Alex Higginbotham had been frustrated for years by traditional gutter guards that didn’t work. In 1999, he used that frustration to invent a revolutionary new method of protective water management for gutters: a self-cleaning gutter guard that filtered water more finely than the water you get from your municipal water utility.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
For years, inventors believed you couldn’t make a gutter guard with a screen finer than 18 threads per inch, similar to what you’d find on a screen for a door or window. Alex Higginbotham discovered something different: when a fine microfilter was touched on the underside by a series of downward extensions, it would not just keep organic debris out of a gutter, but it would also allow water to quickly flow through what looked like a sheer but solid surface. He was awarded his first gutter guard patent in 2001 and had his first commercial success with LeafFilter® Gutter Protection, which was named to Building Product Magazine’s Annual Top 100 List for 2003 and 2004. To date, millions of feet of his original technology has been successfully installed across the United States.
Nothing was better than the feedback shared with him. He got input from installers in the field and from homeowners that purchased his product. It gave him a lot of food for thought. He knew he could take what he was hearing and take the technology in a new, different direction.
MasterShield’s manufacturer is the only company Higginbotham continues to work with.
“To hold a patent that has changed the modern world would define you as an innovator. To hold more than one patent of this caliber would define you as a true leader.” – Mercedes Benz
About Alex Higginbotham
When Alex isn’t off inventing, you’ll often find him walking in the woods, exercising, and writing both the music and lyrics of country music songs. He’s even had a song or two recorded by some of the living legends of Nashville.
Alex is a connoisseur of the classic American diner breakfast. He is passionate about memorising the Bible and is active in a men’s bible study group at his church. In his spare time, he enjoys learning magic tricks.