Nationwide Gutter Services
25 Oct 2016

How Much Does Gutter Cleaning Cost?

Although gutter cleaning is a dirty, disgusting task, it is important to the health of your home. A clean and clear gutter will draw water away from your home’s foundation. If left neglected, water can go places it shouldn’t – backing up onto your roof, pouring down your soffit and fascia, and pooling around the foundation of your home. These type of home damages are not only a headache, they can be expensive, too. In fact, foundation damage alone can be thousands of dollars in repair costs. For these specific reasons, it is important to keep your gutters clean and clear.


If you are weary of cleaning your gutters on your own, you can hire a crew to clean your gutters. The cost of cleaning gutters will depend on a few factors such as the number of stories on your home and the size of your home. For example:

  • Gutter cleaning prices on a single-story 1,500-square foot house will run from $75-$200.
  • If you have a ranch style home that is 2,000 square feet with around 180 linear feet of gutter, the cost will run you $95-$225.
  • If you have a two-story home with 2,500 square feet and 200 linear feet of gutter, it will run you up to $250.
  • Additional Costs: If you have a three-story home, you can expect to add $75 to $200 for your gutter cleaning prices.

If your gutters are seriously clogged from being neglected over time, you could be looking at a cost upwards of $500 for the extra time and effort that it takes.

A service that cleans gutters should include cleaning out the leaves and debris that are clogging your gutters and bagging the waste and flushing the entire system. Before hiring a crew, ensure that they include removal of debris in their quote. Additionally, check with your crew to see if they will inspect or tighten your fasteners during the process. Some companies will throw this extra in for free!


As you can see, hiring a gutter cleaner can be expensive. Expect to have your gutters cleaned three times per year as they can fill up with dirt and debris quickly. Over the lifetime of your home, at an average cost of $200 per gutter cleaning, this can add up to be thousands of dollars.

If you are looking for a hands-free alternative to cleaning your gutters – there is a solution. A gutter protection system, like LeafFilter, will protect your gutters from dirt and debris, allowing only water to get in.

When researching gutter guards, it is important to keep a few considerations in mind. For example, other gutter guards feature large holes, gaps, or openings, allowing not only water to penetrate but dirt and debris, too. This can cause larger headaches as the gutter guard must be removed in order to clean the inside of the gutter. LeafFilter features a micromesh filter that will not allow even a grain of sand to get in.

During installation, one of LeafFilter’s professionals will clean and realign your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are at optimal performance before LeafFilter is installed. And, LeafFilter can be installed on your existing gutters, so you won’t have to invest in all new gutters during the time of installation. Once LeafFilter is installed, the gutter guards completely eliminate the chore of cleaning gutters and you’ll never have to worry about gutter cleaning prices again!



15 Oct 2016

Gutter Cleaning

Why is gutter cleaning important?

It may be an easy chore to forget about, but if you want to avoid expensive damage to your home, you won’t neglect your gutters. The purpose of your gutters is to get stormwater and snow melt away from your home, specifically your foundation, and thwarting that effort can cause serious repercussions for your home.

Clogged gutters can damage your foundation by allowing water to enter your basement or crawl space, which can lead to mold and other water damage. In winter, the water can freeze and actually crack your foundation. Higher up, if water gets behind your gutters, it can rot out your fascia boards, which in turn puts your gutters at risk of collapse and also provides an opening for animals and more water to find its way into your roof.

This is why it is critical for you to regularly clean your gutters and repair any sagging or broken hangers as soon as you notice them. If you have been neglecting your gutters, you may need to consider completely replacing your gutters depending on the level of damage.

How often should you clean your gutters?

How often gutters need to be cleaned depends on the climate and surrounding landscape. If you live in the Arizona desert, you may be able to go several years, but for those who live where autumn leaves fall, it’s important to clean gutters at least twice a year.

The most important time is in late fall after all or most of the leaves have come down as leaves and twigs cause most clogs in gutters. The other important time to clean your gutters is the spring or early summer as pollen, flower petals and seeds such as maple “helicopters” can build up. Also, most deciduous trees drop debris in the spring, so even those of you living in conifer forests aren’t off the hook. Those who live in heavily wooded areas may find it necessary to clear the gutters three or four times a year.

And it’s not just the horizontal gutters you need to worry about. Always make sure the downspouts are not clogged and that they are carrying water away from the house foundation.

Tips for DIY gutter cleaning

Gutter cleaning is something you can do on your own if you know how to clean gutters, but it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Follow these safety tips to avoid damage to your home and trips to the emergency room.

1. Choose the right ladder for the job. For single-story houses, use a four-legged stepladder. You’ll probably need an extension ladder for two-story homes.

2. Inspect the ladder to make sure it’s sturdy and all of the steps are in good condition. Climb the first two steps to determine if the ground is level. For soft soil, place plywood under the legs of the ladder.

3. Never rest the ladder on your gutters as they weren’t design to hold up to that kind of pressure and the additional weight can cause them to bend, break or collapse.

4. Wear thick work gloves to protect your hands from dirt, animal waste, sharp debris and other hazards. Leather or suede gloves will provide the best protection.

5. Wear protective eyewear or goggles to prevent eye injuries. This is important when removing debris because a host of animals and insects can be living within the debris.

6. Use rubber-soled shoes if you need to walk on the roof.

7. Get a spotter.  The the best way to keep the ladder sturdy is to have someone hold the ladder while you’re on it. Another safety precaution is to keep both legs and one hand on the ladder at all times.

