Cleaning out gutters is a dirty but essential part to any home maintenance routine. Gutters protect your home from potential water damage by diverting water away from the home. If your gutters are clogged, they will not work properly, and may cause severe damage. Learning how to clean gutters without a ladder not only keeps you safe, but it ensures your gutters are properly functioning. 

Unfortunately, ladder falls are common and make gutter cleaning a dangerous task. In fact, thousands of people are injured every year from ladder falls. Read on to discover how to safely clean gutters from ground.

Why Important to Clean Gutters

As stated, gutters play a vital role in protecting your home’s foundation from water damage. If you have clogged gutters, or no gutters, water can leak into windows or the basement of your home. Sitting water can quickly cause damage.

Typically, gutter guards require minimal maintenance to work properly. As long as you are keeping your gutters free of debris, you should be in good shape. When your gutters do get clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris, water will spill over the top and down the side of your home. These spills can cause damage to your home’s roof, siding, and foundation. 

Additionally, in the winter melting snow and freezing rain can cause ice dams to form in your gutters. Ice dams can pull your gutters away from the roof, and even pose a danger to people walking below. Therefore, homeowners should clean their gutters at least twice a year. 

Cleaning Gutters From the Ground

Cleaning gutters from the ground is a safer option than with ladder. It may take a little longer than using a ladder since you can’t directly see the top or inside of the gutter system. But overall it’s easy to clean gutters from the ground. 

While many people have come up with creative DIY options for gutter cleaning from the ground, there are a few popular methods using store bought attachments.

1. Leaf Blower Method

Leaf blower attachments are commonly sold by many companies to be used for gutter cleaning from the ground. The attachment is a long pipe with a curved end to fit inside the gutter. This allows you to blow debris from inside the gutter out to the ground below. This method is best for heavily clogged gutters such as packed leaves, dirt, and twigs. Make sure you have a rake handy to clean up your lawn afterwards. 

2. Wet/Dry Vac Method

Similar to the leaf blower extension, a wet/dry vacuum extension allows you to vacuum the gutter from the ground. Most online retailers and hardware stores carry wet/dry vacuum kits. You may even be able to rent one. This method is great for mild debris such as dry leaves and mild dirt. But heavier debris like twigs and wet leaves may clog the vacuum and attachment. 

3. Garden Hose Method

A standard garden hose is a great option for cleaning gutters from the ground. Water hose attachments with a curved end are widely available. First, clean out the bulk of the debris with a leaf blower or wet/dry vacuum. Then hose down the gutter system to remove any mild dirt or debris that remains. A hose is also a great option for cleaning the outside of your gutters from the ground without a ladder. You don’t even need an attachment, just point and spray.

4. Pressure Washer Method

For heavy-duty gutter cleaning, turn to a pressure washer. The extension wand allows you to blast-away caked on dirt and debris. This method is perfect for gutters that haven’t been cleaned in a long time. It quickly and efficiently removes packed dirt and leaves, and clears clogged downspouts. Remember, it can get messy, so wear work clothes and plan to hose down your siding afterwards.

5. Gutter Sense Gutter Cleaning Tool

The gutter sense gutter cleaning tool was designed to make cleaning gutters from the ground a reality. It can be attached onto an extension pole and has been advertised to reach a two story gutter and grasp onto all types of debris including pine needles. The gutter sense gutter cleaning tool features tongs that are intended to run flat into the gutters even if the extension pole is canted. Keep in mind, it’s plastic and can break easily if not handled properly. Also, it works best on K-style gutters with flat bottoms and may not work with other types of gutters.

Gutter Cleaning Safety: Cleaning Gutters Without a Ladder

Cleaning gutters from the top of a ladder can be dangerous, but it is an effective method when done right. Alternatively, cleaning your gutters from the ground is a much safer option. Using one of the above methods will allow you to keep your feet on the ground while cleaning your gutters. 

If your gutters haven’t been cleaned in a while, you may need to start by cleaning them by hand. This most likely means climbing a ladder. If you do climb a ladder, use a sturdy extension ladder, and have someone at the base to stabilize the ladder. 

For two-story or higher homes, you should seriously consider hiring a professional gutter cleaning service. These companies have the proper equipment and training to access high gutter systems safely. Never climb on your roof to clean your gutters, it’s not worth the risk. 

And, when in doubt, call your local gutter cleaning professional.

DIY Gutter Cleaning

Many of the above attachments have been recreated for DIY gutter cleaning. But, these DIY options are typically made from piping and fittings. Therefore, most homemade gutter cleaning attachments are heavy and cumbersome, making them difficult to use.

The Solution: Install Gutter Protection

The best method for cleaning gutters without a ladder is to prevent them from clogging in the first place. Regular gutter maintenance can go a long way in keeping debris and reducing the frequency of gutter cleaning. Installing a gutter guard is a long-term solution to gutter cleaning.

LeafFilter gutter guards keep leaves and debris out while allowing water to run through. The patented micro-mesh screen has no holes, gaps, or large openings, so even pine needles, shingle grit, and seed pods stay out. It installs directly onto gutters without disturbing the roof, and helps prevent damages related to clogged gutters. 

To learn more about LeafFilter and how we can help keep you off your ladder. Click here or call the number above to schedule a free consultation.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Gutter cleaning is messy, dirty, and just plain gross, but it is necessary for a properly maintained home. 

Your gutters do an essential job of moving water away from your home’s foundation. It’s best to clean your gutters at least twice a year for maximum efficiency. Gutter cleaning costs $162 on average. The price will fluctuate depending on factors, including gutter length, where you live, and more. 

How Much Does Professional Gutter Cleaning Cost Near You?

Like most things, where you live plays a big factor in how much you’ll pay for gutter cleaning. Depending on your state, living costs, labor costs, the climate, and how many trees are near your home all factor into gutter cleaning costs. You can contact your nearest LeafFilter office to get your local gutter cleaning cost estimate. 

