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There are many simple ways to ease your off-grid life and Gutter guards are one of the simplest. Its hard managing your own power plant, hauling your own trash and sourcing your own water, so any help is gratefully received. And guarding your fresh water is a very high priority. One brand is Gutterglove on amazon, but there are many others including balloon filters on Amazon and Buy micro-mesh from Amazon.

Gutterglove makes gutter-protection systems – anchored by stainless steel micro-mesh that made it one of the Sacramento region’s manufacturing success stories.
Between 2014 and 2016, nationwide sales ballooned from $4.5 million to $9.6 million.

“I’ve dealt with leaves before as an arborist; now I’m dealing with them in a different way, said the company founder Robert Lenney.”

Part of Lenney’s gutter guard empire is a newly certified component for a rainwater harvesting system. The company last month announced that its gutter guards received Underwriters Laboratories certification to be used in rainwater harvesting systems where the water ultimately can be used for drinking.

Rain-harvesting

Gutterglove’s product can be used as a first-stage filter in a rain collection system. Key components of such a system: Source: rainharvestingsystems.com The Sacramento Bee

Lenney believes there will be growing demand for water-conservation practices and sustainable eco-friendly green product.

“Homeowners that have rainwater catchment systems will appreciate having a gutter guard that has been taken through the rigorous test by UL for the (certifications),” Lenney said.

Lenney launched the original stainless-steel mesh gutter guard back in 2003 but he cites 2010 as the year when things took off. That year, Consumer Reports rated the Gutterglove Pro product as the No. 1 professionally installed gutter guard it tested. That drew a lot of attention.

Today, there are numerous Gutterglove gutter guard products, ranging from professionally installed, intricate gutter guards to more basic ones for do-it-yourselfers.

All are based on the same basic design dating back to 2003: fine stainless-steel mesh over aluminum channels, blocking even the smallest debris while allowing the flow of water on all manner of homes. Homeowners no longer need to scramble up a ladder to clean out their gutters.

Gutterglove systems are now sold throughout the United States and Canada but they are not the only brand Big-box retailers Home Depot and Costco stock Gutterglove and many other products. Roofing and gutter supply stores also sellgutter guards.

Colleagues noted that Lenney is always inventing, producing variations of his products. He holds seven U.S. patents and two are pending.

Lenney recently unveiled the Gutter Guard Brush, a telescoping pole topped with a brush laced with lines of firm bristles positioned at numerous angles. He says the brush tool can clean any gutter guard system on the market, without the user climbing a ladder.

Spread out over the expansive, high-ceiling manufacturing area, Gutterglove workers stand at specially designed stations, drawing out yards of stainless steel mesh and hammering lengths of gutter guards into shape. Much of the work is done by hand, but there are a couple of exotic-looking machines to handle more complex chores.

Along one wall, Gutterglove products wrapped in sheets of plastic are stacked high and ready to ship to some 300 stores. The new facility has seven truck docks – compared with zero in Rocklin – so Lenney says loading and shipping capabilities at the new site have improved dramatically.

Lenney also said Gutterglove’s products are made in the United States, China and India.

Back in 2003, Lenney was hopeful of having Gutterglove function as an all-California venture, but using parts from high-end, high-quality materials was expensive. So, in 2006, manufacturing was done in China.

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