MicroScreen Gutter Guard FAQ

MicroScreen performs well in any environment, which is why it is our best selling gutter guard. Its stainless steel micromesh screen keeps out all leaves and debris, including seed pods, oak tassels, pine needles and other small debris. Even shingle granules are too large to penetrate MicroScreen.

MicroScreen Gutter Guard is a must for any home or building that has metal, slate and tile roofs. Due to the smooth surface of these types of roofs, water flows off the surface considerably faster than asphalt shingle roofs, and MicroScreen has proven to handle the increased water flow extremely well.

Yes. MicroScreen includes a transferable, lifetime NO-CLOG warranty when installed by Gutter Guards Direct, in which we will clean your gutters at no charge if your gutters ever clog!
Both versions of MicroScreen install with a forward pitch, which will help leaves and debris blow and wash off the gutter guard surface. While any gutter guard is subject to standing leaves and debris on its surface, it most frequently happens when it rains, as falling leaves and debris are heaviest and can stick. Even if debris collects on the screen, thousands of tiny openings in the micro mesh screen will continue to draw water into the gutter. MicroScreen’s open framework promotes air circulation around the debris and, as it dries, any lingering leaves will flutter to the ground.

A gutter guard is only as good as its end caps, and this is often overlooked by inexperienced installers. MicroScreen uses a self-capping system in that we extend the gutter guard beyond the gutter and fashion a built-in end cap from the guard. This will keep breeding birds, squirrels, bees, and mosquitoes out of your gutters.

Keeping critters out is vitally important because nesting rodents and birds will clog your gutters that can cause interior and exterior water damage. Squirrels also use gutters as a gateway into interior spaces, such as attics, so making sure the gutter guards are properly sealed is paramount to a successful installation.

MicroScreen works using the physical principle called Capillary Action that when liquid comes in contact with porous material, it creates a draw. With MicroScreen, water molecules adhere to the tiny openings in the stainless steel micromesh screen, and then is drawn by a gravitational pull through the louvered openings of the aluminum gutter guard frame into the gutter below.
MicroMesh Gutter Guard is made from a single piece of heavy-gauge, roll formed aluminum with surgical-grade stainless steel screen that is incorporated into the aluminum frame during the manufacturing process.

Single-piece aluminum creates structural rigidity that is critical keeping the gutter guards working under heavy loads from ice, snow, falling branches and wet debris. The surgical grade stainless steel is heavy duty so that it will maintain its shape, withstand falling branches, debris, and won’t rust or deteriorate over time.

MicroScreen exceeds the performance of other micro mesh gutter guard systems from LeafFilter, GutterGlove and Rhino, and is at the top of the pack in terms of quality of construction, life expectancy and value.
MicroScreen’s stainless steel mesh screen is following a trend by manufacturers that are slightly increasing the hole sizes in order to allow more water and microscopic debris to flow through the screen into the gutter. The screen hole openings in MicroScreen are small enough to keep shingle granules out of your gutters. MicroScreen is a versatile gutter guard that will work well on homes with any style of roof — from asphalt shingle to metal, pitched or flat.
No. Every micromesh gutter guard on the market today has a different design. While the principle of how they work is the same, product design results if vastly different performance metrics.

For example, the original micromesh gutter guard, LeafFilter — named a Consumer Reports’ top pick in 2010 — is made of plastic (PVC) and does not stand-up well in heat. Plastic expands and contracts, warps, and prematurely ages from constant exposure to UV rays and changing temperatures. Aluminum, on the other hand, is dimensionally stable with a very long life expectancy, and excellent performance characteristics regardless of color, size and shape.

YES. This is the most common question we receive from prospective customers. MicroScreen’s surgical grade stainless steel screen has thousands of holes per square inch, and the water flows right through the screen and into your gutters. We have tested the screen in extremely heavy rain, and it works every time — even if debris is on top of the gutter guards!
We offer two versions of MicroScreen: one that installs within the gutter, whereby it attaches to the front lip and fascia boards with screws, and a version that slides under the first course of roof shingles and attaches to the gutter lip with 1/2″ sheet metal screws.

The great news is that with MicroScreen, you choose your installation method.

The advantages of installing within the gutter are that it is independent of the roof system, so it will not be disturbed when you reroof your house, installing with screws in the front and back of the guards significantly strengthens and reinforces your gutters (no more sagging gutters!), and it’s the best choice for metal roof system because it will handle the increased water flow off the metal, and it doesn’t interfere with the metal roof and drip edge systems.

The under shingle (US) version gives you the advantage of mimicking the roof slope, easier installation, and the longer panels act as a drip edge by preventing water from wicking under the shingles and rotting away the roof decking and fascia boards.

No. Gutter guards that install under shingles DO NOT void roof shingle warranties. This is a myth that has been blown out of proportion by gutter guard manufacturers and dealers that sell gutter guards that cannot be installed under shingles. Gutter guards that install under shingles can actually be a huge improvement to controlling water around your roof line because the longer panels double as a drip edge and direct water into the gutters rather than allowing it to wick under the shingles and down the fascia boards, behind the gutters.

It used to be that gutter guard companies such as GutterHelmet and Gutter Guardian would nail or screw their gutter guard systems to the roof decking, either on top of or below the shingles. If water damaged occured because of nails, shingle manufacturers voided warranties since the shingles were altered by a third party and were not related to the shingles or shingle installation. Ironically, we frequently see gutter guards that are nailed to roof decks, often by roofers who are replacing roofs and are looking for a quick and easy way to keep the gutter guards in place.

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