Here are some average costs you may pay for professional gutter cleaning in the following states:

  • California: $140–$270
  • Florida: $110–$260
  • Texas: $130–$250
  • Massachusetts: $120–$240
  • Illinois: $100–$170
  • New York: $120–$230

Factors That Influence the Cost of Gutter Cleaning

The cost of cleaning gutters will depend on various factors, with square footage being the most significant factor. U.S. homeowners can expect to pay between $119 and $227 for a single gutter cleaning. Additionally, gutter type, the number of levels of your home, and even travel time can impact the cost of hiring a gutter cleaning professional. 

Gutter Length & Home Height

The length of your gutters will affect the cost of gutter cleaning. A single-story home runs between $70 to $120 for gutters that encompass about 200 square feet. In comparison, a two-story home will cost anywhere from $95 to $200 per 200 square feet. When you get to three stories or more, it costs nearly double, between $170 to $425 per 200 square feet. Additional services like cleaning downspouts will add $50–$100 to the cost. 

If your gutters are seriously clogged from being neglected over time, you could be looking at a cost upwards of $500 for the extra time and effort it takes.


It’s pretty simple, the steeper your roof, the higher the cost to clean your gutters. Typically, you’ll see a 15% increase in gutter cleaning costs for a home with a steep roof. There are a few reasons for this, most notably an increase in time, energy, and risk to complete the job. 

Condition of Your Gutters

Expect to pay more if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your gutters. Your gutters will most likely be dirty and filled with debris. Cleaning out branches, soggy leaves, animal nests, and other debris takes more time. Additionally, if your gutters are older, you may need to replace your worn-out guards, caps, or fascia. 

Accessibility to Roof & Gutters

Cleaning on a ladder always comes with some level of risk. If your gutters are easy to access, then you’ll be charged less for gutter cleaning costs. On the other hand, if trees or other objects hinder access to the roof or your home is on a hill, it becomes more difficult to reach the gutters. Therefore, the cost of cleaning your gutters will increase. 

Cleaning Frequency

As stated, you should clean your gutters at least twice a year. If you have lots of trees near your home, you’ll want to schedule a cleaning three to four times a year. A good reminder is to clean your gutters at the start of each season. Also, anytime there is a heavy storm with high winds and lots of flying debris, you want to inspect your gutters to see if they need cleaning. 

Labor & Travel Costs

The cost of labor will always factor into gutter cleaning costs. Gutter cleaning services typically charge by the hour or linear square foot. If labor costs are higher in your area, expect to pay more. Materials and equipment are also included in your gutter cleaning costs. Some gutter cleaning services also charge a travel fee depending on their service area.

3 Tips: What to Ask When Hiring a Gutter Cleaning Service

When hiring a gutter cleaning service, you want to keep a few things in mind to avoid hidden costs. Like any business, gutter cleaning companies include different services in the price quote. The top three things to consider when hiring a gutter cleaning company are:

  1. The quote should include cleaning out the leaves and debris clogging your gutters, bagging the waste, and flushing the entire system. 
  2. Ask if the removal of debris is included in the quote.
  3. Check if they inspect for damage to your gutters and tighten your fasteners during the process. Some companies will throw this extra in for free!

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

As you can see, hiring a gutter cleaner can be expensive. Expect to have your gutters cleaned several times yearly, as they can quickly fill up with dirt and debris. Over the lifetime of your home, this expense can add up to thousands of dollars.

Typically you’ll want to clean your gutters three times a year or at the change of seasons. If you live in a milder climate or don’t have many (or any) trees near your home, you could have them cleaned twice a year. Installing gutter guards can reduce gutter cleaning to a simple wipe-down once a year. 

What Time of Year is Best for Gutter Cleaning?

You can clean your gutters any time of the year. Experts advise the best time to clean your gutters is in the fall when leaves are falling and in the spring after snow and ice have melted. Since gutter cleaning services are in high demand in the fall and spring, expect to pay more. 

To save on costs, have your gutters cleaned in the winter. With demand down in most parts of the country, you’ll find lower prices and, most likely, a few seasonal promotions. Winter is also an excellent time to maintain your gutters, especially in colder parts of the country. Ice and snow build-up can quickly cause damage to your gutter system and roof. 

For those living in areas more susceptible to wildfires, you’ll want to be mindful of keeping your gutters clean throughout the spring and summer. Regularly cleaning debris out of your gutters can help minimize the chances of flying embers from igniting in your gutters. Visit CalFire’s Ready for Wildfire website for more information on wildfire safety, preparation, and state codes. 

Gutter Cleaning: DIY vs Professional 

Cleaning yourself may seem the easiest and cheapest way to go about gutter cleaning. After all, the only costs are your time and equipment, like a ladder and trowel. But the truth is cleaning your gutters brings added risks. Falling off the ladder is the most significant risk. 

Ladder falls are one of the top reasons for emergency room visits. This is especially dangerous for those with multi-level homes. That’s why it’s best to leave the gutter cleaning to the pros. 

Professional gutter cleaners are more comfortable working on high ladders. In addition, they have the proper equipment to safely lean, reach, and clean out debris while on top of the ladder. A gutter cleaning pro will also be able to identify problem areas and damage to your gutter system. 

Having your gutters cleaned regularly by a professional will ensure your gutters look good and work properly for years to come. You won’t have to worry about water leaks, clogs, pest infestations, or damage to your home, which is worth the cost.

Gutter Guards: The Solution to Gutter Cleaning

If you are looking for a hands-free alternative to cleaning your gutters – there is a solution! A gutter guard protection system, like LeafFilter, will protect your gutters from dirt and debris, allowing only water to get in.

When researching gutter guards, it is essential to keep a few considerations in mind. Gutter guards help reduce the amount of debris that gets in the gutter. Most gutter guards will allow some dirt and debris to enter and can tend to clog. LeafFilter, on the other hand, features a micromesh filter that does not let any debris get in while continuing to allow water to flow through.

No gutter is entirely maintenance-free, but a gutter guard can greatly minimize the cleaning required. With LeafFilter, you can go from climbing a ladder and cleaning your gutters multiple times a year to wiping off your gutters once or twice a year.

In Conclusion: Is Cleaning Your Gutters Worth the Cost?

Maintaining a clean gutter system is vital to protecting your home. If your gutters are clogged with debris, you increase the chance of water damage to your roof and foundation. And a damaged foundation can cost you upwards of $5000 in repair costs. Annual gutter cleaning costs are much lower. 

