Climbing a ladder to scoop leaves out of your gutters is risky and NOT for most homeowners! However, installing gutter guards may be the solution to minimize these regular time-consuming cleanings.
Gutter guards and covers act as a filter over your gutters in an attempt to block debris from entering your gutter while maintaining the ability to draw water away from the roof.
Although gutter guards and covers are often advertised as a cure-all solution to cleaning your gutters, many models may only block larger debris, while allowing smaller debris to enter the gutters despite the shield.
So – is it worth it? The answer is YES!
Your gutters start filling up with leaves in the fall. In the spring, seed pods, flower petals, buds, and small leaves add to the collection of debris, making it absolutely necessary to clean the gutters at least twice a year to avoid clogging.
There are three categories of gutter guards:
– Reverse Curves
The type one needs depends on the home’s location, because certain types of gutter guards are more effective in different circumstances.
The cost of gutter guards will depend on the length of your gutters and the type of guards you need to purchase. Gutter guards and covers cost between $7.00 and $10.00 per linear foot installed. A typical homeowner should expect to pay between $1,500 to $2,000 for professional gutter guard installation (and complex gutter guard systems will be more expensive).
While gutter guards won’t mean the end of gutter cleaning forever, they will dramatically reduce the number of times you will need to clean your gutters. Experts recommend cleaning your gutters once every two years (including those with gutter guards and hoods installed).
However, the average homeowner spends two or more times a year cleaning their uncovered gutters!
While this may seem like an investment initially, it will save you time and money by:
– Removing the necessity for professional cleaning
– Eliminating the time a homeowner will spend scooping leaves, animal feces, seeds and other goop from your gutters