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Monday, April 28, 2014

Mico Mesh Gutter Filters Can Lead to Corrosion

By Tony Iannelli
Inventor of Gutter Topper and founder and owner, Gutter Covers International


If you are looking for a solution to gutter clogs for your home, you probably start online with a Google search – and then end up scratching your head with all the choices available to you. The leader in online “hype” now appears to be micro mesh gutter filters, but there’s a critical problem with these filters that many consumers don’t know about – the products have a design and manufacturing flaw that leads to rust and corrosion.

The micro-mesh filter is designed to sit on top of your gutter and seal your gutter while water is supposed to keep flowing through the micro holes in the product, and nothing else enters your gutters. One company even advertises that not even a grain of sand will enter your gutters.

What these companies don’t tell you is what happens to these micro-mesh filters over time. The filters often are manufactured with a combination of stainless steel and aluminum. So what’s wrong with that? When you add water from a rainfall, you now have the perfect prescription for a “galvanic reaction” between the metals – or, in simple terms, corrosion and rust.
Corrosion caused by aluminum reacting with stainless steel.
We have seen the micro-mesh filters eaten away by rust and destroyed over time by this common chemical reaction. The filters then separate or collapse into your gutters, and your only choice then is to replace them with a gutter guard that will work.

Sure, you can find videos online from manufacturers showing micro-mesh filters performing well. But it’s tougher to find videos showing what happens to these products over time – and time is the true enemy of micro-mesh filters because rust never sleeps.

Since micro-mesh products are filters, they also have to be cleaned, just like any other filter. Imagine using the same coffee filter again and again. The coffee sediment builds up on the bottom and eventually water does not flow through the filter. The same thing eventually happens to filters in your gutters.
Clogged micro-mesh filters can result in waterfalls that damage your landscaping and foundation.
Our independent gutter experts have seen micro-mesh filters coated with slippery moss and other debris so thick that even scrubbing could barely help. And with the filters so clogged, homeowners then had waterfalls running over their gutters because the water could not flow through the clogged holes.

So what can you do? I recommend that you talk to a gutter protection expert to analyze your specific gutter clog problems and then recommend the right product to address those problems. For example, the same product may not perform well for a problem with pine tree needles as it does for deciduous trees and debris clogs. And that’s why Gutter Covers International has a product for each one of those needs.

Before you invest your hard-earned dollars in the latest hyped product, just ask yourself a simple question: Are you really saving money and ending your gutter clog problems if you have to continually get up on the roof and clean the filters or watch them eventually rust away? Please contact your local Gutter Topper Retailer for the right answer to your specific gutter protection needs.

As a general contractor and craftsman, Tony Iannelli saw the damage caused by clogged gutters, and he knew he could invent a solution in his workshop. That invention was Gutter Topper, which then led to his company, Gutter Covers International, developing a series of gutter protection products. Since then, millions of feet of Tony's gutter protection products have been installed in over 200 markets across the USA, Canada and Europe.

Monday, April 21, 2014

April Showers Bring May Gutter Clogs



By Tony Iannelli
Inventor of Gutter Topper and founder and owner, Gutter Covers International

Have the spring waterfalls started flowing yet from your gutters? Many homeowners don’t realize they have a problem with clogged gutters until the first hard spring rains come. Then they find water pooling in their landscaping – and worse yet – they learn that water has damaged their foundation. But this is all preventable.

Like most homeowners, I’m sure you have seen many ads, discount coupon mailers and coupon magazines offering the “next best thing” in gutter guards. You can look at your gutters and know you have a problem, but what is the best solution for your specific gutter clog problems?

The free Complete Guide to Gutter Protection offers an overview of gutter protection choices. Click to download it.
There really is no “one size fits all” solution, which is why we work hard to help customers make educated choices. That’s why we offer a free “Complete Guide to Gutter Protection” that reviews all of the gutter protection choices available to you. Our goal is try to take the hype out of gutter protection and help you make the proper choice for your investment.

Unfortunately, spring is also the time when many disreputable companies come out of the woodwork and prey on homeowners, especially older people who can’t do work around the house that they once could. These companies sweep through neighborhoods, sell unsuspecting homeowners on a gutter guard solution, and then they are gone with the wind when their gutter guard product fails. 

But you can protect yourself by reading the Complete Guide to Gutter Protection and then learning a few key things about the contractor:

  • Reputation and knowledge -- In most cases, you don’t stay in business very long if you sell inferior products or have shoddy workmanship. You can also easily gain a lot of valuable information by contacting your area Better Business Bureau.
  • Training -- A quality product is only as good as its installation. Ask whether installers have been trained to properly install the products they are selling. Even the best products can fail if they are not installed properly. And ask if the contractor will be using sub-contractors, which can lead to problems.
  • Has the gutter guard product been independently tested? – Anybody can say they have a great product. But you’ll find that products that have been independently tested will stand up to years of weather, and that’s where you want to make your investment.

      Choosing the right gutter protection system can be one of the smartest home investments you make. Besides keeping you safe and off the roof, you’ll also be investing in an even more precious commodity – your time. 

And wouldn’t you rather be enjoying the great weather with your family instead of doing a dangerous and messy gutter cleanup job?

As a general contractor and craftsman, Tony Iannelli saw the damage caused by clogged gutters, and he knew he could invent a solution in his workshop. That invention was Gutter Topper, which then led to his company, Gutter Covers International, developing a series of gutter protection products. Since then, millions of feet of Tony's gutter protection products have been installed in over 200 markets across the USA, Canada and Europe.