Micro-Mesh

Filtering synthetic mesh or fine mesh to micro mesh metal over plastic, sheet metal or extruded aluminum support frame

These products have two components, the mesh material, and the frame that supports the mesh.  Both components can be found in either metal or plastic.  The quality of screen material varies considerably (technical understanding of metallurgy or plastic polymers is not customary for the average homeowner, but the comparison is between a plastics, 304 stainless steel and 316L surgical grade stainless).  The same is true for the support frame.  Metal will be more durable than plastic, but again, the particular alloys used make a big difference over the long term.  The comparison here is between plastic, aluminum sheet metal and extruded and anodized aluminum.

No prices are given, per foot prices must be quoted based on difficulty of home installation. (Number of stories, miter corner cuts and other factors given). Be sure to qualify a quote to include shipping and or installation by a certified installer.

Our Ratings:

Product
Price w/ Installation
Effective Protection Coefficient
Industry Reputation
Strength
Water Throughput
Durability
Overall
In Depth Review GutterDome In-depth Review Gutterglove Pro In-depth Review Gutterglove Utra In-depth Review

Product
Price w/ Installation
Effective Protection Coefficient
Industry Reputation
Strength
Water Throughput
Durability
Overall
In Depth Review LeafBlaster In-depth Review MasterShield In-depth Review LeafFilter In-depth Review

What works, What works well and What doesn’t work:
We found Leaf Filter and Master Shield to be flimsy by comparison to Gutterglove. Gutterglove uses a “stainless steel surgical grade fine mesh screen” We tried poking the screen on all three products with a ball point pen. (Simulating a tree branch falling on the roof). The screen in Leaf filter tore easily. The screen in Mastershield also yielded easily.

The screen in Gutterglove was so tough, we barely made a dimple. According to Gutterglove’s sales materials we reviewed, their exclusive micro screen is used by the Navy for underwater applications and is the toughest money can buy. The actual housing of the product was noticeably different. The Gutterglove housing was heavy duty aluminum and a 5 foot panel was very sturdy just to hold in my hand. The housing for Leaf Filter and Mastershield was much lighter. It was clear to us that the Gutterglove was manufactured to be superior. We also noted that only one of the three, Gutterglove, bragged about being “anodized”. That means that it will not ozodize, corrode or rust regardless of the metal it is attached to. We think that is ritically important because some gutters are aluminum, some steel, some copper or other metals.


Gutterglove logo is a registered trademark of Gutterglove Gutterguard, Lenney Robert C. (S/N 78355811)
Master Shield logo is a registered trademark of MGP Manufacturing LLC, Griffin, Shelia M (S/N 78478873)
LeafFilter logo and name is a registered trademark of LeafFilter International, Inc.( See Copyright Information )

We have no ownership interest in any product manufactures being reviewed.

Discussion

  1. JP  January 2, 2012

    I currently have Gutter Helmet and would not recommend it to anyone. Aside from the overshooting, if you ever need a roof replacement, you must get their installers to remove the Gutter Helmet and then re-install it after the roofing work. This is not something that is openly disclosed. As a result of not being aware of this aspect of the warranty, my warranty is void. And, to repair/replace the damaged system, they was almost 6k for 279 feet.

    I am currently considering Rhino Gutter Guard (Best). In addition, how does the Rhino Gutter Guard (Best) compare with the Gutterglove product?

    Thank-you.

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  2. JP  January 2, 2012

    I currently have Gutter Helmet and would not recommend it to anyone. Aside from the overshooting, if you ever need a roof replacement, you must get their installers to remove the Gutter Helmet and then re-install it after the roofing work. This is not something that is openly disclosed. As a result of not being aware of this aspect of the warranty, my warranty is void. And, to repair/replace the damaged system, they want almost 6k for 279 feet.

    I am currently considering Rhino Gutter Guard (Best). How does the Rhino Gutter Guard (Best) compare with the Gutterglove product?

    Thank-you.

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  3. Bartley  March 11, 2012

    Homeowners beware of Gutterglove in Washington state! It’s nnot always the product you need to investigate, it’s the owner’s. Anybody can be a dealer of the product, even if they have a history of doing dirty business or one of those contractor nightmares. So I stress to you, beware of who not what!

