3 Ways Micro-Mesh Gutter Guards Outperform Foam Gutter Guards post

3 Ways Micro-Mesh Gutter Guards Outperform Foam Gutter Guards

To avoid that seasonal trip up the ladder to clean out your gutters, you might be ready to install gutter guards to keep your gutters clear and free of debris year-round. But be warned, while there are many great products out there, like our Metal Micro-Mesh Gutter Guards, subpar foam gutter guards can be problematic.

Although these products are advertised as durable, cost-effective, and easy to use, foam gutter guards are anything but. Our pros at The Rhino Gutter Company explain why.

What are Gutter Guards?

Gutter guards are protective devices that are installed on top of your gutters to protect them from debris like twigs, sticks, leaves, pine needles, etc. They are meant to prevent blockages in your gutters so rainwater can flow freely through your gutters and save you time on gutter maintenance!

There are five different kinds of gutter guards including:

Metal Micro-Mesh

Made from micro-mesh metal, these kinds of gutter guards allow water to filter into the gutter while catching debris before it can clog your gutters.


Foam gutter guards are designed to absorb water into their spongy material and allow it to seep into the gutter, leaving the debris on top of the gutter guards.

Bottle Brush

These gutter guards are built with bottle brushes and tiny bristles that keep larger debris out of your gutters.


Similar in design to micro-mesh gutter guards, they utilize a screen system that filters out water and stops debris.

Reverse Curve

Dating back to the 1900s, reverse curve gutter guards are made from aluminum sheet metal or plastic and use water tension to guide the water into the gutter system, while trapping debris on top.

Now that we have looked at the different types of gutter guards, let’s discuss the problems with foam gutter guards.

The Problem with Foam Gutter Guards

Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company does not recommend foam gutter guards. Simply because they are more trouble than they are worth! Often, they break and crack, compromising their ability to work properly.

Foam gutter guards have three notable problems:

#1. They Don’t Have a Long Lifespan

Though they advertise a long, durable lifespan, foam gutter guards are anything but. Due to sunlight and other outdoor elements, foam gutter guards can crack and break within 1-2 years, which will ultimately lead to inefficiency and a product that doesn’t work. Even though foam may be less expensive than metal, you’ll end up spending more money if you have to constantly change your gutter guards.

Metal micro-mesh gutter guards are durable and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Our Rhino Gutter Guards are built from stainless steel micro-mesh over expanded aluminum. The embossed texture of the micro-mesh deters debris from sticking to the gutter guard by minimizing surface contact area, thus increasing debris shedding.

#2. They’re Difficult to Clean

Micro-mesh and screen material can easily be cleaned and disinfected with a hose or pressure washer. Foam gutter guards can harbor water and bacteria that can get deep into the foam material, making it impossible to sanitize them to the same level as metal mesh gutter guards.

This is another factor that leads to cracking and the general short lifespan for foam gutter guards.

#3. They Can Create Blockages

In the right conditions, and if they are left long enough, foam gutter guards can attract so much soil and water that plants can begin to grow from the gutter guard.

Due to the sterile nature of stainless steel, you won’t have any issues with unwanted plants growing from your gutter guards!

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Protect Your Gutters

As you can see, there are many drawbacks to foam gutter guards! Our Micro-Mesh Gutter Guards are the best solution to protect your gutters from debris for years to come. Plus, you can rest easy with our 20-year warranty!

Say goodbye to clogged gutters! Get a Rhino Gutter Guard quote today—813-590-5936!