MicroScreen Gutter Guard FAQ
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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