Gutter Maintenance To Protect Home Exteriors

It is not uncommon for homeowners to take for granted the value of rain gutters as part of their home’s exterior. Without fully understanding the roofing drainage system, infrequent maintenance may result, or none at all. Knowing the vital role gutters play in home care can prevent catastrophe. When rain occurs, the water slides off the roof and into the gutters for final drainage through the downspout. Without gutters, rainwater would simply fall off the roof and create a trench, eroding the ground around the home’s foundation. The more frequent or heavy the rains, the greater the erosion and flooding potential. Consequently, keeping gutters anchored in place, rust-free, and cleaned of leaves and twigs is vital in maintaining effective drainage. Whether the home is a one or two-story dwelling, having a reliable ladder, including a Telescoping Ladder, and basic electric tools such as a leaf blower, are essential to keeping gutters properly maintained and in good working order.

Cleaning the Gutters

Gutters with leaves piled upKeeping gutters debris free should be undertaken twice a year, in the fall and spring. If bird or rodent nests develop in between semi-annual cleanings, the gutters should be freed of these clogs as well. If clogged, rust can develop or worse; the gutter can become heavy from buildup, slope downward, or even become detached from the roof.

Debris Removal 

Keeping gutters clean is not a hard task. All you need is a good ladder such as an extension ladder or telescoping ladder, work gloves, and a lawn blower. The advantage of varied ladder heights is that some houses are split level or two-story. Having a secure footing using a multi-level ladder is not only vital to safety, but also provides practical access to different heights. has several ladders that are lightweight and exceptionally reliable when used to clean gutters.