Gutter guards can take the pain out of cleaning your gutters by keeping them working smoothly. They arn't terribly difficult to put in place. Installing a gutter guard is a dirty job, but one that is well worth doing. If you dread cleaning your gutters, then follow this easy step-by-step guide to help you lessen future cleanings.
Step 1- Clean the Gutters
The first thing you need to do is clean the gutters and all the spouts, including the downspouts. A friend comes in handy with this step so they can steady the ladder as you climb. You also need to make sure there are no leaks in the gutter itself. The best way to do this is to use your garden hose. Place the hose in the gutter once you’ve cleaned them, and turn it on. Don’t let the water rush, just have a low pressure stream from the hose. When you do this, both you and the friend can watch to verify that the water is draining as it should. If you see water leaking down the sides of the spouts, or through any joints in the gutter then you will need to repair that before you continue. There is no point in installing gutter guards on a gutter that needs repair.
Step 2- Measuring
You need to measure the gutters. This includes all gutters that need guards. If the gutters have spaces or slots between them, you need to include that in the measurement as well. The gutter guards will go all around the gutters to completely protect them from debris.
Step 3- Purchase the Guards
With your measurements in hand you can now go pick out your gutter guards. You can find solid steel or aluminum guards that will prevent anything from entering the gutters. These are pretty pricey. The most common types of guards used are pine needle guards and aluminum mesh guards. The pine needle guards will have tiny slits in then so the nasty pine needles can’t come through in to the gutter. The mesh style guards will look similar to a chicken wire, only smaller, and will prevent larger items like leaves and small branches from entering your gutter.
Which ever style you decide on, just make sure you are purchasing enough to go all around the gutters. Give yourself some extra allowance just in case a piece is messed up.
Step 4- Cut the Guards and Install
Once you are back home with the guard material, you can go ahead and cut the guards to fit each area of the gutter. Use your metal snips to do this. The guards can then be installed by sliding the section under the first row of shingles and snapping the edge of the guard to the outside part of the gutter. Use the snips again if you have any overlay after you’ve done this.
That’s all there is to it. In just a few hours, depending on the size of your home, you can have gutter guards and really decrease the amount of time spent cleaning those old gutters.