Micro Mesh Gutter Guards – What You Need to Know

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MasterShield uses a stainless steel micro filter to shed debris.

When trees start to blossom in the spring, you’ll be happiest with micro mesh gutter guards from MasterShield featuring the latest gutter protection technology from inventor Alex Higginbotham.

MasterShield Micro Mesh Gutter Guards Technology

In a field where no one recommended using a filter finer than a window screen for fear it would keep out the water (bad) as well as the debris (good), Higginbotham was the first to fly in the face of conventional wisdom.
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Higginbotham discovered that among micro mesh cloths, certain ones exhibited properties that caused water to react as if the filter wasn’t there at all. Further research led to the discovery of a ratio of thread size to threads per inch that caused this phenomenon. This was true within a certain ratio range. The surface of this micro mesh cloth looked solid. Meaning debris couldn’t get through it. Application to a gutter guard keeps gutters clean and free from clogs.

After experimenting with different micro mesh cloth types with varying degrees of success, Higginbotham finally chose 316 stainless steel cloth for its longevity. Higginbotham is credited with introducing this surgical grade stainless steel into the industry.

Micro Mesh Gutter Guards Patents

Higginbotham currently holds nine patents (and counting) on this technology in the United States and internationally. In these patents, Higginbotham teaches more than 14 new technologies related to micro mesh. This represents approximately 15% of advancements and teaching in the field of gutter guards since the first patent in the 1880s. No one understands micro mesh better than Higginbotham. He has continued to advance the field forward and set the bar higher since introducing his first product in 2001.

Now, let us look at some aspects of micro mesh gutter screens and micro mesh gutter covers that you may not be aware of.

The Truth About Micro Mesh Screen in Winter

One of our dealers sent us a video from a homeowner last week. Temperatures were below freezing in the recent cold snap, and the customer had shot a video of the micro mesh screen in MasterShield where the water was just running over the filter.

Micro Mesh Screen

It was just a little trickle and it was obvious the water was dripping from the snow that was melting off of the roof. But why wasn’t the micro mesh screen taking water?

Micro Mesh Screen Will Freeze

There were probably a few things going on here, nothing that would affect normal gutter guard performance. Yes, dripping can be annoying, but we’re talking about a drip, not a waterfall.

First, it’s likely in the subzero temperatures the water in the tiny holes of the filter was frozen. We hope that wouldn’t shock anyone. The holes in any screen, window-sized or micro-mesh, are small, and water can freeze across the threads. Imagine sticking a wet T-shirt out in the freezing cold, you wouldn’t be surprised after a few hours if the water in it froze and made it stiff as a board. It’s pretty much the same thing with our stainless steel micro mesh gutter screen.

If the micro mesh gutter screen gets hit with direct sunlight, the sun can warm the metal in the screen to the point where it can take water again. The micro mesh gutter screen in the shade or shadows probably will continue to drip.

Please note that we don’t think that light dripping over the filter would be a reason to heat the micro mesh gutter guard. It’s a minor issue, more of an annoyance than anything else. Don’t consider spending money to solve this problem. It’ll go away on its own when the temperatures are above freezing.

Heated gutter guards are better utilized in heavy snow areas or where you’ve got entranceways to your home where you don’t want dripping icicles causing the walkway, stoop, or decking to become dangerous to walk on.

Micro Mesh Screen Needs to Prime Itself

One other possibility for the drip was the fact that water was running onto the micro mesh gutter screen without it priming itself. We discussed filter priming in an earlier post so that we could show that it was the effect of rain falling on the micro-mesh gutter screen that initially set the direction the water would flow in. When the filter hit the screen from above, it meant that the water would be directed down and into the gutter. When water flows off the roof, it flows across the filter, so the initial direction water flows is toward the ground.

Unless you keep them heated, gutter guards aren’t designed to perform in the wintertime. Most importantly, when temperatures rise and Spring is just around the corner, if you’ve installed MasterShield micro mesh screen gutter guards, you’ll be ready for what they are designed to do: keep out all the Spring debris from budding trees and anything else the next 10 months might bring to cause your gutters to clog.

Why Micro Mesh Gutter Guards Should Interlock

One of the critical elements of MasterShield Gutter Protection’s design is our interlocking panel. Temperature changes, whether they happen over a single day or over the course of a season, can impact micro mesh gutter guards differently, particularly when the micro-mesh gutter guards aren’t made of a material similar to the gutter itself. Expansion and contraction can wreak havoc on a gutter guard in as little as six months.

Interlocking Solves Micro Mesh Gutter Guards Problem

Since micro mesh gutter guards come in panels, there are common problems that often develop:

  • Gutter guards that butt up against each prior piece. Put the gutter guard too close together and the system can start to buckle, creating a roller coaster effect over the gutter. Put the panels too far apart, and debris starts to get in.
  • Systems with “fingers” covering the end of the prior piece. Water loves to track over these surfaces, which means that at the end of every panel, the system experiences continuous dripping onto the ground. You’ll also notice that the gutter itself gets extra dark drip marks every four to five feet down the entire run.
  • Incompatible materials. Plastics expand and contract at a different rate than your standard aluminum or copper gutter. So does extruded aluminum. Another opportunity for a system to buckle.
  • Severe temperature changes. In certain parts of the country, it’s not uncommon for a gutter to be below freezing at night and, by midday, over 100° F.
  • UVA/UVB light. Plastic gutter guards aren’t available in dark colors because the sun will crack and discolor them. Exposing the adhesives used to keep the micro mesh in the guard to sunlight and the elements can limit its life as well, causing the filter to pop out.

MasterShield’s unique design solves several common problems our peers choose to ignore. We’ve developed a way of interlocking our panels to solve the problem of gutters buckling and water dripping over our seams. We also use a completely different approach than any other gutter guard to seal the micro- mesh into the product itself. We can even avoid tiger striping, those dirty lines formed on the front of the gutter.

MasterShield is the culmination of more than a decade of research, development and advancements.
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When choosing micro mesh gutter guards, consider the importance of Higginbotham’s research and development that has gone into MasterShield’s gutter protection system. No other product best combines all of the features that he finds critical in a gutter guard. No better gutter guard product is available today that can offer the protection of micro mesh.