Gutter Cap vs Traditional Gutter Guards

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!


  • Designed in Illinois in 1993
  • Made with Heavy Gauge Aluminum Alloy
  • Patented Channeling System
  • Retrofit System
  • Low Profile Mount
  • Factory Certified Installers
  • Transferable Lifetime Warranties


  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Proven track record of performance
  • Panels won’t warp or collapse
  • Incidental debris won’t clog gutters
  • Custom fits to existing gutters
  • Great curb appeal
  • Free transfer to next homeowner





No Clog Channeling System

Retrofit System

Low-Profile Design for Added Curb Appeal

Heavy Gauge Aluminum Alloy

Attractive & Durable Gutter Protection

How Gutter Cap Works

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.

The Gutter Cap Advantage

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 Installation

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.