Gutter Cleaning or Gutter Guards We are often asked the question is putting Gutter Guards on your home worth the cost or should you have your gutters cleaned periodically. There is a simple answer to that question. Gutters protect your homes foundation, siding and landscaping. When gutters get Clogged several things can happen. Clogged gutters can back up into your soffit and rot out the wood behind the gutter. Clogged gutters can easily flood your basement and rot out your siding. They can also clog your underground drainage system. The issue with gutter cleaning is timing. You can have your gutters clean at noon and by the time you come home the wind has generously filled them with new leaves. If you wait to long in the fall gutters end up freezing with all the debris still inside.This can add a lot of weight to your gutters and they can literally start pulling away from your home. Some gutter companies will generously supply you with a contract to clean your gutters anywhere from 2-6 times a years which can get expensive. Don’t get me wrong in some situations our homeowners have limited amounts of trees around their home. In these extremely rare cases gutter guards are not needed. I think the more agonizing decision is what gutter guard is right depending on the types of trees you have around your home. CKG Contractors Inc. AKA We have installed several types of gutter guards since we opened our door in the 90’s. This is what I know about the different types of gutter guards. Re Curve gutter guards are not good if you have pine trees or a lot of wild life. Pine needles will get into these types of gutter guards and clog the entire system. Birds and squirrel’s maybe snakes depending where you live also like to make their home in your gutters. Plastic guards with mesh like the Big Stores sell fail within a couple years. They are not strong enough to handle the freeze and thaw in NJ and the adhesives they use to hold the mesh on will eventually start blowing in the wind. Then there is the popular metal grated gutter guards that act like a sifter when the wind blows allowing leaves to be broken into pieces and clogging your gutters. At CKG Contractors Inc. we use Rhino Gutter Guards with amazing success. The Rhino Gutter guard is made of Embossed aluminum and is double hemmed so the micro mesh will never come off. The Rhino gutter guard has all the accessories that the other guards still don’t. Rhino has caps to go over your down spouts so no animals can enter. Rhino Gutter guards have manufactured inside and outside miters so you don’t have to make miters out of the actual gutter guard screen. We have installed thousands of feet of the Rhino Gutter Guard without a single complaint or failure. Rhino Gutter Guard Leaf protection does what it is supposed to do what every gutter guard is supposed to do keeps your gutters perfectly clean and water flowing. Not even the granules from your shingles can get through the micro mesh. Listen I get it another pitch for another gutter guard. At CKG Contractors Inc. We offer the best systems that work that’s why I Have Rhino Gutter Guards on my house and my mom’s house. Give us a call if you are considering gutter cleaning or gutter guards. In some situations you may just need them on one particular gutter that is getting clogged. CKG Contractors Inc can evaluate your gutter cleaning issues and come up with a realistic game plan. That includes just checking the gutter system too see if the gutters are holding leaves or the gutters are functioning properly without a gutter guard. Thanks for your interest.