While you can clean your gutters yourself, it’s best to have a trusted professional do the work. A professional gutter cleaner has the experience and proper equipment to clean your gutters safely. In addition, they will be able to identify any potential problems and repair costs. 

If you’d like more information on gutter cleaning costs or installing LeafFilter Gutter Guard, call us at 1-800-290-6106.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2019 and has been completely revamped with up-to-date cost averages and current industry trends.

Winter is officially upon us! Falling debris, snowfall, and freezing temperatures increase the chances of clogged gutters and water seeping into your roof or walls. And for many, an increased opportunity for ice dams to form. That’s why now’s the time to winterize gutters.

Can you install gutters in the winter? How can I keep my gutters from freezing over in the colder months? We often field these and similar questions from homeowners on our social media pages, and we’re happy to help! Our team of experts has put together this quick reference guide on winterizing your roof and gutters.

Should You Take Down Gutters in the Winter?

Gutters are essential to the upkeep of your home. Designed to carry water away from the most vulnerable parts of a house, like the roof and foundation. When spring showers arrive, snowmelt becomes an issue. The absence of gutters could cause all sorts of problems. Minor problems include the disturbance of soil and landscaping in your flower beds. At the same time, more significant issues like basement flooding can arise around this time.   

Often, we find that homeowners associate winterizing gutters with gutter removal because they are concerned about the formation of ice dams. While clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and freeze in the winter, gutters do not cause ice dams. 

Gutters covered with snow, ice, and icicles

Gutter problems often become more visible in the winter.

With the weight of snow and ice, some gutter systems may sag or even rip away from the home. Pictured here is an ice dam, a common condition seen across homes in snowy regions.

What Are Ice Dams?

Ice dams are massive sheets of ice that form near the edge of a roof. While it is easy to assume ice-covered gutters are responsible for ice dams, they are not the culprit.

Poor insulation and a loss of heat within the roof cause ice dams. Gutters are not typically heated, so this is often the portion of the roof that is coldest. As snow melts and slides down the roof, it freezes upon reaching the colder sections. Winterizing your roof and gutters is essential to preventing ice dams.

How to Winterize Gutters to Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams form at the mercy of environmental factors, including air that is below freezing and a thick layer of snow on the roof. Take a few simple steps to minimize the formation of ice dams.

  1. Clear Out Gutter Debris
    If your gutters are full of leaves, sticks, and other debris, they cannot drain water running down the roof. Gathered water will inevitably freeze, adding weight and wear to your gutter system. The simplest solution to winterize gutters is keeping them clean. 
  2. Properly Insulate Your Attic
    Increasing the amount of insulation in an attic space can help prevent heat loss. Less heat loss means lower utility bills and less snow melting on the roof. And less snow melting means less water freezing on roof edges and gutters.
  3. Apply Heat Tape to Your Gutters
    You could also consider heat tape, also called heating cables, which can cause ice dams to melt. However, they’re notoriously ineffective in snowy climates. The cycle of freezing and melting snow can cause ice dams to become even more problematic. Shingles may become damaged, and heat cables can elevate the risk of an electrical fire.
  4. Consider Alternative Roofing Materials
    A less common method to winterize gutters, but no less effective, is upgrading to a smoother roofing style, like a metal roof. A metal roof can prevent a thick, fluffy layer of snow from settling on the roof and freezing. Keep in mind this requires long-term planning and budgeting. Metal roofs often come with a high price tag but also have a longer lifespan than traditional roof styles. 
An icicle overflows past clogged gutters, causing them to sag

Unprotected gutters may be damaged in the winter months.

Snow and ice can weigh upon gutters, causing potential damage. Here, a clogged, overflowing gutter has warped under the weight of heavy icicles.

How to Keep Gutters From Getting Damaged by Snow

Not all gutter protection is created equal when it comes to winterizing gutters. DIY solutions like screens, brushes, and foam gutter guards can often collapse or freeze under the weight of snow and ice. Plus, cheap building materials may become brittle and crack as temperatures fluctuate. However, quality products like LeafFilter are designed to make winter worries a thing of the past. 

LeafFilter Gutter Protection is installed with internal structural supports to strengthen the guards and your home’s gutters. Its uPVC frame is coveted for its ability to withstand the elements. uPVC is a material often found in other element-facing products like windows and doors. So homeowners can rest assured that their LeafFilter guards won’t warp, crack, or fade after a few winters. 

Quick Tip: Keep Your Gutters From Freezing

Still, concerned about the risk of freezing? If your gutters are clean and flowing, you can rest easy. Often, clogs are a major culprit of wintertime issues. In many freezing environments, snow will gather inside and on your gutters no matter what you do. 

If you can easily reach your gutters, walking around the home with a broom and brushing snow off them is a quick and easy way to minimize the risk of ice formation.  

Additionally, ensuring your gutters are properly pitched and free of any leaks, cracks, or other concerns is essential to keeping them in the proper condition to perform.

3 FAQ: How to Winterize Gutters

Can you install gutters and gutter protection in the winter?

Gutters can be installed in the winter, as these should not disturb brittle shingles or the roof. LeafFilter Gutter Guards can also be installed in the winter for the same reason. But other types of gutter protection typically cannot be installed at this time of year. 

Many gutter guards are installed under your shingles, making working with brittle rooftops nearly impossible in the winter months. These gutter guards are also notorious for voiding roof warranties, so it’s best to stay away from any guard that disturbs your roof, no matter the season.

Should you knock icicles off gutters?

Icicles, as previously mentioned, may be caused by heat escaping from your roof or clogged gutters creating overflow. Either way, it’s best not to knock icicles down. In addition to falling debris threatening your safety, large pieces of ice may damage your home. In extreme instances, disturbing ice can cause your gutters to rip away from the roof.

Can I put ice melt on my roof?

Ice dams and icicles are concerning. But placing rock salt or chemical solutions on your roof and in your gutters is not recommended to winterize gutters. These solutions can damage your shingles and your gutter system’s longevity. Therefore, it is best to avoid this method of prevention.

An installer, using a special ladder that leans against the roof rather than the gutters, fits LeafFilter on a home.

