It’s spring! Old Man Winter tried to hang in there with a tight grip on the cold weather, but there’s simply no stopping the colorful new growth pushing up from the earth. These longer days of sunshine are a sure sign that spring is just around the corner. Have you thought about gutter cleaning tools yet?
With April comes warmth and with warmth comes home maintenance. While spring has a lovely way of shedding off the winter blues, it also sheds pollen, seeds, oak tassels and maple seeds. Given this, the otherwise placid days of spring can become a calamitous twister of debris. This isn’t good for your gutters at all.
We covered the basics of gutter cleaning tools in a previous post, and now we’re going to revisit the topic with a look at some new products.
Spring Gutter Cleaning Tools
1. The Handy Dandy Gutter Scoop
Your first gutter tool for under $20 is the ol’ standby: the gutter scoop. Touching foul-smelling organic matter with your hands is no treat, and often the toughest element is the half-decomposed sludge that packs on the bottom of the gutter. A gutter scoop and some elbow grease are a good choice for this mess. Common complaints, however, are the quality of the product: most handles and trowels break over time, and very few survive multiple seasons. Additionally, consider the gutter spikes or brackets every 2 feet to 2.5 feet. The gutter scoop doesn’t go under the gutter bracket, and awkwardly jamming it around the bracket hardly helps. There are certain points where it becomes more trouble than it’s worth. That said, feel free to test drive the InvisaFlow Gutter Scoop! At $4.17 at Lowe’s, it’ll hardly set you back.
2. The Gutter Getter Rake
Next we have the Gutter Getter rake. One infuriating aspect of gutter cleaning is having to constantly re-position the ladder to work your way down the gutter around your home. The problem is compounded when working on the second floor, as the time spent climbing up and down the ladder is doubled. The Gutter Getter rake aims to decrease the number of times you have to re-position your ladder by increasing your reach while you’re up on the ladder. Product features include a hook to hang the product from the gutter while you are re-positioning the ladder and the ability to attach it to a Gutter Getter extension handle to increase your reach (though we imagine any threaded broom handle will do). Certain users on Amazon have complained about a flimsy design and the blade detaching from the handle, but others have nothing but positive things to say! At well under $20, the Gutter Getter rake seems worth the risk.
3. SkyMall’s Gutter Cleaning Tool
Our last product is offered through SkyMall and falls into the category of an extendable gutter cleaner. It just barely squeaks under our $20 limit at $19.99, but squeak it does! One way to eliminate the hassle of re-positioning ladders and the fear of climbing them is to invest in an extendable tool. This tool is a clasping mechanism (“tongs”) that is intended to grab up to 14″ of debris from your gutter at a distance. It screws on to the top of any threaded broom handle or existing extension pole. To reach the second story, you as the customer will have to supply the additional supply pole and rope, but the mechanism will continue to work. For an entry level extendable product, this price cannot be beat.
At the end of the day, these gutter cleaning tools can circumnavigate certain problems: a fear of heights (some don’t like leaf blowers or hand held extension wands for this reason), a fear of spending money (definitely), but no one tool does the job completely. Whatever your tool of choice is, gutter cleaning is hard work (have you downloaded our free guide on gutter cleaning?). With all of this, maybe you’re wishing you could never clean you gutters again. And, as we’ve been saying all along, that’s what’s so great about MasterShield. MasterShield: Never clean your gutters again – guaranteed.