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Types of Gutter Guards

Gutter guards do what their name suggests – they protect your gutter from getting clogged or damaged. Overflowing rain can cause water damage to your house. If debris clogs your gutters, they won’t be able to move the water away from your home. Also, clogged gutters may sag and pull away from the roof. These problems could cause structural damage or mold growth. Clean gutter guards are the best and most convenient way to protect your gutters. It’s important to know about all the types of gutter guards available.

Reverse curve

The reverse curve gutter guard has side slots and a solid cover. This gutter guard design allows debris to freely fall to the ground. It also prevents leaves and twigs from collecting in the gutter. By following a roof’s natural slope, the reverse curve guard allows water to flow unobstructed. 

Gutter brush

Also known as a bottle brush guard, a gutter brush guard is the least expensive and one of the easiest types of guard to install. It resembles an upright bristle brush. Installers insert the guards inside the gutter, which prevents debris from accumulating. It allows thawed snow and rain to flow freely inside the gutter and away from your house. In case any lightweight debris gets trapped atop the brush, it will be blown away by wind or washed away eventually (without clogging the gutter).

Mesh or screen guards

These types of gutter guards are designed to prevent every kind of debris, from leaves and twigs to small grains of sand, from entering the gutter. They are made of stainless steel and attach to an aluminum frame that is fitted under the roofing shingles. They are easy to install and durable. It’s an ideal solution for people who collect and use rainwater. However, many experts suggest to check and clean the mesh regularly to prevent clogging.

Non-gutter cover

These covers look like window blinds. Their design allows them to replace gutters with very thin aluminum louvers that direct or channel water away from your roof. The rain or thawed ice hits the louvers, which deflects away from the roof and your house. This type of gutter guard is the best choice for people who don’t want to have visible gutters and downspouts on their home’s exterior. They are also known as louvered gutter guards.


Nylon gutter guards are not attached to roofing shingles. Their design allows them to slip easily into the gutters. They are ideal for stopping the accumulation of ice and snow in the gutter. They allow more space in the gutter for the water to flow through. Nylon gutter guards are most practical for wintertime.


Made from a porous polyurethane substance, foam-filler guards fit perfectly into the gutter to block all materials from entering and collecting in the gutter (except liquids). They help minimize the development of molds, mildew, and fungus in the gutter.

1-800-HANSONS is here to help you with all of your gutter guard installation. Our gutter guards will help keep mud, dirt, leaves, snow, and ice out of your gutters so water can enter and flow freely and away from your house. Contact 1-800-HANSONS for a free gutter guard estimate today to learn more!

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