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Question DetailsAsked on 9/25/2015

What are the best heated leaf guard gutters

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As a past factory rep for over $3 million in sales at Gutter Topper, and as a past dealer for over 9 years for Consumer Reports' top gutter cover--LeafFilter and as a 7+ years a MasterShield (same inventor later model of LeafFilter) dealer-let me give you my opinion.

It is possible to install a gutter cover that will self clean if the gutter cover has a slope.

It is also possible to make a filter out of 316 stainless steel that only water (no organic matter) will go through. It is possible to install it on a straight run gutter and have virtually no overrun of rain. (Note that a roof valley requires special handling.)

It is also possible to get a transferable warranty that protects a home with a 100% money back factory warrranty if your gutters clog with MasterShield (MS).

I have installed MS on hundreds of home yearly. I have received the BBB Integrity Award and Angie's List Super Service Award.

Is MasterShield perfect? No. MS and all other gutter covers make ice. They make ice in freezing drizzle; they make ice when snow melts. Is that a concern? Not to me. A little ice is such a tiny problem. Only where people walk underneath the gutters is ice a legitimate concern. This is when you may consider heated gutter guards.

There are several choices of heated gutter guards on the market. The two groups are divided by several sub groups.

1) Wattage- You use 5 or 6 watts per foot. The electricity is normally run on a regular outside outlet (with existing GFI). They must be turned on before need to melt ice.
Or use a dedicated circuit for a heat cable installation at 20 watts per foot. You turn this on when you need it. This can run $1200 in required electrical work in addition to installation costs plus material.
2) Placement of the heat cable. All gutter covers install the cable on top of the cover. This is a horrible catch point for debris coming off the roof. MasterShield is the exception a patent-applied-for-method of attaching the Danfoss Heat Cable on the bottom side of the micro mesh filter. This alllows free flow into the gutter. Sleet and snow will melt on the outer edge of the gutter cover with gently applied heat.
By 2016 Danfoss tells us they will have a moisture sensor that will turn your low wattage heat cable on only when you need it.

Source: www.heartlandmastershield,com

Answered 5 years ago by jccasper

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