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Tips to keep autumn leaves from clogging gutters

Gerry Murray Gerry Murray
Angie Hicks Angie Hicks
One type of gutter cover being installed. One type of gutter cover being installed.
Gerry Murray demonstrates screen gutter guard system. Gerry Murray demonstrates screen gutter guard system.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Cleaning your gutters is a messy and potentially dangerous job, but putting it off can lead to bigger problems. It only takes a few leaves to pile up, clog your gutters and cause your home to flood. To keep the water out, you need to keep leaves and debris from getting in.

Low-cost products like pre-cut foam or whisker brushes work for awhile, but a professionally installed system can significantly reduce debris and last up to 20 years, according to Gerry Murray with Gutter Covers of Indiana.

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Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List, says a gutter cover works wonders. However, they won't eliminate the need to clean your gutter guards completely, they will just reduce the number of times you have to clean them, and also make it quicker and easier.

Professionally installed systems cost anywhere from $5 per foot for a basic cover to as much as $20 per foot for a micro-mesh system designed to handle almost any debris.

On an average home, experts say the price to install mid-range gutter guards runs from $1,500 to $2,000. A steeply pitched roof or one with a lot of corners could add to that cost. 

Angie recommends asking your contractor about what system is the right system for your home. If you only have trees on one side of your house, a basic system should work, whereas if you have several trees a high-end one would be needed.

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