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Gutter Cap VS gutter guards. Your comparison guide!

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Getting ready to save yourself the headache of cleaning your gutters by installing a gutter protection system? Outstanding, you are in the right place! The number of options available to homeowners to protect their gutters can be bewildering, but we are here to help. Here at Gutter Cap, we make every effort to ensure that you as the homeowner can make an educated and well-informed decision in protecting your home.

What are gutter guards?

Gutter guards are a simple mesh filter that sits on top of your gutter. It can either be taped into place or installed with screws, with one half of the filter tucked under your first roofing shingle. We are always leery of gutter protection systems that are installed with non-permanent fixtures like glue or tape. Imagine the worst wind storm that has ever hit your home, and ask yourself: would something taped to my gutter stay attached during a forceful wind storm? Probably not, and there is no reason to take the risk.

Gutter guards are effective at preventing large debris from entering your gutter – think of leaves and branches and similarly sized clutter. Difficulties can arise when the gutter guards, which sits on top of your gutter like a strainer, fills in with smaller debris like seeds, needles, or roofing granules. The filter simply ceases to work until it is cleaned, which requires you to climb a ladder to access the filter.

What materials do gutter guards come in?

Gutter guards come in a variety of materials, from vinyl plastic on the low end to anodized aluminum on the high end. Of course, we would not recommend installing any temporary gutter solution if you do not intend to revisit your gutter protection project in the near future, so we do not recommend vinyl plastic. It does not perform well in the open elements such as constant sunlight, which is why homes are not shingled with vinyl roofing tiles.

How does Gutter Cap compare?

Ultimately, which gutter protection system is best for you depends on a number of factors. If you are very budget conscious, an off-the-shelf gutter guard is the cheapest option in upfront costs if you opt to install it yourself. That being said, we would encourage you to consider long term costs for your project: should your gutter guard fail or become clogged with debris, you will be in the same predicament you are in today, with effectively unprotected gutters that require regular and expensive maintenance!

Gutter Cap, by comparison, requires no maintenance of any kind. Our solution is not a grate that sits on top of your gutter, but a shaped metal dome that uses the surface tension of water to separate rain runoff from gutter-clogging debris. As a result, no amount of debris can clog your Gutter Cap protected gutters, as the debris simply rolls off your roof.

Here at Gutter Cap, our gutter protection product can offer you unmatched savings and relaxation at home. We invented our patented solution since we were unimpressed with the other gutter protection products on the market, as their designs clogged so easily and preventably. With our unique, coated Gutter Cap, you have all the advantages of a protected gutter, without the need to worry about your gutter guard becoming clogged. Give us a call today and we will answer any questions you may have, as well as provide you with a in-home consultation and price quote!

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Gutter Cap installs over the first row of shingles and gutter.  The majority of debris is pushed off by the wind.  The remainder is flushed off through the principle of surface tension.  Rainwater adheres to the Gutter Cap and drains into the gutter while the debris falls to the ground.

There is consumer awareness that metal dome gutter protection systems are the most effective.  Gutter Cap takes the design even further with a fully rounded nose, and a patented trough system.  Gutter Cap has an installation training facility available in Chicago.  All installers that have passed the rigorous training course become factory certified.

Gutter Cap can be installed on almost any type of roof, shingle type, and pitch from flat roofs to mansards.  The patented design allows gutter cap to mount directly to the lip of the gutter without the use of clumsy brackets or clips.  The panel follows the contour of the roof and blends in with the roofline making it practically invisible. 

Why a Gutter Cap System

Why go through the misery of cleaning your gutters, Install Gutter Cap!



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Protect Your Entire


A Gutter Cap System will protect your entire home from the foundation up to the roof. A clogged gutter can cause damage that can have significant impacts on your home. Gutter Cap will make sure your home asset is protected!

Roof Damage

Water in Basement

Fascia & Wood Rot

Foundation Damage


At Gutter Cap we make customer satisfaction our main priority.  See what our clients have to say:


Great product!  Gutter Caps do what they are supposed to do…keep leaves and debris out of the gutters!  I’ve had this system on my home for 12 years and couldn’t be happier.


Brian, Davenport IA

I’m glad I found them – they do great work, completed my project in a single day, and my entire experience from start to finish was excellent. The workmanship of the installation is really first class from end-to-end and I didn’t have to supervise a single thing, and there was nothing I’d change


Neil, Naperville IL

A really good product from a company who began gutter protection over 20 years ago. They have been innovators in the business for years.


John, Branson MO


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