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    • Ken in Redmond, WA  April 11, 2012

      Can you be more specific? I am investigating GutterGlove in Redmond WA and I am told that there is only a single vendor in the are. Your comments sound ominous but lack specificity which I would be interested to hear.

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  4. Ryan  June 7, 2012

    We have been in the gutter business for 13 years now and are completely sold on the micro-mesh technology. I was wondering why the product Leaf Solution or Rhino guard was not reviewed. We currently install both and have had amazing results.

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  5. Terry Molloy  July 22, 2012

    After reading reviews on this site and others (this one is the best I found) plus C.R. I installed Gutterglove Pro on my house along with new gutters. I had the gutter people install the covers on the second story and I installed all lower ones. I was happy with how well they were made, although I don’t remember seeing the Dome Gutter guards when I did my research. They look equally well made and are listed as handling more water. So far I am happy with this product. I have yet to do an in depth investigation regarding how well they handle heavy rains. Casual observation through the window during rains has not revealed any significant problem. I live in Indianapolis, In and I do notice the little pipe cleaner like material the oak trees drop tend to get stuck at inside corners and need to be cleaned off. Most other stuff blows off. I did have a little trouble installing kick out flashing as it is made to dip into the gutter. I had to bent the Gutterglove to made it concave so the flashing would work. The cost of the material (I bought all of it, even what the gutter people installed) was almost $10/foot. If you could purchase the Dome product for much cheaper I would certainly consider that product as the review here is very good.

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  6. Ken Gulledge  December 2, 2012

    Hello,

    Our downstairs has flooded twice now due to gutters clogging and water cascading over the gutters on the front of the house, and seeping into the foundation. So I decided it’s time once and for all to take care of this problem. I’m over 50, and my wife doesn’t want me up on the roof cleaning gutters (frankly, I don’t like being up there either).

    I am, right now, working to decide which type of gutter guard to purchase. And it seems to me, that many homeowners are in the same quandary, trying to sift through the real vs. promotional testimonials. After many hours of online research, reading various product data and viewing YouTube videos of various products and testimonials, I’ve come to the conclusion that the micromesh solution would work best for our home. We live in Oregon, lots of pine, cedar, and deciduous trees all around our house. And it looks to me like micromesh is truly the answer to my problem.

    I had originally narrowed the decision down to two options: GutterGlove Pro, and MasterShield, leaning towards Gutterglove due to it’s stronger frame, and the fact that Mastershield has those ridges in the screen which I think might catch and hold small particles and build up over time. Interestingly, I did quite a bit of online research before I finally landed on this NCR page. And until I did, I had never even heard of GutterDome, which NCR seems to put at the top of the list with their testing, and by looking at the design, I would tend to agree. I like the idea of the slightly larger mesh which would be less likely to get plugged up by moss growth, and that the dome might stop more of the water from traveling over the screen and over the edge.

    So I thought I’d start posting here periodically here to pass on my experiences and ultimate decision.

    Last week, I sent a message through the GutterGlove website asking for a free, no obligation quote. I clicked on the “Find A Dealer” link for my area, and the result that came up was “Miller Exteriors & More”. However, when I received a telephone call from the local GutterGlove dealer, it was a different dealer, “Window World”. So either Miller Exteriors is no longer installing them, or their website just hasn’t been updated with a newer, more local dealer.

    So the sales guy came to my home. It was an early morning appointment, and he was a little late. We talked for a while, I asked questions. Although he was friendly and didn’t pressure me, It was immediately apparent that he was a window salesman was only minimally familiar with the GutterGlove product. In fact, I think I knew more about the product than he did, simply from reading the GutterGlove website. But he did bring samples, and I admit the product looked as robust and as well-made as I thought it would. Although he said Window World had done lots of installations of GutterGlove, I got the feeling that “lots” was a matter of interpretation, and that it was more like a “few”.

