Josefine A. Bak Gutter Guards June 14th, 2018 - 11:05:59
You see ads for gutter protectors every where telling you that youll never have to clean gutters again but before you buy think twice. In fact dont think; do research. The cost of gutter protection can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Since most gutter covers are known for poor performance it might make more sense to contract a gutter cleaning service several times a year for between $75 to $100 or so. And if indeed you can find a reputable insured company that will service you its probably the best way to go. Yet that may be a difficult challenge; and having someone else or you cleaning your gutters may not be the way to go.
Therefore as much as cleaning the inside of your gutters matters exteriors of your gutters must also be paid heed to. Dirty dingy and stained gutters are bound to drop the appeal of your house. Many times the water dripping of the edges of your gutters due to overflow and leaves stains and marks which are commonly called the Tiger stripes. Also the moisture on the outer surface of your gutters leads mold to grow and thrive thus blackening the whole surface and giving it a rather filthy look. Fortunately the grime and stains can be wiped off the gutter surface using specialized products such as paint thinner or a general purpose solvent.
Anticipation is met with dismay as within twelve months to eighteen months plants are seen growing through the screens and the gutters are overflowing. Examination of the gutter and the screen reveals the gutter full of a very fine soil like debris with the plants rooted deeply within the dirt. Its absolutely amazing how all this fine debris has accumulated in the gutter from passing through the screens. The idea of self cleaning gutters seems absurd after an experience of this nature. Besides screens there are many other gutter protection devices.
Instead be sure to keep your weight off of the gutters and be as gentle as possible throughout the cleaning process. A step ladder is easier and safer to use when cleaning gutters. Your gutters simply cannot support the weight of a person on a ladder. If your gutter fasteners are more than 2 feet apart a ladder will put pressure on the material and dent the gutter. Be sure that your step ladder is on stable ground and dont step above the second rung from the top. Also regardless of the ladder you use be aware of power lines and avoid them throughout the gutter cleaning process. Gutter Cleaning Tools Bring a bucket up the ladder and place it on your roof or hang it from your ladder. This bucket will eliminate a mess on the ground below. Also grab a pair of waterproof gloves. You can also wear latex gloves under normal work gloves as an improvisation.