Gutter cleaning is not only a tedious, time consuming chore, it is also a dangerous one. Climbing up and down the ladder numerous times as you move across the span of your home carries with it a substantial risk of falling. There is, however, a way to reduce this risky chore – install gutter guards.
How Gutter Guards Work
Gutter guards, also referred to as gutter covers, are a very effective way to keep leaves, twigs and other debris out of your gutters and downspouts. The cover prevents large pieces of debris from entering the gutters while allowing rain water to run into the gutters and drain away from your home.
Installing Gutter Guards
Although there are DIY gutter guards you can install yourself, this is a project best left to gutter professionals. There is a variety of gutter guard types on the market, and not every type is right for every home. A gutter professional will be able to assess your home and current gutter system to determine the proper type of guards for your specific project.
It is also advised to have a professional install the guards. If the guards are not properly placed on your gutters and secured correctly, you could be creating a new gutter issue – and a big headache and expensive mistake.
While Gutter Guards Reduce Gutter Cleaning, They Are Not Maintenance Free
Gutter guards do not stop smaller debris from entering your gutters. They simply help prevent larger items like leaves and sticks – as well as animals – from making their way into your gutter system. But, the reduction of debris entering the gutters reduces the frequency of necessary cleanings and clogs caused by leaves and twigs. To make sure your gutter system works well, we recommend regular gutter cleaning to remove that small debris. Debris can also accumulate on top of the guards, so they should also be cleaned.
Properly cleaning the gutters and guards requires the removal and re-attachment of the guards. This is also a job best left to the gutter professional so that you don’t damage the gutters or the guards.