LEAFFILTER I t’s a well-known story that Apple Comput- ers began in Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage, and today it is one of the world’s biggest com- panies. What is less well known is that one of the country’s largest remodeling firms had similar, humble beginnings before its signature offering became a Consumer Reports #1-rated product. That company is LeafFilter, a maker of the most effective gutter protection solution on the market, and the person who turned it into a major success story is Matt Kaulig. First, the product: LeafFilter is a micromesh gutter filter that guards homes against se- rious and costly damage from mold and mildew, insect infestation, or flooding problems that can be precipitated by clogged gutters. LeafFilter’s rev- olutionary design includes a vinyl body made from unplasticized poly vinyl chloride and a micro mesh filter made out of medical-grade, stain- less steel – the same material used in a heart stent. Combined with a home’s existing seamless gutters, LeafFilter creates a complete- ly sealed system that prevents anything from entering gutters except for water - leaves, pine needles, shingle grit, and other types of debris AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY LeafFilter AT A GLANCE LEAFFILTER WHAT: The nation’s largest gutter protection company WHERE: Hudson, Ohio WEBSITE: www.leaffilter.com