Do gutter guards need to be cleaned?

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Gutter guards are a simple but very effective invention that as the name suggests, act as a guard for your gutters. They are essentially designed to act as a filter over your gutters to prevent and block debris and dirt from entering without hindering the ability for water to drain away from your property.

Are they effective in maintaining gutters?

Gutter guards are generally acknowledged to be an effective way of maintaining gutters but experts would agree that they don’t protect against all the dirt and debris that can potentially clog your gutters. It would be unwise to install gutter guards with the intention of never having to clean your guttering or downspouts again, as this simply isn’t this case.

Gutter guards won’t make your gutter invincible and won’t be able to completely protect your guttering from the mass of leaves in the autumn but it can make cleaning easier and less frequent.

Installing a gutter guard should help reduce the number of times a year you’ll have to clean your gutters but it is important to ensure you choose the right type of gutter guard for your property and that they are properly installed to reach their full potential.

Should they be regularly cleaned?

Put simply yes, just as gutters require regular cleaning, so do your gutter guards to ensure they are working efficiently. It is recommended that you have your gutters and gutter guards cleaned twice a year and even more frequently if your property is surrounded by trees that regularly shed a lot of debris such as pine trees.

It is always a good idea to take a look at your guttering throughout the year but particularly in the autumn when leaves are most likely to cause blockages as well as in the winter to ensure snow and ice aren’t causing any issues. Spring and Summer tend to cause less problems for gutters but it is still advisable to check depending on the foliage surrounding your property.

It is always recommended that you enlist the help of professional gutter cleaners when it comes to both cleaning your guttering and installing gutter guards. It can be tempting to try carrying out the job yourself but it is not only dangerous without adequate knowledge and experience, you also risk damaging your property and failing to properly install the guards.

When using a specialist gutter cleaning service you can rest assured that the job will be carried out to the highest standard and minimise the risk of improper gutter guard installation.

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