    He then went around my house, and measured off my gutters at 300′. He gave me a quote right on the spot of $5000 for the GutterGlove Pro (which works out to about $16.50 per foot, including cleaning gutters before install). He told me that they don’t play games with pricing, and he wouldn’t be calling me back to give me a lower price. They always quote their lowest price up front. Take it or leave it, he said. There was no pressure to sign anything immediately. I liked that. The funny part is, he did call me the next day to say that the company, Window World, just put an ad in the Oregonian (local newspaper) with a $250 off coupon for any of their services, windows or gutters or whatever else they do. He said he would honer that $250 off if I made the decision before the promotion deadline.

    As for Mastershield, I’ve contact them through their website, and their local franchise called me back the next day (apparently, that’s all they do…no windows or anything else). I set up an appointment for next week. Then, I was really disappointed when he asked me if I was married, and would both “decision makers” be there during the quote, because they can offer a substantial discount if we sign immediately while he is there. BIG red flag for what is sure to be a high pressure sales job. I told him that I would definitely NOT be making the decision while he is there, as I was getting multiple quotes from others. So he backed off that line, and we make the appointment.

    And lastly, just yesterday I sent a quote request through the GutterDome website, and now waiting to hear back.

    So that’s where I am right now. I’ll keep you posted.

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    • Ken Gulledge  December 6, 2012

      Update –
      I spoke with the GutterDome Rep. He told me that he could either sell the materials to me and show me how to install them myself, or he could contract with a local company that could install them for me. I thought that was a little strange because on the Gutterdome FAQ web page, it says they do not sell their product as a DIY item to homeowners, and that they must be installed by their approved installers. But the Rep said they are quite easy to install and he has sold a lot of the product direct to homeowners which has saved them lots of $$.

      He said if I purchased the materials and did it myself, the cost would be $5.60 per foot, plus about $20 for the screws, and plus the freight. Or, I could have them installed by a local company and it would cost $20 to $25 per foot.

      Obviously I wasn’t going to have them installed at $20 to $25 per foot, but the DIY option was definitely enticing. And since I have a very capable young man that I use to help me with small repair and remodeling projects around my house from time to time, he should be able to install these fairly easily. He charges me $25 per hour, and I figure that installing 300 ft (60 pcs) should take him 2 days (16 hours). So about $1,800 for the product and $400 for installation, that totals $2,200, which is less than half what I was quoted for GutterGlove installed.

      I told the Rep that I needed to think about it, and I still wanted to keep my options open and my appointment scheduled with MasterShield before making a decision.

      MasterShield called the next day to confirm our appointment. He asked me again if both “decision makers” would be present during his presentation, so that he could give us a big discount if we made the decision immediately while he was there. He also started asking questions about what kind of gutters I currently have, and their age, etc. He started eluding to the fact that if they aren’t in top-notch condition, that they would likely have to replace the gutters as well in order to keep the no-clog warranty on the guards. So, yet another red flag. I felt like he was trying to prepare me that he will very likely tell me I need new gutters before he can install the Mastershield guards.

      So that was the last straw for Mastershield. I was not interested in a high pressure in-house sales pitch. I cancelled the appointment and called my handyman person to show him the Gutterdome product and see if he would install them. He said yes, so I contacted the GutterDome rep and place the order.

      I’ll post again after installation.

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      • Ken Gulledge  December 16, 2012

        *Update*

        Gutterdome gutter guards were installed yesterday. My installer (who had never installed them before) had no trouble getting them on the gutters. I have a fairly shallow roof, and he was able to install them while sitting on the roof instead of using a ladder, which he said made it go much faster (although I wouldn’t recommend this unless you have a safety harness).

        It is raining today, and the thing I noticed right away was that water tends to drip over the front of the gutter more than it used to. I’m assuming this is due to the rain that hits the 1/2″ solid metal front of the guard and then rolls over the front. The water that drips is no more than the actual rain itself, but it does drip fairly consistently and noticeably over the entire length of the gutter. I’m a little disappointed about the dripping, but not something I can’t live with.

        My installer put up 300′ of guards (5′ strips) including making cuts for 10 corners, in less than 8 hours. Granted, he’s been in the home construction industry for his whole life, so I’m sure his time would be substantially faster than the typical homeowner.

        I went ahead and paid him the $400, even though it took far less time than I had estimated. So total cost was $2200 as planned.

