ArmourGuard vs. Reverse Curve Gutter Guards

Reverse Curve Gutter Guards – How They Work And Compare

The Reverse Curve Gutter Guards are the oldest technology dating back to the early 1900’s. Many different brands have incorporated design changes to improve the performance and durability. Water tension, sometimes referred to as surface tension or water adhesion, guides the water into the gutter system. The design requires an opening of ¼” to 1” on the front nose of the gutter cover. This design works well to shed larger leaves and debris but smaller particulates such as seed pods, small leaves and pine needles are trapped in the flowing water and dragged into that opening causing the nose or even the gutter to clog.  Additionally it creates an opening where, bees, birds, mice and other small animals build nests, again causing the gutter system to be clogged.

They are made from a variety of different materials such as plastic or aluminum sheet metal.  The aluminum products are more durable than the plastics, but are still subject to damage due to falling limbs, hail, or heavy snow and ice. 

An area of concern has to do with the installation of the product.  Many installers are unfamiliar with proper installation procedures and will nail or screw the product to the roof decking.  This often creates Roof and Gutter problems over time and should be avoided.

Reverse Curve products were generally rated fair with Consumers Reports and did not perform well under heavy rains. 

Examples of Reverse Curve Gutter Guards: Gutter Helmet, LeafGuard™, Gutter Topper, LeaFree™, Leafproof® 

In contrast the Reverse Curve Gutter Guards – How They Work And Compare 

The ArmourGuard family of micro-mesh systems are able to filter out the smallest debris, including shingle grit, which make them the most desirable type of gutter protection systems.  Consumer Reports Magazine in September 2010 favored this type of gutter guard system because of their ability to filter out debris and, in most cases, handled the most amount of water without over shooting the gutters.

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Comparison of Reverse Curve Products

Manufacturer Style Rain/Hr Material Thickness System## Installs Under Shingle Profile Screws to Roof
ArmourGaurd Supreme&trade Micro Mesh 150" Extruded Alum .1 inch Sealed Filtration Design No Low Slim Profile No
LeafGuard™ Reverse Curve 32" Aluminum ** 0.032 inch 1/2" Open Nose Design No Bulky Unconventional No
Gutter Topper Reverse Curve 22 Aluminum ** 0.024 inch 1/2" Open Nose Design Yes *** Very High Profile Yes #
Gutter Helmet Reverse Curve 22 Aluminum ** N/A 5/8" Open Nose Design Yes *** Moderatly High Profile Yes #
WaterFall® Reverse Curve 10" Plastic * N/A 2 - 1/2" Open Nose Slots No Low Profile No
Free Flow Reverse Curve 10" Aluminum ** .024 inch 1/2" Open Nose Design Yes *** Moderatly High Profile No
GuttaGard ™ Reverse Curve 6" Aluminum ** .016 inch 3/8" Open Nose Design Yes *** Moderatly High Profile No
LeafOff™ Reverse Curve 24" Aluminum ** 0.24 3/8" Open Nose Design Yes *** Moderatly High Profile No
LeafX® Clean Gutter Reverse Curve N/A Aluminum ** 0.024 inch 1/2" Slotted Open Nose Yes *** Moderatly High Profile No
Leafproof® Reverse Curve 22" Aluminum ** 0.024 inch 1/4" Slotted Open Nose Yes *** Moderatly High Profile No
LeaFree™ Reverse Curve 14" Aluminum ** 0.024 inch 1/2" Slotted Open Nose Yes *** Moderatly High Profile No
Hallett Gutter Cover® Reverse Curve 6" Aluminum ** 0.024 inch 1/4" Slotted Open Nose Yes *** Moderatly High Profile No
GUTTERMONSTER® Reverse Curve 10" Aluminum ** N/A 1/2" Open Nose Design Yes *** Very High Profile No
Gutter Cap Standard Reverse Curve N/A Aluminum ** 0.025 inch 1/2" Open Nose Design Yes *** Moderatly High Profile Yes #

 

* Plastic can warp with heat and cold causing the cover to become brittle and crack.

** Thinner gauge aluminum is vulnerable unsightly dents due to hail or falling limbs.

*** Installing gutter guards under the shingle can void certain shingle warranties.

# Screwing the gutter cover to the roof can cause leaks. This also prevents the cover from moving due to expansion and contraction potentially causing damage to the gutter ,cover and roof.

## Open Nose (slotted or unslotted) will allow debries to enter. Sealed Filtration Designs are completely sealed and will not allow debris to enter the gutter.