Angie's List Report: Cleaning Your Home's Gutters

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 11/07/2013 11:40 am
(WDEF)  Gutter cleaning requires the use of a ladder and that can be dangerous.  If you can't or don't want to clean your gutters, call on a professional to do the work.
     Jeremy Mitchell is a Homeowner.  He said, "It's a pretty wooded lot so basically we have a lot of leaves, stuff falls off the trees, limbs that fall off. So that over time has damaged the gutters to the point where they actually started to sag."
     Jeremy Mitchell's home and landscape suffered water damage as a result of overflowing gutters.  Now he knows the gutter cleaners should remove all leaves and other debris from your roof, gutters and downspouts.  Many homeowners see it as a necessary service.
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "The cost to clean your gutters can range anywhere from about $75 to around $200 depending on the size of your house and the number of stories you have in your home. In order to replace your gutters it can be anywhere from $500 to $2,000 for aluminum gutters so as you can see it pays off to take care of your gutters through the years."
      They should also check the overall condition of your gutters and make any necessary repairs when you get regular gutter cleaning.
      Paul Hoolahan works as a roofing contractor.  He said, "It depends on the amount of trees around the house. Some people we have to clean their gutters several times a year, other people are just once in the late fall after all the leaves are down. Some people are spring and fall. Two times a year is almost the average."
     While leaf guards, covers and screens can help reduce debris collecting in your gutter, you should still check them regularly.
     Experts say up to 20% of leaves and other material can get through a gutter cover.
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