There are many different Gutter Guard products on the market that go by many different names and tell you many different reasons why they are the best. But what are the primary reasons you are getting gutter guard and what should you look for.

  1. Durability
  2. Aperture size and design type
  3. Ease of cleaning


Durability is very important, however be careful not to compromise the performance or the ability of your Gutter Guard to do it’s job just so that you have a product that lasts a long time. The result of going down this path is that you will very quickly end up removing your long lasting gutter guard because your gutters are full of rubbish with plants growing out of it and the only way to fix it is by taking the mesh out. We all know that it will never go back in the same as it was, if at all.

Aperture size and design type

What is aperture size and why is that important. Aperture size is just the size of the holes in the mesh.

Why is it important, is just common sense, the larger the holes the more debris that gets through or gets caught in your Gutter Guard. This then creates a beutiful seed bed under your Gutter Guard for some hydroponics to start growing your next crop of grass/weeds etc out of your gutters.

What do you mean by design type? why is that important? There are many different designs to different Gutter Guards which mean that they have different impacts on your roof, your gutters and the habitat in your gutters. The ultimate gutter guard will have very low impact on your gutters and your roof and provide a healthy environment in your gutter, that is plenty of air and sunshine so that your gutters dry out quickly and are therefore unlikely to grow mould, moss, plants and rust.

So the ultimate design is small holes, but allows lots of sun and air flow through into the gutters.

Ease of cleaning

Some many people are being told that GutterGuards are maintenance free. This is simply not true. No matter what product you have, you have to clean your gutters out. How often you have to clean them out will depend on many different factors, such as:

  1. Type of roof material (Tiles V Metal) and design of that material
  2. Style of gutter (not all gutters are the same)
  3. Fall in your gutters (not all installations are perfect)
  4. Climate that you live in
  5. Location and quantity of leaf and dust that falls on your roof
  6. Prevailing winds or protection from winds
  7. GutterGuard design

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it does show that there is no hard and fast rule. My advice would be to get up on your roof after 6 months and flush your gutters out. If there is nothing in them, then maybe wait a year or two before you flush them out again. Every house is different and every part of your home will be different.

The design of your mesh will determine how easy it is to clean. If you have thick strands or a pressed metal mesh, these tend to be more difficult to clean.


I hope this has helped in trying to understand what you need to look for in a GutterGuard, if you have any questions because of this article and or you would like a written quote, please call GutterMesh on 1800 68 99 44 or email me on