I just watched a video posted to YouTube where a sales person for a competitor’s system tries to explain how a micro mesh gutter guard filter works. What that person said got me scratching my head because it made no sense. And it seemed like a good reason to explain how micro mesh gutter guards start to work.
First, you’ve got to see what happens when you run water over a dry piece of product.
If you do, the micro mesh gutter guards filter will actually not work at all, it will track all the water right off the front.
Priming Micro Mesh Gutter Guards Filter
We call what needs to occur “priming” the filter. And priming naturally occurs every time it rains.
You see, the first drops of water that hit micro mesh gutter guards come straight down from the sky. And raindrops create the first water path–straight down through the filter. Through the force of gravity alone, light rain or heavy rain hits or pounds on the filter in a vertical path. This sets the direction along which the water will want to flow long before the rain that hits your roof actually starts flowing down it towards the gutter guards.
The beauty of this priming process is that it always happens at the right speed for the product to handle the rain water. If you live in a heavy-pollen area and it’s the time of year where everything is coated with the stuff, you might get a little run off over the filter in a few spots as the micro mesh cleans itself of any dusty or oily debris like pollen on the filter’s surface.
Gutter guard inventor Alex Higginbotham will tell you you can hear an audible “pop” when the system starts working, but I can’t say I’ve ever heard the sound myself (and I keep listening for it, too).
Keep in mind, if you have an air conditioner compressor and its drip line runs onto any micro mesh, the water won’t go into the filter. Because it never gets the chance to prime! The initial way the water is traveling is over the woven surface, not straight down from the sky. This can also happen if you have snow melting off a roof and onto a dry section of micro mesh.
Now that you know how a micro mesh starts working, I’m sure you can teach a salesperson or two something that they probably don’t know, or will wind up learning here.
Anything else you’ve heard that just doesn’t make sense to you? Let us know and we’ll answer your question in a future blog post.
Postscript: That guy that made the YouTube video? He switched products and now sells MasterShield.