Gutter Helmet vs. Micro Mesh Filter Gutter Protection



Micro mesh filter gutter guards have come to popularity over the last decade due to the cheap manufacturing costs and the abundance of lower-quality alternatives found in major box stores/retailers. Based on this popular trend, many professional micro mesh filter guard products have also become available with promises of a lifetime guarantee. Whether DIY or professionally installed, this is rarely the best choice in gutter protection for homeowners seeking a long term, maintenance-free solution. Filter gutter guards are made from plastic, PVC or aluminum materials with some having a screen/micro mesh insert glued or inserted into the product itself to filter rainwater. Over the past decade, there have been many issues with these types of systems, and homeowners frequently report, “my gutters are clear, but the water is not getting into my gutter and spilling over onto the ground.” Find out why below:


What was the last filter you didn’t have to clean or replace over time?

Like any filter (oil filter in your car, lint filter in dryer, HVAC home air filter, or even drinking water filter) and ALL other varieties of mesh filters they all require cleaning and replacement over time to maintain.

No matter how small or fine the mesh holes or openings are, debris such as shingle grit, pollen, moss, etc. will work its way on top of the screen and then into the filter as the pictures below highlight. When this occurs, water has no place to go but OVER, not in the gutter!


Let’s compare the benefits of Gutter Helmet’s Technology vs. Micro Mesh Filter Technology:




Consider this warranty example from the most popular popular micro mesh filter gutter protection provider:

  • If at any time the filter micro mesh gutter protection system allows your gutter to clog with debris, causing the gutter to fill with water and overflow, the company will repair or refund you 100% of the total product cost. 

Sounds good right…..but wait there’s a catch

One thing remains true with all filter-based systems and their guarantees — they only cover clogs originating from the interior of your gutter (as highlighted above). The question to ask is, how could the interior of a gutter become clogged if it’s “fully enclosed” by a filter or screen? The short explanation is these systems are destined to fail over time, and clogging will inevitably occur on top of the screen itself (no matter which variety is used) that results in rainwater being redirected to unwanted parts of your home and not solving the main issue clogged gutters causes (uncontrolled misdirected rainwater). Pollen, moss and various other debris (leaves, needles, shingle grit, etc.) can all clog the different varieties of micro mesh filters with ease. No matter how often companies or representatives claim their screen or mesh is “superior, unique, or patented,” homeowners are ultimately left with a product that simply transfers clog points from inside the gutter to outside of the filter itself, reinforcing the common homeowner claim that, “my gutters are clear, but the water is not getting into my gutter and spilling over onto the ground.”

Micro Mesh Filter Products Could VOID YOUR ROOF WARRANTY

Man working on a roof.All gutter protection products are not created equal, and working [or failing to work] with roofing warranties is no exception. Your roof is one of the most expensive and important systems on your home, and your gutter protection choice is vital to protecting this investment. Any product installed or that disturbs the starter shingle could void your roofing manufacturer’s warranty. All major shingle manufacturers clearly state that any tampering with the starter shingle (strip) could void the owner’s roof warranty.

Alternatively, Gutter Helmet’s method of installing under the second course of shingle (rather than the starter strip) is permitted and approved by all major roofing manufacturers. We have worked closely with each roofing manufacturer (GAF, Owens Corning, CertainTeed) for over three decades to ensure our installation method is tested and verified with all of their offered roofing products. Few gutter protection companies can make this claim, but we are proud to bring this peace of mind to you.


To learn more why Gutter Helmet is a permanent solution for homeowners vs. Micro Mesh Filter Gutter Protection, click here for your FREE consultation! We will bring both products to your home.

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