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Elemental Materials: The Best Gutter Guards

December 3rd, 2019 BY First American Roofing

With 15 years of experience, we’ve seen the best and the worst gutter guards out there. Gutter guards attach to your gutters and help manage rainwater and debris. They’re one of the best things you can do to manage water around your foundation and garden beds, and so you want them to work efficiently.

There are several different styles of gutter guards that can get you similar results. Mesh screen gutter guards are very lightweight, easy to install, and fit to size. They slide under your shingles and allow debris to slide off at an angle, but could be damaged if large debris hits it and pulls it out from the shingles. Gutter belts are a bit more sturdy, and are a flat surface with punctured holes, ensuring no debris touches your gutter. They’re great for keeping those whirlybirds, helicopters, or whatever you prefer to call them, out of your gutter, but they are a bit more invasive to install because you screw them to the house. There are filter brush gutter guards, which are like a bristled round brush that sets in your gutter to catch debris while allowing water to flow. These are neither aesthetically pleasing or easy to clean. We recommend calling us before trying anything because we have adopted a gutter guard that we have found to be fail-proof and the most effective.

We used to get a lot of calls from people saying they had gutter guards installed, but they are still having to clean them out, or are noticing too much downfall of water in one area of their house. There are hundreds of brands and types of gutters guards, so it can be hard to know which one to choose. Sometimes people go with aesthetics vs. functionality, and that can backfire. After years of trial and error, and eliminating gutter guards that we kept getting calls about, we found one we love. We now know that there’s one brand that we’ve been installing for about 4-5 years now, which has significantly decreased calls and complaints that the gutter guards aren’t doing their job.



Let’s Gush About Some First American-Approved Gutter Guards

Raindrop Gutter Guards from right here in the midwest have become one of our go-to brands for our customers. Raindrop has been around for almost 20 years, and continue to provide high quality, maintenance-free, self-cleaning water protection for homes all over. These guards can fit any 5 or 6-inch gutter but can be customized to fit 4 or 10-inch gutters as well. They are incredibly strong and durable and allow for even the most torrential flow of water to run over and through. These gutter guards are virtually invisible and can match any aesthetic of a home.

How it works is it’s laid on top of your gutter and screwed into place. It has slats that allow debris to flow right over it and off the gutter, without getting trapped in any holes or divets. There is no edge for debris to get caught. Its black color absorbs the sun’s heat even on the coldest of days and naturally melts ice and snow, alleviating any problems with ice dams or icicles.

At First American Roofing, we only want to give our customers the best, and since adopting the Raindrop Gutter Guards, we have yet to get a call back about an issue with the gutter guards. Not only that, but they are a fellow Wisconsin company located in Milwaukee, and we’re always happy to support our fellow Wisconsinite businesses! We stand by this brand, and we’re so glad that they changed how we do business, and how we can leave our customers satisfied.

If you are having trouble with debris-filled gutters, heavy waterfall creating craters in the corners of your home, or notice recurring ice dams every winter, it may be time to evaluate your gutters or gutter guards. We would love to help out, and please feel free to give us a call anytime! We can walk you through the steps we can take to solve your problems.


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