It’s the time of year to finish up winterizing your house before the cold weather sets in. Cleaning gutters is an often-neglected chore that is very important to remember before Winter hits. To do so effectively, you’re going to need the right type of ladder for the job! Keep reading to find out what is the best type of ladder for cleaning gutters!
Importance of Cleaning Gutters
It is important to clean your gutters of any debris year round. As the leaves fall during this season, the chances of clogging and increase dramatically. It’s smart to clean your gutters once the majority of leaves have fallen. It is important for a number of reasons.
If water is unable to run freely down your gutters and into your storm drain, it can cause backup. Water backup during the winter months can damage your gutter, sometimes pulling it away from the roof.
It can also cause a buildup of ice that leaks into the walls, damaging the interior of your home. Make sure your gutter is cleaned properly this year by getting the right type of ladder for cleaning gutters.
The Best Type of Ladder for Cleaning Gutters
The best type of ladder for cleaning gutters (or any other project that requires you to be near the roof) is an extension ladder. Extension ladders are great because their height can be altered. They work for a variety of different roof heights. Extension ladders use a pully system that that slides one portion of the ladder toward or away from the other. The top area of the sliding portion will rest against the secure part of your roof.
For maximum safety, the top portion of the ladder should extend at least 3 feet above the roof ledge. The ladder should also be leaning at a 75-degree angle from the ground. This will ensure stability and safety when you are cleaning your gutter.
Extension ladders come in a range of sizes. Purchase the one that works best for your house dimensions. We recommend the Louisville Lightweight Extension Ladder, which ranges from 20 to 28 feet. If you are looking for a wider range of options, the Lunar Fiberglass by Little Giant Ladder comes in 15 different sizes. Both ladders are lightweight, durable, and provide maximum safety to the user.
How to Clean Your Gutter
Once the above things have been done, you are ready to clean your gutter. Grab a pair of work gloves and climb slowly up to the top of the ladder until you are just above eye level with the gutter.
Use your hands to remove any leaves, sticks, or debris that have gathered in the gutter. We recommend throwing it on the ground and cleaning it up later to avoid any safety hazards.
Avoid overextending your arm’s reach on either side. Instead, climb back down the ladder and move the ladder progressively in one direction, then repeating the process each time. This may seem tedious, but is very important to maintain your safety.
We hope this article has helped you choose a ladder that will serve you well when you are cleaning gutters, hanging Christmas lights, or any other chore that requires an extension ladder.