Of the many maintenance projects that evoke the sarcastic phrase, “joys of home ownership,” cleaning the gutters may be at the top. No one likes to do it, but everyone knows it’s something that has to be done.
That is unless you install gutter guards. The leading gutter guard system, Gutter Helmet®, eliminates the need for such an unpopular task.
It’s crucial to ensure the gutters along your roof’s edge are free from debris that naturally builds up over time. Twigs, leaves, and dirt end up in the gutters with storms and windy events. It doesn’t take long until your gutters are too clogged to divert rainwater and melted snow as designed.
Without gutter guards, you’ll need to check your gutters once or twice a year — or even more, depending on the landscaping around your home. You’ll find many more leaves in your gutters if you have mature, deciduous trees like oaks, beech, aspen, or elm. If that stays too long, it can turn into a mucky mess.
Are gutter guards worth the investment? Let’s take a closer look at the chore of gutter cleaning so you can decide.
How to Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning the gutters can take hours out of your weekend, so you’ll want to plan ahead if you do decide to embark on the chore. Before you begin, enlist the help of another person to assist you. They can hold the ladder for safety while you check your gutters.
You’ll need to invest in tools as well. You’ll need a ladder that can extend up to your roof high enough to see in your gutters. Then, when it’s time to clean them out, you’ll want to have either a hand trowel or gutter scoop — or you could spend a little more for a power washer or a shop vac.
While up there, trim any trees hanging over your roof and gutter system. The cleaner your landscaping, the less likely you’ll have to get back to clean the gutters again soon.
What Are Gutter Guards?
If you want to skip this work, you can install gutter guards. The premier solution, offered by Gutter Helmet®, reduces the possibility that water will overflow your gutters instead of being channeled out the downspouts. Without detracting from the aesthetics of your home, Gutter Helmet® protects your gutters from being clogged by things like leaves and pine needles. This high-quality gutter protection system will save you a lot of time and energy.
Gutter Helmet® can be installed on any rain gutters, as long as they are in good condition to allow the system to work properly. This gutter protection system has a patented nose-forward design and ribbed surface that utilizes surface tension to guide any water runoff into the gutter channel, while debris is unable to enter and falls to the ground.
Hire a Seasoned Professional
Only factory-trained and certified dealers can sell and install Gutter Helmet® gutter guards. Working with seasoned professionals who can ensure your roof, gutters, and fascia boards are in good condition and ready for the upgrade is essential.
Spicer Bros. Construction is experienced in exterior and interior home renovation and improvement projects, including installing gutter guards. To learn more about how to say goodbye to spring gutter cleaning, contact us today.