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Question DetailsAsked on 6/15/2015

What is the best gutter cover

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As a former Gutter Topper and Leaf Filter dealer let me suggest the best product to keep a homes gutters from clogging is the one with a 100% money back life of the gutter warranty-

by the Manu and the dealer ie me is MasterShield.

Further more after installing 100's of jobs I can safely say, in a straight run (not a valley) MasterShield will handle virtually all the rain Mother Nature can send its way. The gutter cover is a blend of aluminum and surgical stainless steel (316) and comes in a low profile selection of 16 colors to blend with your gutters or roof. It installs at an angle (tucked up under first row of shingles) to shed debris during and after a rain. In some installs existing gutters are rehung lower or replaced if not good enough for the long haul. If ice is an issue gutter cover can by heated, See my website for ideas especially my blogs on gutters

Jim Casper Angie's List Super Service Award & BBB Integrity Award winner


Answered 5 years ago by jccasper


You can find comments and some reviews in the Home > Gutters link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

My opinion - there is no such thing as an effective gutter cover, especially in areas subject to roof edge icing or gutter freezeup - if your gutter needs covers, then your roof and gutters need hosing out. And if it needs thaw cables to keep it from icing up, that is not a solution - that should be telling you that you are putting a bandaid on a problem that should not be causing a problem in the first place !

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


LCD have you ever seen?

LeafFilter in action?

Rhino in action?

MasterShield in action?

My guess, nope ,don't need to look, I know best, trust me,

I have an idea call this customer,

I originally installed Leaffilter on his home, after a hail store damaged it, we replaced it with MasterShield, after about 3 years and next hail storm, dented but still working great we re installed MasterShield after Jack had new roof installed. Home was sold and last month Jack & Kathy had us install MasterShield on an inherited farmhouse near Spirit lake, Iowa.

Jim Casper


Answered 5 years ago by jccasper


To your question, Jim - had both Leaf Filter and Rhino on prior homes and saw on others - ripped mine off because they caused more issues and hassle than simple cleaning of open gutters yearly. Leafguard and Gutter Helmet and several others no better in cases I have seen.

Have not seen Mastershield installed on a house but did see a dealer demo at a trade demonstration where they had a test shingle slope with several gutter brands they hooked to it to demonstrate - like the competing brands it totally failed to adequately handle conifer needles and birch seed pods and pollen - clogged very quickly on what was probably a 4:12 slope (maybe 5:12), and plugged up very quickly when they dumped large flat leaves on the roof as well unless they used the hose to directly wash them off. (Were using a hose on a very heavy spray on a section of shingle roof with the debris scattered on it to do the demonstration). Needless, the demonstration was a failure - all it demonstrated was that gutter covers generally fail to accomplish the "maintenance-free" staus they advertise.

I am not saying your beloved Mastershield product may not be the best gutter cover out there - just in my opinion gutter covers are more trouble than they are worth (especially with Mastershield installations running many thousands of $), plus they are no solution at alll in areas where the most serious eave/gutter issue is icing up from rain or roof melt freezing on the metal gutters or gutter covers - that is where their failure is most pronounced in our area, where eave shingles are damaged and water penetrated the roofs due to icing beginning in the metal gutters or on metal gutter covers and progressing to ice damming.

The worst thing about these type gutters, in my opinion, aside from the metal icing up easily and causing ice damming right at the roof edge where water running off the roof would usually flow off or icicle instead, is they go up under the shingles so they are violating the integrity of the roofing system - promoting deterioratiuon of the shingle edges, and backing water up under the shingles when they get blocked - exactly what you do NOT want to do to a roof, so to me the basic design is inherently flawed in several aspects.

After seeing many total failures and resultant damage necessitating major roof repairs in both commercial and residential construction, gutter covers and snow guards and avalanche guards and such are just an invitation, especially in areas subject to icing or snow cover, to roof damage - basically throwing your money away, in my opinion. Not to mention that for the micromesh systems I have heard of installation costs in the several thousand to as much as $7000 - that is an AWFUL lot to pay for something that is likely to cause problems, especially compared to spending maybe $50 to build a gooseneck gutter washing tool, or paying around $100/year plus or minus to have them washed out by a gutter cleaning company. Takes a LOT of years of cleaning them out to equal many thousands of initial installation cost.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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