Benefits of LeafFilter in Snowy Climates

LeafFilter has many benefits making it an excellent option for homes in snowy climates. Our corporate headquarters is located in the Lake Erie snowbelt, so we know a thing or two about heavy snow!

  • Strength & Durability Internal hidden hangers provide added strength to your gutter system, diminishing the risk of your gutters buckling or sagging under the weight of heavy snow and ice. 
  • Innovative Design
    Snow will sit on top of the gutter protection instead of inside the gutter, creating a pocket of air. As the air around the gutter system melts the snow, meltwater passes through the gutter system and diverts away from your home. 
  • Keeps Debris Out
    By keeping your gutters clear all year-round, LeafFilter ensures your gutters are prepped to perform as soon as the snow begins to melt.

In Conclusion

Many homeowners opt to wait until spring to address gutter problems. But winterizing your gutters at the start of winter minimizes new gutter problems. Keeping your gutters clean of debris, ensuring proper insulation, and installing gutter guards, like LeafFilter, minimizes ice dams and potential gutter, roof, and home damage. 

LeafFilter is here to help year-round, even in the coldest months. You can schedule your free estimate today to take advantage of our winter schedule.  

Do you have a question? Connect with us on Facebook to keep the conversation going and to learn more about LeafFilter Gutter Protection. 

We know that cleaning gutters can be grueling and dreaded, but it is vital to the foundation of a home. We like to view gutters as an external plumbing system. Flooding, water overflow, and a cracked or damaged foundation can occur if your gutters are not taken care of. The hard truth is gutters require regular maintenance and replacing them can be a costly but necessary experience.

When is it time to replace your gutters?

There are a few telling signs that your gutters need replacing. Check out our top five signs of gutter system damage.

  1. Cracked Gutters
    As gutters age, they become vulnerable to cracks – some can be large and obvious. In contrast, others can be small and only noticeable during a rainstorm. Think of it as a small tear in a blowup pool – it starts with a slow leak and eventually will burst open, leading to costly damage. A cracked gutter defeats the purpose of gutters entirely, as the diversion of water is no longer moving away from the home’s foundation. Not fixing this problem right away can lead to larger cracks, especially during winter, as water freezes. In addition, cracked gutters put the foundation of a home at risk and can damage the fascia board or shingles on one’s roof.
  2. When Paint Begins to Peel or Gutters Begin to Rust 
    The paint on gutters is typically weather-resistant and holds up through extreme temperatures. When the color begins to chip or rust on gutters that are a few years old, it’s a sign that water is not draining correctly or cracks within the system are causing leaks. If rust occurs, these spots will quickly develop into holes. If the peeling paint goes beyond just the gutter, it is likely too late to repair, and a whole replacement is needed.
  3. Sagging Gutters
    There are various reasons that gutters may begin to sag, but all require inspection and possible replacement. Firstly, clogged gutters with no proper drainage can start to sag slightly. A gutter cleaning can usually help if caught early enough. Although, if left untreated and a significant amount of sagging occurs, a replacement could be essential. Secondly, as time goes on, the gutter’s fasteners can become worn down and disrupt the connection between the gutters and the house. Yes, they can be refastened, but only so many times. If gutter sagging occurs, it is a sign that it’s time to replace your gutters.
  4. Mildew 
    If places within a home accumulate excessive moisture, the musty smell of mildew will begin to occur. Mildew is a teller sign that there is water exposure within a house’s foundation; if this happens, it is likely due to a damaged gutter. Concerning cracked gutters or split seams, water will continually run down a home’s siding, causing a foundational issue. If mildew occurs, have a professional check your gutters immediately. If a repair is not possible, it is time for a replacement.
  5. Pooling Water or Water Damage
    After or during rainfall, check to see if there is pooling water near your home’s foundation. It’s a sign that water is not correctly being diverted from your home. Water overflow is not only evident during rainstorms, but there can be evident signs on a sunny day. Signs of water damage or marks underneath your gutters are signs of water overflow or leaking. If a gutter cleaning cannot solve the water pooling, it is time to consider a replacement.

How LeafFilter Can Help

Continual gutter maintenance is necessary to keep your gutters in the best shape possible. So if gutters are on your to-do list, let LeafFilter help you out. We can replace your current gutter system and help reduce the stress of cleaning your gutters. So don’t hesitate and schedule your free estimate today!

Plumbing systems are one of the most critical fixtures when buying a home. We know a compromised plumbing system can lead to pipe erosion, water leaks, and bursting pipes, costing thousands of dollars in repairs. Like plumbing, compromised gutters can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. That’s why it’s essential to understand what you need to know before buying gutters.  

Gutters are like an external plumbing system, so choosing the style best suited for your house should be just as crucial as ensuring your interior plumbing is intact. 

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Gutter Style 

Two main gutter styles are used across the U.S.: K-style gutters and half-round gutters. Let’s look at how these gutter styles vary, including material, size, and advantages.  

K-Style Gutters  


K-style gutters are the most popular choice for homeowners across America. Solid and easy to install, K-style gutters have been around since the 1940s and retain more water than other gutter styles. In addition, K-style gutters are stylish and fit in with most modern home designs today. This is why they are among the most popular gutters across the U.S. These gutters also come with a seamless finish option, reducing the risk of leaks and water damage compared to other gutter styles. 


Due to the K-style shape, these gutters can be more challenging to clean than other gutter systems. With one side flat and the other curved, the corners are hard to reach and hold leftover debris and water. Depending on the material, water in the gutter system can make it susceptible to corrosion, eventually leading to a repair or replacement. 

Half-Round Gutters 


Half-round gutters have a symmetrical U-shape which aesthetically suits older homes. The U-shape creates easy access to ensure the removal of all the debris with the changing seasons. In addition, with a smooth interior, water and waste move more freely to the downspout. Therefore, half-round gutters need less maintenance than other gutter options. This reduces the risk of leaks and overflow, which can lead to gutter corrosion. 


While U-shape gutters are easy to clean, they also easily collect debris. So, even with a smooth interior, this style of gutter typically needs regular maintenance to protect your home. 

Gutter Materials: What to Know Before Buying Gutters


Aluminum gutters are the most popular choice, with the main advantage being their ability to resist corrosion. As water continues to sit and flow through your gutter system, this style is rust-resistant, more durable, lightweight, cost-effective, and better suited for the changing seasons. 


