How to Choose the Best Gutter Guard System for Your Home

Your gutters are essential in preventing the number one reason why basements and crawl spaces leak and foundations settle, crack, and bow—improperly channeled roof water. With so much at stake, you want to choose the best gutter guard system on the market to protect your home. At AquaGuard, we’ve undergone years of research to find the best products on the market to offer our customers—that’s why we’ve selected GutterShutter™ to offer as our gutter cover system. As the best gutter cover on the market, this patented system is specifically designed for clog-resistance as well as the management and drainage of roof water away from your home.

Let’s take a deeper look at how the GutterShutter™ system stacks up against other gutter covers.

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How Often Do You Clean Your Gutters? 

Some gutter retailers will suggest that cleaning your gutters twice a year is sufficient for keeping them clear and functioning optimally. However, if you have an abundance of trees in your yard, they’ll need to be cleaned more frequently to ensure they are capable of protecting your home when heavy rains come. Pine needles, leaves, debris, and even pollen can clog gutters and render them ineffective. 

What Kind of Damage Can Clogged Gutters Cause?

  • Overflowing gutters can cause water to wrap around fascia boards and leak into your home and basement and erode your foundation.  
  • Moisture and rotting wood in walls can attract termites and lead to mold and mildew growth. 
  • Downspouts can overflow, meaning water will no longer be directed away from your home and will instead pool around the foundation. 
gutter with no gutter cover clogged by leaves

The Four Types of Gutters

There are four types of gutters available on the market, including open gutters, screened gutters, all-in-one gutter systems, and the GutterShutter™ gutter cover system. 

1. Open Gutter Systems

Open gutter systems, as the name implies, are gutters with no cover or guard. These come in a variety of materials, as well as in seamless and sectional options. Open gutters are typically selected because of their lower cost, yet they pose many concerns when it comes to durability and effectiveness—especially if cheaper materials and sectional systems are used. Not to mention, there’s no protection against clogging. 

Disadvantages of Open Gutters: 

  • No covers or guards allows them to be compromised by debris, pine needles, and leaves, making them less effective. 
  • Sectional gutters don’t last as long and will eventually leak. 
  • Certain materials can sag, leak, dent, and pull away from the home. 
2. Screened Gutter Systems

Screened gutter systems utilize a variety of materials to cover the gutter in a way that keeps debris out and lets water in. Mesh, nylon, foam, or perforated vinyl, aluminum, and galvanized steel are popular choices. Unfortunately, leaves and debris can still prevent water from entering the gutter system by sitting atop the screen, blocking the holes and pores that capture water. 

Disadvantages of Gutter Covers

  • You may never have to clean your gutters, but you’ll have to regularly clean the screen. 
  • Pollen, pine needles, leaves, and debris can still clog the screen and cause water to sheet over the gutter and fall around the foundation.
  • Smaller debris, including seed helicopters and leaf stems, can enter the gutter through the screen.
  • Foam gutter guards can disintegrate and must be replaced every few years. 
  • The material used for the screen can be unsightly.
3. All-in-One Systems

All-in-one systems attempt to solve the issue of clogged gutters and gutter screens by capturing water while utilizing a completely sealed cover. Rather than using filters or screens that can still be clogged, they use completely sealed covers and the principles of water tension to direct water without catching debris. There are plenty of all-in-one systems on the market. However, most fail in a significant way: the weight of the gutters and inadequate attachment systems cause the gutters to separate from the home, allowing the water to fall off the roof. 

Disadvantages of Competing All-in-One Gutter Systems:

Inferior bracket system attaching them to the home and weight of the system can cause the gutter to pull away from the home, rendering them ineffective.

clogged gutter screen gutter covers
gutter diagram showing highback system, 5 point mounting system, 8 flow reducers, and more

4. GutterShutter™ System

Unlike other gutter covers, the GutterShutter™ system is designed to both block debris from entering the gutter and properly collect the roof water and drain it away from the foundation. Using a liquid adhesion process, water is captured without the need for filters, screens, or vertical openings. Being completely covered and sealed, the GutterShutter™ system requires no cleaning. 

Advantages of GutterShutter™:

  • Largest, patented, covered gutter system.
  • Features the strongest bracket on the market, meaning it’s guaranteed to never pull away from the home for the lifetime of the structure. 
  • Lifetime no-clog warranty.
  • Protects against foundation damage.
  • Yearly cleanings aren’t necessary. 
  • Long-lasting solution means less time and less money spent over time. 
  • Stops gutters from rusting by preventing wet debris from collecting inside your gutters. 

Call AquaGuard for a Free Gutter Inspection and Gutter Installation

Thinking about upgrading your water management system? AquaGuard offers free, no-obligation gutter inspections to the Atlanta community. During the process, we’ll discuss the effectiveness of your current gutter system and your options for water management. Call us today to schedule your free inspection or gutter installation!

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