closed in system.
  • By Teresa R.
    Kent, WA
    "Professional and prompt workman"

    Customer Review

    By Teresa R.
    Kent, WA

    Professional and prompt workman
  • 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.
  • By Pete M.
    Kent, WA
    "never having to get up on the ladder to clean gutters again."

    Customer Review

    By Pete M.
    Kent, WA

    never having to get up on the ladder to clean gutters again.
  • By Katherine D.
    Kent, WA
    "The efficient service and the product is very good."

    Customer Review

    By Katherine D.
    Kent, WA

    The efficient service and the product is very good.
  • 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 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 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 Janet & Bill M.
    Port Orchard, WA
    "Very professional! They did what they say they would do. Our expectations..."

    Customer Review

    By Janet & Bill M.
    Port Orchard, WA

    Very professional! They did what they say they would do. Our expectations were met.
  • By Judi H.
    Port Orchard, WA
    "Product is wonderful...really works in a heavy rain (except for one place..."

    Customer Review

    By Judi H.
    Port Orchard, WA

    Product is wonderful...really works in a heavy rain (except for one place over the back door) Installers were professional prompt and proficient.
  • 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.

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.

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, Kent, Tacoma and all of Puget Sound Area. Call us at 1-844-834-5382 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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