Getting your gutter cleaned is a task that every homeowner has to tackle at some point. It’s not fun or pretty, but it’s a reality we all face.
Some people elect to do it themselves, while others prefer to go the route of hiring seasoned professionals.
The underlying question for many property owners is “how long will the gutter cleaning process take?”
Will it require days to clean my gutter or just a few hours?
Size of your Gutter System
The biggest factor in knowing the time commitment for your gutter cleaning process is to first determine the size of your gutter system.
For example, what is the square footage of your home? This will give you a sense of how much gutter space will need to be cleaned.
Number of Levels on your Home
How many stories are in your home? Essentially, the more stories you have the more reason to call a gutter cleaning professional.
If your home is 2 or 3 levels, the project could take between 2-4 hours. If it’s a single-story home, you may be able to do it yourself in under 1 hour.
If you have multiple stories, you will likely struggle to eliminate all debris when you try doing it yourself.
On the other hand, when you hire professionals you will ensure that your gutters get cleaned thoroughly no matter how many levels are on your home.
How Long Ago Did You Get Gutters Cleaned?
When was the last time your gutters got cleaned professionally? If it’s been a year or longer (gasp!) then it might take a while to get them back in good condition.
It’s recommended to get your gutters cleaned once in the spring and once during fall. Keeping up with this regimen will ensure faster, safer removal of debris. If completed twice a year, you shouldn’t expect about two hours of cleaning each time a professional comes out.
Cleaning gutters twice a year will also alleviate them from water damage that can accumulate over time, especially during winter and spring.
How Long Will They Last?
If you keep your gutters well-maintained, by hiring a professional to clean them out twice a year, you could theoretically see them last upwards of 30 to 40 years. Yes, it’s possible!
For more information see: How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?