|It’s finally time to announce the new concept I invented for a different way to install a gutter guard. It’s using a double sided acrylic vinyl automotive tape. Installs in 30% less time! Check out video below:
First of all, let’s go over the two standard ways to install a gutter guard. You have the standard screw-in gutter guards and the snap-in gutter guards.
Using screws to install a gutter guard can be clumsy and requires a drill. Using a gutter guard profile that has a ‘snap-in’ feature to connect the gutter guard to a gutter is not reliable and can cause many problems down the road. Below are photos of snap-in gutter guards.
Plastic diamond-hole snap-in gutter guard like in the photos above:
This inexpensive gutter guard can be purchased at most hardware stores. It’s tempting for a hardware store buyer to purchase it because of the low price, but it doesn’t perform well at all. Our Gutterglove Dealers throughout North America
have removed over 50,000 feet of this type of plastic snap-in gutter guard since 2005 to re-install with Gutterglove Gutter Guard
. On the photo to the far right, you can see how the plastic snapping feature failed. Over a period of time, this can happen to most any plastic snap-in gutter guard.
Expanded aluminum roll snap-in gutter guard in photos above:
Often collapses with weight of leaves. Connection system to the ‘underside’ of the front lip of the gutter often is unreliable and slips out. This type of gutter guard ‘tries’ to adhere under the roof shingles, but because of the poor design, it has no support and collapses.
The popular Ramco snap-in gutter guard (it’s only popular because it’s innexpensive):
You can see the snap-in connection point on the front lip of the gutter is not secure at all and Ramco collapses in the gutter.
Expanded steel sections of snap-in gutter guard:
Similar to the aluminum, but this manufacturer thought they would use a stronger metal (steel), but as you can see, they have the same problems. Connection system to the ‘underside’ of the front lip of the gutter is still very unreliable and becomes a collection area for debris. This type of gutter guard ‘tries’ to rest on top of the gutter support brackets, but this is an unreliable form of support as well.
The double sided, rugged, durable automotive adhesive tape is a medium-density, acrylic foam tape with high performance acrylic adhesives which makes it a perfect fit for connecting LeafBlaster to the front lip of a gutter. The acrylic foam tape is characterized by high performance peel and shear adhesion to many automotive, substrates, high internal strength, good conformability and excellent plasticizer resistance.
Typical automotive applications include body side moldings, rocker panels moldings, auto manufacture logos, and claddings, wheel lip moldings, luggage rack slats, wind and rain deflectors, and lightweight rear spoilers.
The rain deflector on the window of the truck on the photo on the left above, was installed in 1999, and this photo was taken in 2011. The truck had over 180,000 miles on it. This tape was exposed to wind, rain, snow and extreme heat conditions, and this plastic rain deflector is just as secure as the day it was installed 12 years ago.
Ford uses this type of tape to adhere it’s plastic logos to the outside of their trucks.
10 Reasons to Use Tape
1. No rust or surface deterioration where LeafBlaster is taped to the top of the front lip of the gutter. Acrylic foam tape use eliminates the concern for rust development and surface deterioration because it requires no drilling.
2. Preserved roof warranties. Roof warranties are often considered void when gutter guards are screwed through their roof shingles with screws. Acrylic foam tape provides field-proven adhesion for many applications without drilling.
3. No holes to patch in the gutter. Sometimes a homeowner may choose to remove a portion of LeafBlaster
for whatever reason. By using acrylic foam tape, there is no need to fill holes and repaint surfaces if LeafBlaster ever needed to be removed.
4. No part loosening and vibration. Snap-in gutter guards can loosen, shift and collapse over time. When properly applied, acrylic foam tape provides a reliable, permanent bond.
5. Less labor-intensive installation of LeafBlaster
. The use of acrylic foam tape eliminates several steps in the installation process, requiring no screws and less labor by the homeowner.
6. Unique stress relaxation properties. The stress relaxation properties of the tape’s foam core allow it to expand and contract with temperature changes and to compensate for some gutter-to-roof fit mismatch scenarios. The stress forces of our application of LeafBlaster attached to the gutter is not concentrated at the adhesive bond line, but rather dissipated throughout the foam core, providing excellent long-term performance.
7. Viscoelasticity. The acrylic foam tape is viscoelastic, meaning it acts as both a liquid (viscous) and a solid(elastic) at the same time. In its viscous (liquid) state, it flows into microscopic surface irregularities to establish a strong adhesive bond. The elastic (solid) properties provide the internal or cohesive strength necessary to maintain the bond. These viscoelastic properties also contribute to the stress relaxation characteristics of the acrylic foam tape. They allow it to conform to surface irregularities, gaps or mismatch sections in the gutter of where LeafBlaster is installed.
8. Aesthetically pleasing result. Tape use eliminates unsightly snap-in gutter guard designs and screw heads. Surfaces remain clean and smooth.
9. Approved technology. Acrylic Foam Tape works perfectly with LeafBlaster-Connected-To-Gutter
applications because of the similar use (metal to metal) that is already approved by automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide.
10. Tape acts as barrier between disimilar metals. If LeafBlaster is ever attached to a copper gutter, the tape (and the anodized aluminum extrusion of LeafBlaster
) acts as a barrier between LeafBlaster and the copper gutter to eliminate chances of galvanic corrosion.
Starting on April 1st, all LeafBlaster Gutterguards will be fitted with the red tape unless otherwise specified.