Before you buy a gutter guard, you should be aware of common gutter guard complaints people that own them have. We often hear from people who come to us to buy their second gutter guard because the first one they chose didn’t work. We completely understand their level of frustration, this is not a purchase to be made twice! Your choice can be an informed one if you’re aware of common gutter guard complaints and you’ll save yourself the hassle of buying a second system.
Top 5 Gutter Guard Complaints
1. The workmanship is shoddy. It’s a shame to mention this, but far too many gutter guard complaints start with installation issues. Before you buy a gutter guard, find out what system will be installed. Are you buying from a guy with a ladder and a pick up truck? If so, he’s off to the local box store or supply house to pick up whatever is cheap and handy. If you look into a better known brand, have you been told how they train their installers? Is anyone manufacturer trained, or sitting down with manuals/videos or did your installer learn from the guy before him and pick up all his bad habits?
Gutter guard complaints often start with the installation crew and, by doing your homework, you can choose a reputable company that will stand behind their work with a simple warranty guaranteeing this. Too often products fail because the installer did not install to manufacturer specifications. Try to avoid this happening to you.
2. They drip with icicles in the winter/They don’t take water in when the temperatures outside are freezing. Many homeowners call back once winter hits with gutter guard complaints like this. Few stop to think they just installed a cover over their gutters, which winds up making the gutter as solid as your roof when there are snow or icy conditions.
Two things to consider. You install a gutter guard to stop clogs, end gutter cleaning and keep out debris spring, summer and fall. Your installation company has a responsibility to let you know gutter guards aren’t designed to work in the winter (the MasterShield team must have more than a dozen articles for our website on this point specifically). Many manufacturers offer the option to heat their systems so you can avoid problem areas. The beauty of MasterShield is that you can heat retroactively, so you may not need to make a large investment in heating every gutter, but spot heating any trouble spots.
3. They still have to be cleaned. Systems with any sort of openings, slits, slots, will let in debris and do so in the rain when you expect them to work, which leads to many gutter guard complaints. Debris follows water around the curves of the most popular brands, into the gutter below. The volume of water isn’t enough to flush the system of debris, so now you’ve got a covered gutter that you can’t clean. Curved systems also get dirty on their curves. Not the top, but the front and bottom. Once the curve is dirty, water will shoot over the cover and miss the gutter below. That curve will need to be cleaned every season to keep the system working properly.
4. They cause bees and birds to nest under them. If you’ve installed a curved system or anything with a solid cover, you’ve just created a condo for wasps, hornets and birds. We just had one of our dealers contact us with these facts: he removed a curved system off a house with 342 feet of gutter. His installers found 42 bees nests and went through over 7 cans of bee spray. That’s one bees nest for every 8.2 feet of gutter! Gutter guard complaints like this are very common and you shouldn’t add problems to your home like this.
5. They don’t work. Some products are great on paper, but not in the field. Few systems take into consideration the effect of roof oils that leach from asphalt shingles. In fact only products from MGP, the manufacturer of MasterShield, have ever gone public with the problem.
In fact, it was roof shingle oils that lead micro mesh industry innovator Alex Higginbotham to invent the self cleaning technology in MasterShield in the first place. When his first product failed from these oils he did further research to create the properties you’ll find in MasterShield. His designs have been so unique, he’s been awarded 10 patents on his technology.
Systems that let in debris, can’t self clean of roof oils and or are made from plastics should be avoided. They cause problems that cause many gutter guard complaints that result in people removing their systems.
Patented Higginbotham technology has been the top choice of all recent independent tests. Before making an investment, why not find out more about MasterShield and how it can address many of the gutter guard complaints you’ll find with other systems.
One caveat: gutters and gutter guards exist in an imperfect world, one completely different from the home show display. They’re exposed to real debris, real rain water and real roof conditions. Mother Nature will throw everything she has at them to boot. There will be homes, roofs or situations even the best gutter guards can’t handle.