        Now we just wait and see how they work over time!

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        • NCR  March 5, 2013

          Ken,

          Thank you for taking the time and posting your experience. We greatly appreciate this feedback as it helps us tremendously.

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  7. Steve S  January 26, 2013

    I have been looking for GUtter protection here in WI. While I got a quote for Leaf Guard, I am leaning to the micromesh design. So I got quotes from Leaf Filter and Gutter Guard. Just like Ken’s post GutterGuard quote was marketed as their lowest quote. About $16 per foot. It makes sense given the previous posters. 10 for materials , 5 for labor. Leaf FIlter was all over the board. Had a very low quote if I signed up for installation next week (several $100 lower) . It is 10 degrees outside. Does anyone know if it makes sense to install this product in winter? My shingles are frozen to the roof and facia, and some ice in gutters. I would guess they could easily break off if are worked on at this time. Both quotes include cleaning the gutters before hand. But how good can you clean them in winter. Do they use water flushes or blowers or vacuums?
    Last issue I am hung up on is if Gutter guard is such a stiff product, how does it flex for the pitch of the gutter. THe roof line is 0 degrees. Gutter pitch is what , 5 degrees? So doesnt the pressure of gutter guard lift up one end of the shingles? THanks for any comments on these issues.

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    • Steve S  February 5, 2013

      I decided to go with Leaf Filter. They sold me on not disturbing the shingles and that the poly material it is made of doesnt encourage ice dams , like a fully stainless steel product would. And they offered me a nice winter discount to give them the order in FEB. Hope that works out. I will update again after the install. ANd then in the fall after I can see them work once.

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      • NCR  March 5, 2013

        Steve,

        We have just concluded a Stereoscopic Microscopy Examination and Analysis of Micromesh Gutter Covers and Leaf Filter was amongst the products that we examined. We will post pictures soon – the leaf filter product was the most contaminated and corded product when viewed with a microscope.

        If you like you may purchase the Micromesh Gutter Covers Report to see the details prior to publication of some of the pictures and conclusions from that research.

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  8. Lena MSP  May 9, 2013

    I am in the process of getting quotes for gutters on my house and was wondering if you’d tested Versaguard. It’s a mesh system similar to the ones you review here.
    Thanks!

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  10. Scott  July 13, 2013

    I too am looking into a gutter guard system. I came across Evelyn’s Leaf Solution, which was not reviewed here. Do you have any opinions on their product?

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  11. jp  July 20, 2013

    I would interested to know if anyone has reviewed Rhino Guard gutter guards. I would also be interested to hear an assessment from anyone who may have installed Rhino Guard gutter guards.

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    • Enmanuel  October 12, 2013

      I have installed the rhino gutter guard for about 2 years and can handle water very good and is very similar to gutter glove but gutter glove is very expensive. rhino cost less that gutter glove.

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  12. Enmanuel  October 12, 2013

    Leaf solution Gutter Guard can handle more watter than gutter glove, I have test both products.

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  13. Leaf solution  October 12, 2013

    Stainless Steel Mesh + 3 Downward Seams + Sloped Install = The Best Gutter Protection System on the Market!
    If you want a gutter guard that nothing but water can get into and can take the heaviest of rains, you must get a free estimate for Leaf Solution. There is no product on today’s market that can outperform the Leaf Solution system gutter guards.

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    • Greg  December 23, 2013

      Hey Leaf Solution, how do you get all of that mud out of the gutters that flow through all micro mesh products? I bet you have to take off the system! More money, more money, more money on a system that is not 100% maintenance free. Keep your ladder with this product folks!
      Try Gorilla Gutter Guard with the worlds first and only built in cleaning system so you never have to use a ladder again to clean your gutter guards or gutters out!

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  14. Tom  November 25, 2013

    Leaf solution works ok until the roof gets hot and the shingle asphalt oils get on the screen and clog the screen, Or the speed bumps get filled with shingle grit and allows water to flow over.

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    • Tom  January 20, 2014

      So True, Same problem I currently have with the high priced “MasterShield Gutter Protection” I regretfully had installed years ago.

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