DIY Gutter Covers

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DIY Gutter Covers
Gutter covers can keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. (cleaning gutters image by palms from Fotolia.com)

Gutter covers or guards are designed to keep leaves and other debris from filling up your gutters, which requires regular cleaning out. You can reduce the amount of gutter cleaning by installing a gutter guard. Gutter guards come in many types, such as a mesh screen described here, and they are a simple DIY project that anyone can install. All you need is a ladder to reach the gutters.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Bucket
  • Garden hose
  • Tape measure
  • Plastic mesh gutter guard
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Decide on the type of gutter cover you want to use. Plastic mesh screen is probably the easiest to install. You can also select a gutter screen, gutter filter or gutter covers. These types of gutter covers fit over the top of the gutter or sit on the inside.

  2. 2

    Get up on the ladder and clean out your gutters to remove any leaves and debris. Remove the debris from the gutter and place it in the bucket.

  3. 3

    Run water through the gutters with a garden hose to make sure water flows freely out of the downspout.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of your gutters with the tape measure.

  5. 5

    Transfer the measurements to a length of plastic mesh gutter guard. Cut the material to the required length with the scissors or use a utility knife.

  6. 6

    Roll up the material and then take it up the ladder to a section of gutter. Insert the gutter guard into the gutter and let it expand under the hanger brackets. The hanger bracket will prevent the mesh screen from coming out of the gutter.

  7. 7

    Move the ladder to a new section of gutter. Repeat steps 1 through 5 to install the plastic mesh gutter guard in your remaining gutters.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear work gloves when removing leaves and debris from the gutters.
  • Some types of gutter guards need to attach to the existing gutter and may require a professional to install.

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