By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Just do it. Install mesh screens in your gutters and you'll never have the unpleasant task of cleaning your gutters to remove pine needles, leaves and debris. At about a buck for a 3-foot section of mesh, the total sum adds up, but not having to make the trek up the ladder twice a year is worth the investment. But, before you install the mesh screens, you should thoroughly clean the gutters.
Carefully position a ladder against the house and then, wearing heavy gloves, scoop out the dirt and debris that has settled in the gutters. To keep the lawn tidy, put the debris in a bucket and then transfer it to a garbage bag when the bucket fills up. You can scoop out the debris and throw it to the ground, but that creates more cleanup work. Work your way around the perimeter of the house moving the ladder every few feet. Use a garden hose to flush out the gutters and clean them before installing the guards.
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A handyman will charge $605 to install 200 feet of aluminum guards which includes labor and material. You can buy the guards for $300 and do it yourself and pocket a 50 percent savings. The sections connect by clipping or snapping them together. To cut them to size use a tin snips or heavy scissors.
If you're looking for an online source of gutter guards, covers, screens and filters go to www.guttersupply.com.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install gutter guards you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.