Clara O. Mikkelsen Seamless Gutters July 03rd, 2018 - 08:30:01
The gutters on your house are the most important part of the exterior structure because they catch the water that runs into the downspout on the ground away from your home. Without gutters your house can fall apart from water damage and it would cost a fortune having all the repairs done. When your gutters fill up with leaves twigs and other debris theres no place for the water to go except down the side of the house and backing up on your roof. When this happens you have leaks in the walls and ceiling and sometimes it can crack your homes foundation.
Some people believe their homeowners insurance will cover the repairs caused from water damage and indeed they will if the damage was caused by a flood through the Act of God but it wont cover repairs due from gutter damage. Its the homeowners responsibility to take care of their gutters. Most homeowners will hire someone to clean their gutters periodically but they make the mistake of hiring a handyman who knows nothing about home repairs or maintenance. Most of these handymen do a sloppy job and never completes the task of cleaning the gutters thoroughly.
The third type are the louvered leaf guards with louvers instead of one long fin or nose in the vertical direction. To see the basic design "Carefree Vinyl Gutter covers" which is also available in aluminum. Of all the designs we have looked at it is the best chance in heavy debris conditions. It limits the size of the debris that can get into the gutter. However more debris may get washed in from the lip of the gutter than you might wish and could clog the gutter. The fourth type of gutter guard is the double row louvered leaf guards with two rows of louvers in the vertical surface.
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.