It’s been 4 or 5 years since Welty updated their RainTrap Gutter Protection item. Their new product has two major design features that helps make this product much better. The first thing they changed was some people used to get some dripping coming off the edge of the gutter. Welty says it didn’t always happen, which made it really hard for them to figure out. And the other one was that the slots are of a length that small leaves, like ash leaf, were getting stuck in the RainTrap. Ash leaf are real narrow and not very long. Those little rascals can get in all over the place. Welty actually things they’re worse than pine needles as far as how to deal with them and keep them out of things.
Welty set out to try to solve those two problems with their new product and made a great new product. When you look at the new product, primarily you notice a rib right along the lip that virtually eliminated the dripping problem.
Welty really doesn’t know of anyone that they talked to that had a dripping issue since this new design’s been put in. The other thing you’ll notice is the slots are much shorter in length, and there are a lot more of them than there used to be. Actually, the new product handles more water than the old product did. But, 99% of the time, the volume of water really isn’t a major issue. It’s some of the unique areas, like in a valley or under a lot of pine trees, where you might have heavy water issues build up behind RainTrap.
When Welty first started with RainTrap they had some dripping problems. The panels would get some dripping off the edge of the gutter, and you’d get some debris, although it was very little, down into the slots that could get into the gutter. The items they found to be the hardest to keep out of their gutter protection were ash leafs. When they changed the product’s design it now keeps out ash leafs and all sorts of different sized pine needles. They added a ridge on it so the water comes down and gets caught into the slot and goes straight into the gutter. Plus, the length of the slots are shorter so that a leaf has to be even smaller in order to get through to the gutter.
If you look at the panel, the way the slots are shaped is what controls the way it draws the water into it. If you put RainTrap under a water faucet and you put it upside down, the water hits it and won’t work at all. You take RainTrap, hold it like it’s coming off a roof, and water will just slip right through the slots. Welty played with the slots a little bit, and it’s amazing how much difference there is with how much leafs and pine needles stay out of the gutter, and how much water now goes into the gutter.
One of the other things you’ll notice on the new product is that they have new grooves. Why these new grooves? They will allow you to break the product without the need for a break. Lets say you go to a five-inch job and the gutter is a little larger than 5 inches. You can now take six inch RainTrap to a 5 inch job and be confident you will have a gutter protection that will work. Traditionally, contractos buy 6 inch material, take a knife, scour it, break that excess material off and throw it away. With these new grooves, RainTrap’s will now easily bend without the need for a break.
But there’s some really odd situations that the installer can find himself in. What if you’re putting gutter guard on a house and you get around back and there was a flat roof. Now what do you do? If you just keep some six inch in your truck you won’t ever worry about having the wrong size gutter protection on the job without a break on site. If someone does have a break they probably would prefer using it but if they don’t, it’s no big deal.
The new slot design is a point that helps Welty RainTrap stand out from other gutter protection. We did a test install of gutter protection products and had great results with RainTrap. In our test we tried some mesh guards, foam pads, and a few other types. Welty RainTrap was one of the best performers. Welty’s before and after photo can be seen here of a test they did on a house that had a lot of vegetation growing from the gutters. For our test we came back a few months later and some of the covers were covered with leaves and foliage. We came back a few years later and a lot of the covers really were growing a garden out of them. The clogged gutter guards didn’t clog the downspouts but the water ran over the gutter and on to the ground. And lets say you have vegetation growing from the gutter. Even if the gutter guards still worked, the homeowners are going to drive you crazy calling you constantly saying “I’ve got trees growing out of my gutters”.
Welty’s RainTrap gutter protection has had some major improvements. Water won’t drip off the edge anymore, the new slots allow more water to go into the gutter and keeps very small debris out of the gutter, and the new groove allows it to be bent without the need for a break.