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Don’t Trust Just Anyone With Your Home Maintenance!

GutterMaid knows that most people do not consider cleaning their gutters a top priority. It is perceived as an inconvenience and most people want to have their gutters cleaned as cheaply as possible. After-all, anyone with a tall ladder can clean gutters…Right?  Handymen, landscapers, and the boy next door may offer to clean your gutters but what are you really paying for? The fact is that your gutters are high above the ground where you cant see them. How do you know they were cleaned correctly? Were the downspouts checked and cleared of debris as well? The landscaper you hired may be insured but is he insured to work on tall ladders?

You wouldn’t hire us here at GutterMaid to paint your house, or pave your driveway, so why hire someone else for you gutter cleaning service needs? We ARE the professionals when it comes to cleaning gutters. We know how to complete the job safely and efficiently.

Recently we performed a gutter cleaning service in Bethesda, MD. This homeowner was having their gutters cleaned regularly and even had a leaf protection system installed. As you can see by the pictures below the downspouts were completely neglected even when the gutter screens were installed. We immediately found the issue and because we carry the necessary tools, we were able to disassemble the downspout and clear the debris.  Don’t continue to pay for someone you hope is doing the job right. Trust the professionals here at GutterMaid. Its our business to provide you with the best, most affordable gutter cleaning service available!

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda, MD

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda, MD

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda, MD

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda, MD

Garden Gutters

Can you see small trees and bushes growing in your gutter?  While some people may find this aesthetically pleasing we strongly suggest keeping the foliage in your landscaping where it belongs.  Gutters that have enough debris in  them to support a small echo-system have probably been clogged and non-functional for a long period of time.  Clogged gutters and downspouts can and will lead to damage of your home’s exterior, landscaping, and in some instances can find its way inside your house. You will most likely not notice this damage until you have accumulated thousands of dollars in damages!

But GutterMaid, Its going to cost a small fortune at this point to have my gutters cleaned! Not necessarily. We recently  completed this  gutter cleaning in Bethesda MD (pics below). All gutters and downspouts on this mid-sized single family home were cleaned and cleared in less than an hour, costing this customer only $100. At that price you cant afford not to clean your gutters!

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda MD Before

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda MD Before

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda MD After

Gutter Cleaning Bethesda MD After

What is a Drip Edge?

Drip edge is an L shaped piece of metal that is installed at the edge (eave) of your roof. It should extend from the roof decking down into your gutters. Its purpose is to direct water away from your fascia and rake boards, and into your gutters where applicable. It can also help prevent water damage due to ice damming during the winter months.

Unfortunately, roofs are often installed without a drip edge or the gutters are installed over top of the drip edge, rendering it useless.  Water that finds its way behind your gutters will eventually damage your fascia, rafter ends, soffit, etc., and can lead to thousands of dollars in damages.

Does your roof have a properly installed drip edge? There are signs that may indicate missing or improperly installed drip edge that you can look for without having to go up on your roof. When it rains, look for water that comes down in-between your gutters and your fascia. Often times you will see streaking or staining on your fascia just below your gutters, and sometimes you can even see small debris that has worked its way behind your gutters. If you see any of these signs, we recommend that you call a roofer to evaluate your roof and give you an estimate to install a drip edge if needed. Ask to see pictures so you can get a full understanding of whats going on with your roof.

Catching an issue early such as this will save you a lot of money in the long run. GutterMaid trains our employees to look for these types of issues and report back any noted problems as a courtesy to our customers.

Drip Edge

Drip Edge

Leaf Relief-Installation

Any leaf protection product is only as good as its installation. GutterMaid insures all products are installed per the manufactures specifications. This is key in order for the manufacturer to honor any warranty it may have, as well as ensuring the system performs at its very best.

Leaf Relief comes in several styles suited to fit your gutters size, style, and hanger type. There is even copper Leaf Relief for use on copper gutters. Be sure that you are getting the proper type for your gutters as they are not interchangeable.

  • We begin every leaf relief installation by cleaning and flushing all gutters and downspouts. It is very important to make sure gutters and downspouts are completely clean and functional before any leaf protection is installed.
  • We then make sure all gutters are secured firmly to fascia boards. If they are not we will re-secure them at no additional cost.
  • We then install the leaf protection system per manufactures specifications. Some manufactures do not require mechanically fastening the system, but we like to anyway to ensure the system stays in place.
  • In some cases we will water test  the system to ensure proper function.
  • Lastly we complete a thorough check and clean-up of the premises.
    Clean and clear gutters and downspouts

    Clean and clear gutters and downspouts

    Re-secure gutters

    Re-secure gutters

    Finished Leaf Relief Installation

    Finished Leaf Relief Installation

    Mechanically fasten at gutter, seams, and end caps

    Mechanically fasten at gutter, seams, and end caps

Small Repair, Big Savings!

At a leaf protection installation and gutter cleaning in Silver Spring  Maryland, our technician noticed a penetration in the homeowners roof. Our technician was able to seal the penetration with a high quality sealant. This small repair could save thousands of dollars in water damage, and we were able to complete the repair at no additional cost to the homeowner.

Roof damage

Roof damage

Roof Repair

Roof Repair

Will Your Leaf Protection Last?

Do your research and make sure you installing a leaf protection product that will last. All to often we run across leaf protection systems that are only a year or two old and have already failed. We recently performed this gutter cleaning service for a home in Ellicott City, Maryland. This homeowner thought he was saving money by purchasing and installing a popular, light-weight gutter screen that can be purchased at most hardware stores. What homeowners need to consider is the longevity of the leaf protection system they are purchasing. Gutter protection needs to be rigid enough to stand up to the weight of debris build up as well as snow accumulation. As you can see from the pictures below, this system has failed. The screens have collapsed into the gutters and actually trap debris that may have otherwise of passed through the system. The fact is that GutterMaid can actually install a much more rigid and durable system for the same cost as these cheap, light-weight products. So before you spend your hard earned money on an inferior product, call the experts at GutterMaid for your no obligation price quote. You will be glad you did!

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Ineffective Leaf Protection – 1

gutter cleaning, ellicott city maryland

Ineffective Leaf Protection – 2

Gutter Cleaning Service Area

GutterMaid has one of the largest service area’s around. Check to see if we serve your area. Chances are, if you live in Western MD or Northern VA we do!

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Gutter Cleaning Service Map

Gutter Cleaning Service Map