Like aluminum, vinyl gutters are highly durable and rust-resistant. Vinyl gutters are not the most cost-effective; a ladder should not dent, scrape, or damage the gutter when placed upon it. When purchasing vinyl gutters, be sure to inspect the quality. Some cheaper vinyl products can be more prone to being weighed down by snow and ice. To reduce this risk, look for a thick vinyl product. 


Although copper gutters are beautiful and can add a unique appeal to one’s home, they also are the most expensive. Similar to the other materials, copper is rust-resistant and  is also the most durable. If cared for properly, these gutters can last for decades without needing to be replaced or repaired. 

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Gutter Size 

The amount of rain, the size, and the slope of your roof are determining factors when choosing a gutter size. That said, five and six-inch gutters are the most common sizes in the United States, while in Canada, eavestroughs can go up to fifteen inches. 

When determining the size of the gutter best suited for your home, it is essential to note that six-inch gutters are more costly but can withstand more rain. Six-inch gutters hold almost fifty percent more rain than five-inch gutters. They’re installed with larger downspouts and are less likely to clog.

Why Gutters Are Important 

The purpose of gutters is to move water away from your home and its foundation. Without gutters, you risk water sitting on your roof or running down your siding. Unfortunately, some homeowners ignore the signs of common gutter problems, leading to deterioration, rot, mildew, or mold. In addition, when water moves down the siding of a house, it causes erosion and weakening of the foundation, which can lead to basement flooding.

Although gutters can eliminate the threat of water damaging your home, these problems can still occur without proper maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can clog gutters causing water overflow and leaking, leading to foundation issues. 

How LeafFilter Can Help 

Not only does LeafFilter install gutters, but we also pride ourselves in being America’s #1 Rated Gutter Protection System*. By allowing one of our local estimators to evaluate what is best for you, we can reduce your stress about what you need to know before buying gutters. 


Many people might not realize the importance of gutters. When you forget to maintain this valuable extension of your home, the repercussions could be costly. These are some of the common gutter problems homeowners should know.


The most common problem homeowners experience with gutters is clogs caused by leaves and debris. This is a problem because clogged gutters can result in an overflow of water falling toward the foundation of your home. Keeping your gutters clear and free of debris is crucial to protecting your home. The easiest way to stop this common gutter problem from occurring is to stop gutter clogs by installing a gutter protection system, such as LeafFilter.

Foundation Cracks 

Rain gutters main job is to divert water away from the home. What this does is help to protect your home’s foundation. Without gutters, rainwater will begin to flow over your roof and settle around the foundation of the home, which can cause cracks, erosion, and even flooding. For more information on this common gutter problem, check out this article. 

Mold & Mildew 

No one likes the presence of mold or mildew. When you experience frequent rain showers, there is a chance your home might be susceptible to water damage. Gutters help to stop water from overflowing the side of your home, causing wood rot, paint chips, and the buildup of algae or mold. These tips offer quick ways to remove the buildup of mold and mildew on your gutters. 

Ice Dams 

While gutters don’t necessarily prevent ice dams, they do not cause this winter problem either. Having strong gutters can help protect your roof from the weight of snow and ice. Ice dams are caused by a loss of heat within your roof. Learn more about ice dams and how to prevent them. 

Gutters are an essential part of every home. Understanding these common gutter problems can help prevent spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs. An extra step to prevent these common gutter problems is by choosing a gutter protection you can trust. To schedule a free estimate, click here. 


With LeafFilter Gutter Protection installed on your home, you’ll no longer be spending countless hours on your ladder cleaning out dirty, clogged gutters after each passing season. You may not see a reason to hang onto your old ladder, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to throw it away. Repurpose your old ladder!

We’ve compiled a list of six quick and creative ways to give your ladder a new life in your spare time while giving your space a facelift at an affordable price.  

Before getting started, if your wooden ladder needs a little TLC, you can sand it by hand and finish it off with a stain or gloss of your choice for a polished and elevated vintage look. If you’re repurposing an old metal ladder, you can use a variety of techniques using everyday household items to get rid of tricky rust spots quickly. 

What are you waiting for—let’s get crafting! 

1. Cozy Blanket Holder 

With fall right around the corner, it’s time to get the blankets out, and while there’s no better feeling than getting cozy with a nice blanket, they can leave your space feeling cluttered. But what if we told you that you can take your old ladder and use it as a stylish way to display and organize your blankets? It’s so simple— prop your ladder against the wall and use the steps to drape your blankets over for a new living room statement piece! 


2. Herb Garden 

Regardless of the weather, you can repurpose your old ladder to grow herbs indoors or outdoors all year. All you need are small, hooked pots for hanging off the side of your ladder and all your family’s favorite herbs. You can use seeds or already grown plants – regardless, you’ll be cooking homemade meals with fresh herbs in no time!  


3. Hanging Pot Rack 

Not enough storage space in your kitchen? No problem. You can use your old ladder to recreate the popular hanging pot rack in a few simple steps. For this one, you’ll want to suspend your old ladder from the ceiling using ceiling hooks for an affordable yet trendy upgrade to your kitchen without the kitchen remodel price tag. With kitchens being the most expensive room in the house to remodel, this is a great alternative for those who need more space but don’t have the time or financial resources to invest. So not only are you saving money by upcycling your old ladder, but you’re also adding a new focal point to your space while giving you much-needed room to store all your kitchen necessities. 


4. Floating Bookshelf 

By now, you’ve seen some pretty neat ideas for hanging things from your ladder and the ladder itself. Instead of suspending it from the ceiling for this one, why not try attaching it directly to a wall to create a floating bookshelf? We all know how pricey a new store-bought bookshelf can be, let alone trying to DIY your own version, so it seems like a no-brainer to give this virtually free option a go. Try hanging it horizontally above your sofa or bed or adding it to your home office for extra book storage.  


5. Hanging Plant Oasis 

This one is for all the plant people out there. Do you have a corner in your house with the perfect amount of natural light that your house plants seem to thrive off, but no extra shelf or table space for more? Instead of hanging each plant from your ceiling, try suspending your old ladder to create a hanging plant oasis in any corner of your home. We have a feeling you may like this idea so much that you’ll be looking for more vintage ladders to utilize in your home.  


