The reverse curve technology dates back over one hundred years. The first patent was taken out by George Cassen in June 23, 1908. This system has been modified in many ways over the past years by well over 100 venders.
Surface tension guides water into the gutter. The debris from trees and roof shingles is supposed to fall off with the water. This does not always happen and the aperture and gutter gets clogged and needs cleaning. Also, the aperture is access to wasps, birds and rodents to nest. Most of these systems are made of aluminum sheet metal of different gauges. Some screw into your roof decking which should be avoided.
We are in the process of revising this review. GutterMagic, GutterGuardian, ClearWater and TruGuard are made by Quality Edge Inc. – The Company has written us a few letters stating that the products are very different from each-other (we assume in performance and structure). Although at the time we wrote the review the information seemed to be relevant we would like to take the time to revisit Quality Edge’s product offerings and do a more thorough review that you have come to expect from us.
We are now in the process of reviewing GutterMagic, GutterGuardian, ClearWater and TruGuard as separate products to see what (if any) differences are present in product performance and durability. We will get back to you as soon as we have updates – as always, we thank you for taking the time to read our page.
Products we have reviewed
Best Gutter Guard - 2017
Best Gutter Guard - 2017
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Pricing was all over the map. Reportedly, salesmen try to sell these products from as high as $38.00 per foot to as low as $23.00. We found misrepresentation in the per foot quotation as they would quote $14 a foot then added extras bring it up to well over $25 a foot. Buyer Beware! (includes installation)
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What works, What works well and What doesn’t work:
We found all of these brands to be so similar that the only significant difference is in the marketing approach. When we attempted to obtain an interviews (by pretending to be a homeowner prospect ourselves) we were given the “hard sell” by each of the sales representative who called on us. As a Reviewer, I found this unpleasant and uncomfortable.
The home demonstration unit was very impressive, however. I was shown a demo unit with water running down a miniature roof and into the reverse curve product. It was a little amazing to see the water curve and follow the product. I asked what would happen if we increased or decreased the water flow and was told it wouldn’t matter, but the salesman refused to demonstrate this. On our own, we tested this and found that the demo only works at a predetermined rate of water flow. We concluded that in a heavy rain, water would run over. In our own test, it poured over. With a very light water flow (light rain) the water flow was insufficient to keep out leaves in our test.
They clogged on the outside and seed pods, pine needles and grit easily followed the water into the gutter. We concluded that this product is a poor product if a homeowner has a lot of trees, but would probably work fairly well if few trees, leaves, pine needles, etc. were present. However, the high pressure, “one-call close” sales presentation and the high pricing really turned us off.
Two additional notes, these products are not heavy duty and will easily dent or crush. They probably cost 1/10 as much to manufacture as the Micro-Mesh category, yet the pricing is as high or higher, presumably for sales commissions and profit. Also, we don’t want to imply that all sales people selling these products were high pressure, only the ones we met.
We have no ownership interest in any product manufactures being reviewed.
‘The Original GutterGuardian’ logo and name is a registered trademark of Dixie HomeCrafters, Inc. ‘Gutter Magic’ logo and name may be a registered trademark of Gutter Magic. ‘Gutter Helmet’ is a registered trademark of Southeastern Metals Mfg Co., Inc. ‘The Original GutterGuard’ logo and name is a registered trademark of Dixie HomeCrafters, Inc. ‘K GUARD’ logo is a registered trademark of K-Guard LLC. ‘LeafGuard’ is a registered trademark of LeafGuard Gutter Systems, Inc. GutterMagic, GutterGuardian, ClearWater and TruGuard are trademarks of Quality Edge Inc.( See Copyright Information)