8. Attach a bucket securely to the shelf of the ladder with a lanyard to collect debris so you can use both hands.

9. Use a plastic gutter scoop to remove large debris from the gutter.

Gutter guards and screens

If you want extra protection for your gutters and to clean your gutters less often, gutter guards are a great option to consider. But if your goal is to never get up on a ladder again to scoop out leaves, you are out of luck with this option. Even the best gutter guard systems require regularly cleaning every few years.

Gutter guards are designed to prevent clogs by allowing water to flow to the gutter while keeping debris out. There are several types of guards available but not every type is right for every environment, so understanding exactly how each system works will allow you to choose the one that’s best for your home.

Types of gutter guards

You can generally classify gutter guards into one of three categories: screens, inserts or reverse curves.

Screens are the most common and work by covering your existing gutter with a membrane that allows water through, but blocks debris. The screens can be simple, like the screens that cover your windows, or complex with several layers of fine mesh to block even the smallest of particles. Like all filters, screens will need to be removed and cleaned from time to time.

Inserts are the least expensive and easiest to install. These guards fill the gutter with a porous material, such as foam, which allows water to filter through while blocking most debris. Inserts will need to be regularly removed and cleaned, and smaller pieces of debris may still collect in your gutter over time.

Reverse curves are slightly more advanced. They direct water over a curve and into a small slit while allowing gravity to force other debris to fall off the roof. The best reverse-curve systems require little maintenance, but while they’re efficient at keeping debris out, they may have water collection issues during heavy storms.

Gutter guard installation procedures and cost

Gutter guards systems can range widely in price from just a few dollars to upward of $30 per lineal foot installed. The average home has about 200 feet of gutter and $1,500 is an average starting cost for professional gutter guard installation.

Foam guards are usually the cheapest type of gutter guard and require minimal installation.

Screens have the widest variety of cost and installation expense, ranging from easy-to-install inserts to very complex. Simple screens need to be attached to the gutters and roof with screws or tape and can be installed in a few hours, while more advanced filtering systems require professional installation.

Reverse curves are usually the most expensive option and prices can reach up to $30 per foot. They should be installed by a professional to ensure optimal performance.

Hiring a gutter cleaning service

If you really want to never clean your gutters again, your only option is to hire a gutter cleaning service. This can be a particularly good choice for homeowners who have gutters that are difficult to reach, or who no longer feel physically comfortable doing the job themselves. No matter the reason, the most important thing is to regularly clean your gutters because the cost of neglect is too high.

The cost of gutter cleaning depends on the length and type of gutters you have as well as the height of your home as certain circumstances may require special equipment. Most companies charge a flat fee per foot of gutter, but the cost can rise, depending on the complexity of the work. Prices range from $75 to $225 for an average home.

Hiring a good gutter cleaning service is like anything else — you need to be careful who you pick. Make sure the company has insurance and a good track record.Angie’s List members are able to search for gutter cleaning companies in their communities and see which ones have been given good recommendations from past customers.



05 Oct 2016

What to Know Before Hiring Gutter Installers

Proper sizing is key

Gutter installation is not rocket science, but it is something that does require some basic engineering.  A single run along the lower edge of a shed roof with a corner downspout is about as simple as it gets.  Homes with multiple roof lines, various degrees of pitch and multiple gables add a level of complexity that requires a plan. The key factor in developing this plan is to scale the system based on the square footage being served and factoring in your potential for heavy down pours.  The downpour factor is based on weather data and varies by region.  A 5 minute “burst” in Seattle is rated at only 2.1 inches per hour, while the same “burst” in Atlanta is 8.3 inches per hour.  A 5” K style gutter is rated to move about 5500 sq feet, while a 6” version can handle over 7500 sq feet. A Seattle roofer will install different gutters than a roofer in Atlanta. Knowing what Mother Nature can throw at you will allow you to plan accordingly.

Pitch and downspouts

Gutters make up half of the roof’s collection system. The downspouts make up the rest.  Sizing here also can make the system perform properly.  A basic 2 x 3 inch rectangular downspout is rated for about 600 sq feet, while a 3 x 4 inch spout can handle 1200 sq feet.  One way to squeeze out some more performance of the system is to increase the slope of the gutter.  Normal installs are typical at about ¼” of slope in 10 feet, with down spouts needed about every 40 lineal feet.  As an example: if you have a 50 foot run, a downspout should be installed at both ends.  For proper flow the pitch should be centered from the middle out to the spouts. Steeper pitch of the gutter allows the water to flow more freely and it helps with keeping the gutters free of debris.  Extreme pitch however may look a bit wacky from the street and add complications in its install along the fascia.

Gutter guards or open?

This is the big question many face when it comes to an install. Do I need one? Do they work? Is it worth the extra money?  Many gutter companies will insist that you need these and therefore try to milk more money out of you.  This is where you need to consider your local environment, maintenance schedule and DIY ability.  If your home is located in a forest that sees leaf or needle drop, you are at more risk for needing a gutter guard system.  Gutter location will also dictate their need.  My home is in an area where pine needles are common.

When I installed gutters on my own home I had the seamless company install basic open gutters on 2 of my three eaves.  One eave is over 30 feet in the air and drips along a seldom-traveled area of the yard.  That part of the home is also on pier footings so my concern for water infiltration was minimal.  Clearing the gutter there would be a complex and risky process. Where my gutters are installed are along the driveway side and the deck side. The deck side is more prone to needle drop, and catches more due to the roof size and prevailing winds but having the deck there makes clean out a breeze, a simple step ladder and a few minute every other year and I’m good to go. The opposite side is a 2nd story run but is pretty needle free.

Your choice to install guards should be based on you local situation, and despite the claims many will still require some periodic cleaning. Some designs make this process far worse than an open top system…so the benefit can be nonexistent.