6. Outdoor Solar Light Chandelier 

Although it’s just beginning to change seasons, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t already looking forward to warm summer nights on the patio. Like the other crafts, suspending your ladder from an outdoor pergola or covered patio is an easy way to give your space a new look at a low price. Instead of pots, pans, and indoor plants, this time, try stringing solar lights on it to give your outdoor space a trendy yet functional facelift. We have a feeling you’ll find yourself having the most aesthetic summer dinner parties in no time! 


While you may no longer need to use your old ladder to clean out your gutters, we hope you can see the value in keeping it around. With all the time you’re saving by having LeafFilter Gutter Protection on your home, you can spend less time on the ladder and more time repurposing it into a visual centerpiece for your home, all while saving money. It’s time to ditch the cleaning and get crafting! 

At Leaf Home, people are our greatest asset. Across the organization, thousands of employees bring personality and passion to the Leaf culture. From LeafFilter to Leaf Home Enhancements and everything in between, one group has done an excellent job in helping the team grow and get better: HR & Recruiting. To learn more about this incredible group, we sat down with Sean Loboda, Chief Human Resources Officer. Sean is enthusiastic about connecting with people, and discussing the human element at Leaf revealed that the future is bright.  

Leaf: Thank you so much for chatting today, Sean! To start, can you tell me a little bit about what you do here at Leaf Home.  

Sean: My role as the Chief HR Officer here at Leaf Home is comprised of a few key functions to support our most important asset, which is our people. We are truly a people-first business, no matter how you cut it. People are what make our operations tick, right? It’s what keeps the lights on. It’s what satisfies our customers.  

My role is comprised of human resources and employee relations, so think about working with employees or managers on, you know, conflict resolution, performance management, training and development, things like that. 

Then we have a total rewards group that focuses on compensation benefits. This team asks, “Are we incentivizing people the right way, reflective of their contribution within the organization?”  

We have employee engagement as well as another bucket. We also have HRIS. You know that now more than ever, HR relies on technology and data to make decisions. The HRIS team is focused on the system everyone knows and loves, UKG, as well as our people analytics, so how are we looking at productivity, tenure, turnover and retention, and satisfaction to make sure that we continue to be an employer of choice. 

And then we also have talent acquisition, or our recruiting department. That is really two different but connected functions, one focusing on shared services — think marketing IT HR roles, finance roles, call center roles — and then you have your field recruiting teams, so that’s your installation, your event, and your sales employees. 

Leaf: Wow! Your team sounds like it has really grown in the last few years. How many people would you say are in the HR and recruiting teams overall? 

Sean: We started out small when I started my career here in 2019. We were probably no more than about a dozen. We are now — if you include recruiting and the HR team all in one — approaching 80 individuals across the board. It’s pretty amazing to see so much growth. 

Leaf: And speaking of growth, can you tell me a little bit about how Leaf has grown and changed since you joined the company back in 2019? 

Sean: Yeah, it has been incredible. I remember sitting down in 2019 with Chris Brosch and Rocco Mango, I believe. Rocco, the Leaf Home CFO, introduced Chris and said, hey, this is employee number two, right after Matt Kaulig. It was interesting just to see that even through all our growth, he’s still here.  

I guess what I’m getting at is that no matter how big we’ve gotten, we haven’t changed at our core culture or core operating mechanisms. We’re still Leaf to the core, whether we have two employees or now over 3,000, we’ve still stayed true to the TNT culture. Today, not tomorrow. Making sure we make every day a great day. 

Leaf: 3,000 employees! Wow. Do you remember how many employees we had back when you started? 

Sean: When I got here, we had probably around 1000 employees. So we’ve grown quite a bit. 

Leaf: I love that, it has truly been incredible to witness so much growth over the years. You also mentioned that the “TNT mentality” is kind of at the heart of the culture here. Are there any other words that come to mind to describe the Leaf culture? 

Sean: Yeah, I would say this goes along with TNT — today and tomorrow — but there’s a sense of transactional or tactical urgency here. I don’t know that you would find another organization in our industry, or really anywhere else, that has the amount of tactical or transactional urgency than we have. 

Every single team member here is always worried about what they’re doing today, which makes up the weeks, which make up the months, which make up the years… right? As time goes on, that dedication and urgency builds TNT momentum. 

And then I think the other thing is that we’re very supportive of everyone bringing their whole selves to work. We understand that you’re spending more time at work than you typically are at home. You know, if one of us is working from home, we’re bringing the background noise from our pets, or our children, or significant others. Along with that, when you’re in the office, people are bringing their whole selves to work, so I think that’s super important. It builds an authentic workplace where you can be, unabashedly, yourself. 

Leaf: You’re right, that type of culture absolutely builds camaraderie and trust. Is your team working from home right now, then? Or is it a hybrid model, with some days in-office and some days at home? I know you just got that beautiful new space over in the former Leaf Home call center building. 

Sean: Oh, yes, and it is beautiful. My team is operating in a hybrid environment. We’ve been doing that for the better part of a year. It’s been going pretty well!  I think there was a little hesitancy at first. I mean, you haven’t necessarily exercised that muscle of going into the office all the time, but I think by and large our team is very happy they did it.  

It’s a few days a week rather than five. We typically do three days a week to provide some structure, but we’re also retaining flexibility. If someone has something on a Wednesday or a Monday that they need to take care of at home, we give him that flexibility. I think when we start bringing people back to in-person sessions, flexibility is going to be key.  

Leaf: It has been great to have flexibility as a Leaf employee, even before the pandemic changed work as we know it. And I love that you guys are kind of dipping your toes into that transitional hybrid situation. I’ve seen on LinkedIn that, across industries, there seem to be a lot of people that are a little bit uncomfortable with the thought of going back to work in-person. It’s really great to see that your team is leading by example.  

Sean: You’re right about that hesitancy in the world right now. One thing that we have done and will continue to do is listen to employees. We’ve already done a few surveys, and we will continue to do them to understand and monitor peoples’ appetite for returning to the office.  

Leaf: Do you feel like the pandemic and other recent changes in the last few years have shifted your role in HR and recruiting at all?  

