Owning a house comes with some maintenance work, which includes cleaning gutters at least once per year (the house surrounded by trees). Last year I paid $100 for someone to come in and clean gutters. Honestly I don’t like heights, ladders and climbing on top of a roof. However this spring I went up and cleaned gutters myself due to budget reasons. The work is not difficult but quite unpleasant due to height.
Unfortunately a couple of months later I had to climb again in the middle of rain, since gutter were overflowing due to plugged drain holes. I took out huge chunk of gunk and water started draining properly. The experience lead me to believe that gutters needs to be cleaned more frequently during the season – bad news for me. I started thinking and quickly figured that some preventative solution needs to be put in place. Market seems to provide such a solution – gutter guard. After asking around and reading positive feedbacks online, I decided to install “EasyOn” gutter guard that I picked up at the local Costco.
So far I managed to install the gutter guard around the garage, since it was the easiest thing to do and allowed me to experience installation process at relatively low heights. Installation process was easy enough, except for corners. Corners take some time, since you have to measure, cut and fit gutter guard properly. It took roughly 10-12 hours to do house attached (gutters on 3 sides) two car garage, most of the time was spent on cleaning gutters inside and out – personal preference. I figured to give gutters a good cleaning since I’m not planning on getting up there any time afterwards.
Currently I don’t have any feedback but I do look forward to a rain and upcoming fall, perhaps next year will reveal whether I wasted my money or found permanent solution to gutter cleaning.