The Scary Truth About Cleaning Gutters
For many homeowners, cleaning gutters is an important part of maintaining the curb appeal and functionality of their homes. This is especially true during the fall months when leaves are steadily dropping onto their roofs and into the gutters.
What makes this home maintenance chore different from regular maintenance tasks, however, is the potential risk of serious injury. Cleaning gutters requires climbing a ladder, sometimes to rather scary heights, although you don’t have to be very high off the ground to risk falling from a ladder. Before you think that this would never happen to you, it’s important to realize that ladder accidents can be caused by several different reasons, including:
1. Older ladders that become weak and unstable
2. Contact with electrical wiring
3. Snagging clothing on the roof or ladder
4. Uneven ground below the ladder
Regardless of the cause, ladder accidents can lead to severe injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 500,000 people are treated every year for ladder-related accidents. Out of that number, 300 of those accidents are fatal. While cleaning your gutters may seem important, falling from a ladder is just not worth the risk.
At Exterior Source, we advocate for a solution that not only removes ladders from the equation but also improves the curb appeal and overall look of your home: LeafGuard Gutter Systems. This seamless gutter system comes with a built-in hood that covers the top of the gutter to keep leaves out. The hood is designed with a specific curve to help rainwater slide into the gutter while debris, such as leaves and pine needles, roll right off. This keeps your gutters clog-free and functioning properly. Unlike add-on gutter hoods that can be attached to your existing gutters, LeafGuard gutters are roll-formed from one continuous piece of aluminum, so there are no seams and cracks.
LeafGuard is so confident of their product that they offer a clog-free guarantee, meaning if your gutters clog we’ll come out to clean them ourselves. Stop risking injury with rickety ladders and get LeafGuard!