Sean: I think it has, and likely for the better in the sense that the pandemic has really forced the entire HR profession to really think about the entire employee experience. Not that we weren’t before, but it just put a renewed spotlight on it. There are more considerations about what’s going on in their home life now than there ever have been because of the pandemic and so making sure that we, as HR professionals. are taking that into consideration. That has been a welcome change to my role and to our department overall. 

Leaf: What a great change! What other changes or goals can we expect to see your team digging into in 2022? 

Sean: We have a ton of objectives this year. Number one is making sure that we are supporting all of the business units in the best way possible from a human capital standpoint. The best thing we can do as an HR organization is continue to support those business units so they can do what they do best. 

Some of our other more tangible objectives this year… We know that during the Great Resignation, turnover and retention have been a challenge for many businesses. Making sure we have competitive benefits and compensation, and just overall rewarding employees in non-monetary ways is a priority for us. Making sure we’re doing that and then investing back in the employees to ensure that we have the right tools, resources, and learning and development options for employees is so important. 

 Last but certainly not least: our diversity and inclusion efforts. That is something that is always at the forefront of our minds. We’ve done a lot this past year that we’re all collectively super proud of and should be as an organization. Bringing to our employees the awareness of what diversity and inclusion is has been a huge win, and I think that’s been really well-received. But we have a lot more work to do there, and fortunately we have the DE&I Committee to keep that momentum going. 

Leaf: The future sounds super bright! But let’s dig into the past a bit more to analyze how we got here. Do you have any proudest achievements at Leaf that you’d like to talk about, or any particular initiatives that your team has spearheaded that you feel super proud of? 

Sean: Oh, where do I start? 

Some of the more recent things include the enhanced performance review cycle. Getting the entire organization to come around to a unified review cycle ensures that everyone is getting objective and timely feedback. Rolling that out across the company in a digital platform has been a huge accomplishment from our team, and it really pulled everyone together. 

I also think one of the things that we should collectively be the proudest of is that we set up a HR and talent department that really is going to support the organization, you know, based on our growth over the next few years. We have the structure, the process, and the people in place now to allow us to continue to scale with the organization and support it. We’re able to put people in the right roles for personal and professional success.  

Leaf: Amazing! Is there anything else you’d like to add?  

Sean: I would say thank you to the employees of Leaf. Without you, we certainly don’t have a place to go to work. Day in and day out, we’re certainly not perfect, although we try to be, but you make this workplace feel perfect. We enjoy working with all of you every single day. 

Leaf: On that note, do you have any advice to aspiring Leaf Home employees, or people that are about to start with Leaf? 

Sean: I would say to spend your first few weeks or months, depending on the role you’re in, just learning. There is a phenomenal level of talent that already exists here that has made this company what it is. It’s worth spending a little while learning about who we are and what we do. 

But then, on the flip side of that, don’t be afraid to interject new ideas or processes or thoughts that you have based on your collective experiences at other organizations. Our organization is really made up of a collection of those best thoughts and ideas and practices. Now that you’re a piece of our puzzle, you are going to bring so much to the table.  


At Leaf Home, we’re all on one team striving for success. Are you interested in exploring opportunities with our team? Check out the Leaf Home careers page to find opportunities near you.   

Leaf Home has brands across North America, and some of our very best people work at local offices. Leaf’s oldest brand is LeafFilter, and many of its offices have operated for more than a decade and a half. To learn a bit about the decade-old Raleigh office, we sat down with Jim Magee, Operations and Sales Manager, to discuss all things LeafFilter. 

Leaf: Thanks so much for chatting, Jim! We’d love to learn a bit about what you do here at Leaf. How long have you been with LeafFilter?  

Jim: Gosh, it’s been a decade, which is wild. I started in January of 2012, so I celebrated my ten year anniversary this year.  

Leaf: Happy ten year anniversary, Jim! Do you remember how many offices we had back when you started?  

Jim: We had just a handful of offices back then. 17, I think? Today, we have more than 150 offices from coast-to-coast. A lot has changed over the years.  

Leaf: So much has changed in the past few years alone, but over a full decade? That must have been mind-blowing to see firsthand. What is the biggest change you’ve witnessed?  

Jim: Honestly, I think the biggest change has been watching the Raleigh office grow. When an office first opens, it’s all very heady and exciting – it’s kind of like this passionate frontiersman mentality, to a degree. We’re bringing a groundbreaking product to a new area; it’s a new frontier for all of us. But then, after a while, you settle into how the business works, you learn from your mistakes, and you grow. And our team has grown.  

Leaf: How many people are on your team? 

Jim: There’s myself, the Operations Manager. Then we have three Installation Managers, an Installation Recruiter, an Installation Trainer, an Installation Admin, two Service Technicians, a Marketing Manager, five Field Marketers, and 18 Sales Representatives. Our team is over 30 people strong right now. 

Leaf: Wow, 30 people! That’s incredible! Can you speak to what drives your team? 

Jim: Yes, 30 people – plus 39 installation crews! While we’ve got an awesome and motivated team, I think it all starts with our industry leaders. Great products, a great marketing plan, and fantastic customer service. We’ve got talented, passionate people across the organization who really care about our customers. On the local level, we don’t just sell things, we create relationships. That and a TNT mentality keeps us inspired. 

Leaf: I love that attitude. It’s neat to see how LeafFilter operates across the nation. Let’s talk a bit more about the local atmosphere. What kinds of unique weather do you see in Raleigh?  

Jim: (Laughs) It’s not too bad here, but any type of “white accumulation,” or threat of, completely shuts everything down. There’s not much here in the way of snow removal equipment.  

Leaf: So funny! Our corporate office is in the Lake Erie snowbelt, so we can’t even wrap our minds around not having an abundance pf snow removal equipment. Tell me more about your team — how do you guys contribute to the success of Leaf Home overall? 

Jim: Since we opened in January of 2012, we have had continued year-over-year growth. Before our territory split in 2019, we were making roughly five times what we made during our first year of operations. And that’s not to mention the tireless support from our employees and customers alike. It’s all that stuff that keeps us going. 

Leaf: Are there any achievements that stand out to you as particularly memorable? 

