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Pros and Cons of Mesh Gutter Screens

Posted on February 7, 2018

Gutter Screens in Needham, MA

There are many options out there when it comes to protecting your rain gutters, and varying degrees of quality and effectiveness. One option is mesh gutter screens, made with aluminium or PVC. These screens fit on top of gutters with a mesh screen. The goal? To let water slip through while leaves remain on top, keeping the gutters from clogging.

But how effective are mesh gutter screens? And are there any better options out there? Here are some of the pros and cons to mesh gutter screens.


Undoubtedly, the biggest benefits to mesh gutter screens are how accessible they are and the fact that they keep leaves above the screen so that the gutter doesn't clog. Here are a few of the pros for mesh gutter screens.


However, the cheapest and easiest option is not always the best option. Mesh screens are better than nothing, but there are flaws and downsides to this system of gutter protection.

Still, if there's no better alternative, many homeowners find these cons worth the risk considering the pros of mesh gutter screens. Fortunately, there is an alternative.

Gutter Shell

Gutter Shell gutter protection system is a double-drop gutter protection system. It uses water tension to allow water to flow into the gutters, while keeping debris out. The double-drop system ensures the gutter shell system catches as much rainwater as possible to be funneled off the roof. It's structured in a sloped way, so debris rolls off rather than resting on top. It is a bit more expensive than mesh gutter screens, but lasts much longer and performs more effectively, so it's a worthwhile investment. 

When it comes to protecting your gutters, don't settle for the common option. Get the protection that will offer the best performance for the longest period of time. Interested in hearing more? Contact us today for a free estimate.

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