Should You Clean Your Gutters in Winter?
Keeping gutters clean is a vital part of gutter maintenance, helping to prevent a series…Read more
Gutter guards, which people also call gutter covers, are a type of accessory attached to the gutters and downspouts to reduce the amount of debris and lower the likelihood of clogged gutters occurring. Guards may be cleaned alongside or separately from the rest of the system.
While designs vary depending on the type of gutter guard you buy, the basic idea is a mesh, grille or lattice and trellis-style screen, which covers the length of the guttering.
You can think of a gutter guard as being kind of like a safety net, which most people choose to add to their guttering as it means you will have a much lower need for gutter cleaning overall.
The gutter guard system stops debris from accumulating and keeps the water flowing smoothly, but do gutter guards need to be cleaned themselves? The short answer is yes. Although installing gutter guards is a good idea, they still require cleaning as part of home maintenance.
Small particles such as needles from pine trees, seeds, twigs and other vegetation can clog a gutter guard, and enough layers of debris on top will stop the guards from being effective at all, which means the water discharge system of the guttering is not effective either.
So, although gutter guards reduce the need for cleaning the entire system, regularly cleaning them will give you the following benefits:
We provide an exceptional range of drainage and gutter cleaning services in the south coast area of the UK, so we understand why you need to clean them and how to do it effectively. Read on to learn exactly how to clean them for the best results, with a professional step-by-step guide
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Now that you understand how a gutter guard can become clogged and the benefits of cleaning them, you can follow our professional guide and clean them for a more effective system. Before we begin, make sure you take precautions when working at height and use safety equipment such as protective garden gloves, appropriate footwear and sturdy ladders if working at height.
Other tips include investing in a telescopic gutter cleaner, which can take the labour out of cleaning both the gutters and guards but will not be suitable for a deep clean. A telescopic cleaner is also not useful for big blockages, which require manual removal with garden gloves.
When you clean your gutters and gutter guards at the same time you can save a lot of time, so consider professional gutter cleaning for the most thorough results. The benefits of services such as ours include access to advanced tools and cleaning by an experienced, qualified team.
Every part of a guttering system will need to be cleaned regularly, including any gutter covers and guards you use. By clearing debris on top of the guards and ensuring that the mesh grilles do not have any build-up of residue or other obstructions, you can keep water flowing smoothly.
Cleaner components of your guttering result in more efficient, longer-lasting systems, which is why it is crucial that you clean gutter guards with the same frequency as the rest of the system – twice annually. Contact us for a free quote on professional gutter cleaning on the south coast.