How Much Do Gutter Guards Cost? Part 1 – Product Costs

Why is the idea of getting an idea of what gutters protection costs such a secret? Your a homeowner, you know you’ve got a problem with your gutters that you finally want resolved and in order to get to resolution, you’ve got jump through hoops to get an estimate? Why don’t we try to take some of the mystery out of the equation.
Professionally Installed MasterShield Gutter Cover
The cost of installing gutters protection is going to start out with the cost of the product that’s being installed. This is where you, the homeowner, has to make a decision- do I want anything, just a cheap fix, or do I want a permanent solution to the reason why I want gutters protection in the first place? If you don’t put emphasis on the value your trying to get out of your purchase, you’ll focus on cost, not performance.

This can be risky when it comes to gutters protection. Seriously, you’re not just buying yourself less time up a ladder to clean your gutters, you’re actually buying protection against basement flooding, rotten framing on your home — even animals getting in and destroying your attic insulation. Ever deal with any of these problems (that likely had its genesis in a clogged gutter, we may add)? Then you know you laid out serious money to deal with work on a grand scale and you don’t want to go through THAT expense again.

But we digress. The cost of the actual gutters protection has a lot of variables built into it — sometimes. In the case of MasterShield, we use only surgical grade stainless steel, we custom weave it to meet the parameters of the Higginbotham ratio (no stock filters for us) and we send it and a giant coil of aluminum through a massive machine designed to make hundreds of bends, folds and punches in it before you get to a single piece of MasterShield. There is also a cost involved to license the rights to use Alex Higginbotham’s patented technology. And with that comes constant innovation to stay on the cutting edge of microfiltration and patenting all of these discoveries. (If you could see all the prototypes in Alex’s workshop, you’d understand.)

We also have to cover other overhead costs: manufacturing, staff, insurance premiums, legal expenses, etc. And yes there’s some profit in it.

Compare that to a similarly priced piece of curved gutter guard, because many of them are at a similar price point to MasterShield: just a few bends in a single piece of metal. No patent protection, the design has been around since 1908. Built into this gutter guard? A lot of profit for whoever’s making it, if you ask us.

Then there are the other microfilters. Many are jumping on the Higginbotham bandwagon and saying, “look at us, too!” Frankly, there are a lot of companies selling micromesh gutter guards that should take a very close look at Higginbotham’s patents; we think that most would find they infringe on his technology and should stop using it without permission. Not very nice to take from someone without paying for the rights to use it, folks.

That being said, we’re also witnessing a wave of products that are nothing more than a piece of stainless steel filter! Does anyone want to say “de-evololution” of a great technology before we do? Take Alex’s and our word on this, you wouldn’t be doing yourself a favor just to make sure your gutter guard is made of stainless steel. Then you’d only be focused on the tip of the iceberg.

When Alex Higginbotham sees this stuff, he just cringes. There are reasons that a microfilter-based gutter guard has elements like his patented downward/upward extensions in it’s design. He doesn’t design his products without them because, plain and simple, he knows they are destined to fail no matter what their manufacturer promises.

So, while you might like the price of some of these other products, the ultimate cost to you might be quite different from what you wanted out of your gutters protection.

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MasterShield manufactures gutter guards and gutter heaters for your exterior home improvement needs.
Our innovative microfiltration technology saves homeowners time, effort and money from cleaning out, repairing and replacing unprotected gutters.
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Paterson, NJ 07514