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Make sure to take precautions when climbing ladders this fall when attempting gutter and roof maintenance.

Your Gutter Cleaning Conquest

Gutter Maintenance Is A Must

Rainwater can cause damage and wear and tear on your home, especially if it is not collected and diverted away from your property. At least two times a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, we suggest a gutter check. Below are a few safety tips, tool, and maintenance suggestions to think about before cleaning your gutters.

 

By wearing you will protect yourself against decomposing leaves that can contain bird and squirrel droppings which are full of bacteria.
By wearing you will protect yourself against decomposing leaves that can contain bird and squirrel droppings which are full of bacteria.

 

Take Precautions

Cleaning your gutters is a dangerous task. Here are some tips that can help you avoid injuries and safely clean out your gutters:

  1. Let someone know that you will be working on a ladder.
  2. Use a sturdy ladder.
  3. Inspect the ladder. Check for defects and make sure screws and bolts are tightly fastened.
  4. The extension-hinge arms should be entirely extended and locked into place before climbing.

 

climbing a ladder
Every year more than 500,000 people are treated for ladder-related injuries, so it is important to take precaution when climbing ladders to clean your gutters.

 

What To Wear

In order to clean your gutters safely, protecting your hands, eyes, and wearing the proper shoes is important.

  1. Wear gloves & proper eyewear. Gloves will guard you against decomposing leaves that can contain bird and squirrel droppings which are full of bacteria.
  2. Wear rubber sole shoes. They tend to adhere best to wet surfaces and can help prevent dangerous slips or falls when having to climb on the roof.

 

What You Will Need

Choosing the right tools for the job vary home to home, but we will give you a ballpark of where to start.

  1. A step ladder is great for single story homes where extension ladders are ideal for two-story homes or taller.
  2. Gutter cleaning scoop (preferably plastic to eliminate damaging or scratching the gutter) if you don’t want to use your hands.
  3. If your ladder has a small shelf you can set the bucket on that to collect the leaves and debris from the gutter.
  4. Water hose.

 

Cleaning Your Gutters

Step 1:

Start at the top and work your way down. Cut back branches or foliage that hang over your roof and remove all debris.

Step 2:

Clear the corners and downspouts of your gutters first. Toss debris in a bucket to avoid throwing on the ground where it can become a slipping hazard.

Step 3:

Clear your straight runs.

Step 4:

After you think all of the debris has been removed and the gutters are clear test them out. Run the water hose to check that the gutter system is draining properly. Check for leaks and clogs. If you run into a clog in the downspout, try and flush it out from the bottom, if that doesn’t work, you may have to remove the downspout all together.

Step 5:

Schedule semiannual cleanings. Stay ahead of water damage caused by clogged gutters with routine maintenance. But doing so you can extend the life of your gutters as well!

 

Make sure to take precautions when climbing ladders this fall when attempting gutter and roof maintenance.
Make sure to take precautions when climbing ladders this spring when attempting gutter and roof maintenance.

 

Invest in LeafGuard®

By installing LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, you can eliminate gutter cleaning forever. Talk about the best way to clean out gutters by never cleaning them again! Time is money, consider the average cost of gutter cleaning and the time it takes year after year; it adds up, and your time is valuable. By investing in the original and only one-piece, patented, seamless covered gutter system, you can eliminate leaks and the threat of water damage caused by faulty gutters. In addition, you will remove the chances of injury associated with climbing ladders to clean gutters.

 

Keep leaves, twigs, debris, and pests out with LeafGuard® Brand gutters protective hood.
Keep leaves, twigs, debris, and pests out with LeafGuard® Brand gutters protective hood.

 

Contact Us

Just thinking of the time and effort it will take to clean gutters is exhausting. It is one of the worst home maintenance chores homeowners have to worry about. Never search “Gutter Cleaning Service Near Me” again, and contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma for your free LeafGuard® gutter estimate.

It’s Officially Spring!

Pantone® Color of the Year

We are celebrating the first day of spring with color! We are excited to share Pantone’s color of the year. 2019 is the year of Living Coral! Pantone describes its color as, “An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. This vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment” (Pantone®).

