It’s late fall in Frisco. That means we’re almost at the point where we stop raking leaves and can give the lawn a much-needed rest for the winter. ALMOST. The gutters can’t be raked, so it’s time to give them a good thorough cleaning before winter weather hits Dallas-Ft. Worth. If you want to DIY your gutter cleaning this year, follow these tips from the pros at Peak Roofing & Construction.
Pull Together the Right Tools
Grab your favorite tools and get ready to go. You can either use a garden scoop or invest in a gutter scoop. A “starter scoop” can be purchased online inexpensively. Although a garden trowel works, a better tool is a gutter scoop. But don’t use it as a chance to procrastinate. If you don’t have one, the garden scoop will get the job done.
Old Clothes and Gloves
Gutter cleaning is not a job for those who run from dirt. Be sure to put on something you don’t mind getting ruined and grab a thick pair of gloves. Normal gardening gloves are not enough. If you come across a piece of torn metal, a thin glove will not be adequate protection.
Set Up a Routine
Figure out how often your home’s gutters need to be cleaned. Most experts say twice a year is ideal. However, each home is different. There are two major factors affecting frequency. The first is if you have a lot of trees or none at all. The second is whether you have invested in gutter guards. Although a gutter cleaning company is going to be more than happy to come as often as you will allow, it’s possible that you only need to clean them once a year (if you have no trees and gutter guards installed).
I urge everyone who decides to take on the DIY approach, please wait until someone is at home before taking on this project. We have finished cleaning more than one set of gutters because the owner had been hurt falling off a ladder or cutting themselves on the metal. Cleaning gutters means getting up and down a ladder many times. Each time you move, check to make sure the ladder is sturdy.
Should you decide you want to leave it to the experts, be sure to pick a company that is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and guarantees their work. A little research will help make sure you and your investment are in good hands.
About Peak Roofing & Construction
Peak Roofing & Construction is family-owned, with 30-years of experience. Bonded, insured and accredited, we provide roofing, gutter, fence, window and exterior facelift services. Guaranteed. Call (972) 335-7325 in Dallas-Fort Worth (residential & commercial) or 281-290-7325 in Houston (commercial roofing).