Jim: Yes, during COVID-19, it meant a lot to be able to keep people working so they could provide for their families. We’re a bit like a family at the Raleigh office. The connection we see daily among our team members is one of the most rewarding things. I’m proud to be part of a team like that. 

Leaf: That’s awesome! How would you describe that tight-knit culture at the Raleigh office? 

Jim: We have a hard-driving TNT mentality. Everyone is competitive and in it to win it. We continue to improve and excel every day. We strive for our customers to be happy and get the best performance possible, but we take a lot of pride in our work on a personal level, too.  

Leaf: It’s so important to be able to cherish and appreciate the work you do. Making a difference in peoples’ lives is huge.  

Jim: I absolutely agree. I very much enjoy going to work every day. The people and culture make this the best company I’ve ever worked for.  


Working for Leaf Home is a treat, no matter which office you call homebase. Are you interested in exploring opportunities with our team? Check out the Leaf Home careers page to find opportunities near you.   


LeafFilter has offices across the United States and Canada. While all share the same values and company philosophy, each office has its own unique team and culture. We sat down with Michael Castrataro, Operations Manager of the Seattle office, to learn a bit about operations in the Pacific Northwest.  

Leaf: Thank you for joining us today, Michael! Can you tell us a bit about your team?  

Michael: My pleasure! Yes, I’m an Operations Manager, I run daily operations for the Seattle market. 

Leaf: When did you join the LeafFilter team? 

Michael: It’ll be four years this May. 

Leaf: Wow, four years! The company has seen a lot of growth and expansion during that time. What kind of changes have you seen on the local level? 

Michael: Oh, yes. I’ve definitely seen a lot of changes… very impressive changes, actually! I think one of the biggest changes that we’ve seen on the local level is monetary – we’re producing a lot more than we were a few years ago, which has a lot to do with team growth. Our location expanded significantly over the years, and we ultimately moved the office about two years ago to a new location that’s quadruple the size of the old building.  

Leaf: That’s incredible, and it definitely puts that growth into perspective. What kind of weather do you guys face out in Seattle? 

Michael: The weather in Seattle is horrible! I’m originally from New York, so it took me a while to adjust to the weather in Seattle. It rains a lot. A lot. But more importantly, we don’t have a very harsh winter here. It very rarely dips down below 45 degrees, but our winter consists of about nine months of just gray, dreary, misty fog. And then we get lucky because come about July, the sun starts to peek out. We have nice dry, warm summers here, very rarely exceeding 80 degrees. 

Leaf: And what does the landscape look like? I know a lot of homeowners with LeafFilter in the Pacific Northwest get gutter protection to prevent pine needle buildup. Is the same true in Seattle? 

Michael: Oh, yes. We have many pine trees out here. 90 percent of what we deal with is pine needles and pollen. There’s a lot of pollen out here, too.  

Leaf: Sounds like your team keeps pretty busy!  

Michael: Yes, we keep pretty busy on the local level. But when it comes to LeafFilter, I consider all of our employees to be a part of the same team. Our call center in Vegas, our call center up at corporate. Our marketing team – they’re out there getting information to the call center. The call center team is doing a great job of setting appointments for us. Moving over to sales, there are 22 sales reps in my office and two more in training right now. Our sales reps are doing a wonderful job connecting with customers – not being too pushy, being polite, caring – and helping those customers solve a problem. Then our install team comes in, and it’s up to them at that point to make sure LeafFilter lives up to expectation and to take what the sales team promised and make that a reality. David , Rob, Casey and Dylan work hard everyday to keep that promise. It’s all about customer service. At the end of the day, the customer needs to be happy.  

Leaf: I love that perspective. You mentioned that two new people are joining your team – that is so exciting! What goes into training for those positions?  

Michael: Training right now for my sales reps is a three-day training, and it’s a mix between classroom and field training. So the reps were in class today from nine in the morning to about one o’clock in the afternoon, and they’re learning the different approaches to selling, the steps that we use in the house – we use a six-step selling process, so they’re learning that. How to present the product, how to measure the product, how the product actually gets installed, and then out in the field they’ll head out with myself on an appointment to go meet a customer. Or they may head out with one of the more tenured reps I have in my office. They might even go out and visit some installations and then hang out with those installers and actually watch the product being installed for a couple of hours.  

Leaf: That is so cool and hands-on! It sounds like your team is very well-acquainted. How would you describe the culture of the Seattle office? 

Michael: That’s a hard question! If you put us all together as a team, I would say that it’s more of a family atmosphere. I’d say my team is very close-knit. If you come to one of our meetings, it’s more of a picnic, honestly. I joke around that we never get anything done because we’re too busy talking and eating. But having a mix of very tenured employees versus new employees is actually very good, because the tenured employees help the newer employees, which I like to see because sometimes it’s not just me up there talking, it’s the person that’s out in the field every single day helping the person that wants to learn. That’s what I like most. It’s a very open, friendly workplace.  

Leaf: It definitely sounds that way, and I can tell that you really love working with this incredible team. Do you think big things are coming for your team in 2022? 

Michael: Yes, of course. Every year we increase our goals from a monetary perspective, and as a team we’re going to hit them. But I also hope we continue to see more of the same in terms of the culture of the office, because it’s fantastic to work with this team.  

Leaf: Do you have any particular memories from working with your team that you’d like to share? 

Michael: Oh, there’s too many memories with this team to count! I still have my first hire here all these years later. The team has grown a lot, but there’s a lot of the same people working here that were on the team when I came into the location. We have a lady by the name of Florence on the team, and she was my first new hire. She’s kind of the mom of the bunch. Florence really keeps things running smoothly. She’s always taking care of everybody, you know? Making sure they’ve got their paperwork together, making sure they’ve got their lanyards and pictures on their lanyards. Some of my favorite memories include seeing Florence take care of everybody and keeping the team on track. 

Leaf: It sounds like you’ve built something really special in Seattle.  

Michael: Definitely, but like I said – we’re all one team, no matter which part of the organization you work in. Building this great company culture has really been a team effort, and I love being a part of it all.  

At Leaf Home, we’re all on one team striving for success. Are you interested in exploring opportunities with our team? Check out the Leaf Home careers page to find opportunities near you.