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Reverse Curve Gutter Guards

 

 
Overview
 

Preferred Manufacturers: Gutter Cap, Gutter Helmet, Gutter Topper Gutter Helmet is our top preferred manufacturer because of its large dealer network that allows for the product to be readily available to all consumers. Our research has also proven that Gutter Helmet is one of the first manufacturers in the reverse curve gutter guard industry. In addition, we like that Gutter Helmet gutter guards do not require a gutter replacement.
 
Guard Technology:
 
Price
7.0


 
Warranty
9.0


 
Build Quality
6.0


 
Debris Resistance
8.0


 
Water Flow
7.0


 
Total Score
7.4


 

Positives


Moderately priced, Long-lasting warranties

Negatives


May impact your roof, Lets small debris inside


Bottom Line

Reverse curve gutter guards work on a basic concept: cover your gutters with a “hood”-like topper that keeps leaves out and lets water in. These gutter guards use reverse-curve technology where water is intended to curl around a front-facing lip due to surface tension while leaves and other debris blow off the front of the […]

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Posted August 28, 2015 by

 
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Reverse curve gutter guards work on a basic concept: cover your gutters with a “hood”-like topper that keeps leaves out and lets water in. These gutter guards use reverse-curve technology where water is intended to curl around a front-facing lip due to surface tension while leaves and other debris blow off the front of the hood. Reverse curve gutter guards along with one-piece systems that replace your gutters both use reverse curves. We found that reverse curve systems had a few drawbacks compared to their one-piece counterparts. While the cost of reverse curve gutter systems are cheaper, as they are an add-on to your existing gutters, these systems usually affix to your roof line or sit under your shingles.

While our tests did not show conclusive evidence that hooded systems cause damage to your roof, we suspect that over time it may cause damage from rotting and leaks, especially as water expands and contracts in freeze/thaw cycles during the winter. Reverse curve systems share the downside of one piece systems that they usually can be difficult to clean. Small debris made it through the reverse curve in our tests, following water around the edge and into the gutter. This is more pronounced with muddy mixtures and smaller items that can mix well with the water.

We did like the price of reverse curve systems compared to one piece systems, and liked the peace of mind that their warranties offered. For homeowners that are looking to avoid personally addressing issues with their gutters, having the gutter guard company clean the system out for you is encouraging. Overall, the reverse curve gutter guards systems were average in our experience.

 


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