 

Add a Pop of Color to Your Home

It can be a challenge to introduce a bolder color like Living Coral to your home. We decided to pair our GAF Timberline Ultra HD charcoal asphalt shingles and white LeafGuard® Brand Gutters with Living Coral. The charcoal color is calming and neutral allowing it to be the perfect backdrop when combined with this spirited color. Not sure where to introduce the color to the exterior of your home? Here are a few tips on ways you can incorporate this year’s pop of color, or any pop of color for that matter into your home.

 

Living Coral with GAF shingles and LeafGuard® gutters.
We paired GAF’s Timberline Ultra HD® charcoal asphalt shingles and white LeafGuard® Gutters with Living Coral.

 

Outdoor Furniture

If you have an outdoor living space, here is a great place to introduce the color by adding accent pillows, seat cushions or rugs. This is an option that when you feel like switching things up, it’s a simple and inexpensive replacement.

 

patio furniture
Photo credit: www.sullivanbandbs.com

 

coral rug
Photo credit: www.target.com

 

Lighting

Lanterns and lamp shades are an easy and attractive way to add a splash of color and lighting to an outdoor space.

coral lamp shade
Photo credit: House of Sofia

 

Landscaping

Adding flowers and various plants to your landscaping are a great investment, add curb appeal and a splash of color at the same time. For example, Dahlia’s offer an assortment of coral-colored blossoms.

 

Dahlia flower
Richards, F. D. “Dahlia Happy Single Date.” Flickr, Yahoo!, 10 Aug. 2009, www.flickr.com/photos/50697352@N00/3808890322.

 

Is your home in need of more than just a new color theme? LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is a GAF Master Elite® Roofing Contractor and the only LeafGuard® Brand Gutter installer in the state of Oklahoma. For all your exterior home maintenance needs, contact us today.

Spring Gutter Maintenance

Spring is Around the Corner

We often focus heavily on fall gutter maintenance, but the truth is, spring gutter maintenance is just as important. Why are we conditioned this way? Falling leaves are hard to ignore. The site of overflowing leaves in your gutters is an eyesore and good indication that the gutters are unable to perform correctly. In the spring, visually it might not be as noticeable that you have clogs or maintenance is needed.

 

Spring rains in Oklahoma can lead to major issues if your gutters are left unchecked.
Spring rains in Oklahoma can lead to major issues if your gutters are left unchecked.

 

Maintenance is a Must

Spring means showers. Gutters are the first line of defense in directing water away from your home. Gutters protect your roof, siding, soffits, windows, foundation and more, that is why inspection and maintenance are so important. Before heavy rains begin to fall, inspect, clean, and check your gutter system for damage.

Remember, check the ENTIRE draining system. The downspouts play an equally important role in diverting rainwater quickly and safely away from your home. An easy way to check for clogs and clean the downspouts is, turn the water on and run a hose down from the top. If you notice water backing up into the gutter, you may have to take apart the downspout and find the cause of the clog.

If you don’t feel comfortable climbing a ladder to maintenance your gutters or if you have found that your gutters need a little more attention than just some spring cleaning, it is best to call a professional.

 

clog-free gutters
Are you fed up with climbing ladders? With LeafGuard®, your gutters are clog-free guaranteed.

 

Hiring a Contractor

If you are looking to hire a gutter contractor rather than attempting to fix on your own, rest easy knowing that LeafGuard® of Oklahoma will get the job done right the first time. We are a team of highly skilled professionals with a level of experience and expertise that comes with years of work, dedication, and ongoing training.

 

Professional employees, make customer service our top priority.
We are proud to have served thousands of happy Oklahoma customers with our maintenance-free LeafGuard® gutters. Our staff of hard-working and professional employees, make customer service our top priority.

 

Tired of seasonal maintenance and the worry that comes with it? LeafGuard® Brand Gutters provide you with peace of mind and a maintenance-free solution. Contact LeafGuard® of Oklahoma today for your free evaluation.