Do You Need To Clean Gutters With Gutter Guards?

Aug 4, 2023 | Gutter Guards

If you’re like most homeowners, chances are you look for every way out of that dreaded spring cleaning task – cleaning your gutters!

To alleviate this tedious home maintenance task, gutter guards have emerged as a popular solution. But still, we get asked all the time if gutter systems with gutter guards still need to be cleaned. 

The answer for every different gutter guard product on the market is yes, you will still need to clean gutters even with gutter guards installed.

While gutter guards can undoubtedly prevent larger debris from causing immediate blockages, smaller particles like dirt, shingle granules, and silt can still infiltrate the gutters over time.

Why Clean Gutters Even After Installing Guards?

There are many different gutter guard products available. While all gutters equipped with guards will require cleaning at one point, some will need this maintenance far more regularly. 

Foam Guards

Foam guards are quite popular due to their affordability and how simple they are to install. Most homeowners can install these completely DIY. 

However, foam guards are usually more trouble than they’re worth. They aren’t great at preventing clogs, seeing as debris can pile at the top of foam gutter guards. They are one of the most notorious guards that allow seedlings and other plant life to collect and grow within them, which can wreak havoc on your gutters. 

All of this is to say, foam gutter guards will require frequent maintenance and cleaning. In most cases, they aren’t worth the trouble.

Brush Guards

Brush gutter guards are another cheap and easy to install gutter guard that in our opinion isn’t worth the hassle. 

Debris can often find its way through the bristles of brush guards and will pool inside your gutter system. Meaning you’ll be spending a lot of time on your ladder cleaning out your gutters. 

Perforated Metal

Now for some better solutions. 

Perforated metal gutter guards do a great job at keeping all sizes of debris from getting inside your home’s gutters. From shingle granules, to leaves, and even pine needles, perforated metal guards, like the ones from Alu-Rex will greatly improve the efficiency and life of your gutters. 

The best part is that a slight breeze is usually enough to clear away most of the debris that will accumulate on the top of the gutter. 

However, even though they’re a far superior product to a brush or foam guard, and the wind will often do the cleaning for you, you will still need to clean gutters outfitted with perforated metal gutter guards every now and then.

The benefit though, is that rather than needing to get on a ladder and scoop out debris, perforated metal products can usually be cleaned from the safety of the ground using an inverted broom. All you need to do is brush the debris sitting on top of the gutter. This is more often required if you live in an area that is shielded from the wind. 

To make perforated metal guards even easier to clean, at Gutter Dunn we install access panels at every downspout location for easy access to ensure nothing has got into the Eavestrough.


No matter what type of gutter guards we’re talking about, your gutters will still require cleaning and maintenance.

However, some gutter guard systems will require you to clean your gutters far less frequently than others. 

Our recommendation is to opt for a professional installation of a quality gutter guard system rather than deal with the headache of more DIY solutions. 

Professionally installed gutter guards, like Alu-Rex’s continuous hanger system, for example, do a much better job at keeping your gutters clean of debris and pests than DIY guards like brush or foam. Cleaning your gutters also becomes much easier, and can be done safely from the ground with quality gutter guards. 

At Gutter Dunn, we’ve been protecting homes in Edmonton from water damage for over 15 years! We’ve installed countless gutter guard systems that will save you hours of maintenance over the lifetime of your gutters, and extend the life of your gutters as well. If you’re interested in gutter guards for your existing gutter system, or looking to get your home fit with new gutters, give our expert eavestrough team in Edmonton a call today!

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See why our customers chooses Gutter Dunn!

Cathy PrudenCathy Pruden
01:38 29 Sep 23
Gutter Dunn provided us a reasonable quote for soffits, facia, eavstroughing and gutter guards. We were dealing with improper airflow which was as a result of additional roof venting when a new roof was installed. They were able to open up the older wood soffits before adding new soffits. Employees are friendly and knowledgeable about their product. We are very happy with their work which was done efficiently and in a timely manner and the house looks great! They got the job Dunn! Thanks
Lukas SchillerLukas Schiller
16:49 26 Sep 23
Hands Down, the very best Eavestroughing company in town. They were very professional (from office to the site crew). The workmanship is on point and looks fantastic! I will always recommend this business
Mike RMike R
16:10 11 Sep 23
Took a while to get a quote but well worth the wait. Everyone from the Estimators, Office Staff, Scheduler, and Installers were first class.They explained what was available and what they would recommend. We chose not to go with the leaf protection as we have a 1,200 sq. ft. bungalow and not that much gutter on either our garage or house. It's easy for us to just flush same.FYI their competitors Sales Rep provided a verbal quote and insisted we needed the leave filters and offered at least 5 different discounts and would have charged us double the price that Gutter Dunn invoiced. Competitor would not provide a written quote so I was leary about this company and their Rep.Installers were terrific, showed up a little early and reviewed the scope with us... They also installed new downspouts into our existing storm drain system. What a difference, they inserted the downspout into a pvc fitting vs the old tee pee cone style fitting.They were here for about 3.5 hrs and had everything cleaned up and put away.You know you are dealing with Professionals when they show up in a custom truck with Gutter Dunn and their suppliers ads screened on the side of same. The installers also wore company hats, tees and they were keen to do the work.If I could rate them as a 6 if I could, thanks again Gutter Dunn.
Barbara NBarbara N
21:07 09 Aug 23
They are an absolute delight to work with. I had my old wooden soffit removed and replaced. They were quick to get it done, from the first phone call to them being done was maybe two weeks and it involved coordinating with another contractor to fix the roof. Great communication, called if there was a problem or question, sent easy to understand emails. I can't say enough good things. The work they did was worth every penny.
Ryan McKayRyan McKay
18:15 24 Jul 23
What a great company. They listen to what you want done and then do it. I'll be using them again and now setting up annual gutter clean outs.
Grant Pegden-WrightGrant Pegden-Wright
23:38 21 Jun 23
We had a great experience with Gutter Dunn and our eaves troughs look and perform amazingly well! Would definitely recommend Gutter Dunn to friends and family.
Joel RebohJoel Reboh
15:16 18 Jun 23
Completed my gutters 8 years ago amd they are still in great shape 👍
Eric KEric K
00:27 12 Jun 23
Had soffits/fascia and eavestroughs completed by Gutter Dunn. Both crews were very professional and we are very happy with the final product. The office staff were very helpful as we navigated some other construction delays that affected the scheduling of the Gutter Dunn crews, much appreciated!
Don ShayDon Shay
13:25 07 Jul 21
Professional Service, great advice on product (Soffit, Fascia, 6" Eavestrough & large Downspout Size plus Alu-Rex Double-Pro Leaf Guard). Job was done on time, on quote and they cleaned up so well it was as if they had never been there.
Jean FiliatraultJean Filiatrault
23:10 19 Nov 20
We are very please with the work and workmanship that we received from Gutter Dunn. The eaves that they installed are working very well. the technicians that install the eaves troughs carried their work in a professional manner and were able to answer our questions quickly and to the point. We would certainly recommend Gutter Dunn to friends and family.
Reanna BowdenReanna Bowden
17:25 16 Nov 19
So happy with this Company! They were a little longer getting to me than quoted but worth the wait for the service and attention to detail. They have more selections for qutter profiles than most companies I contacted and they color matched my troughs perfectly to blend in with the exterior. Pricing was also very comparable to other companies when comparing installation techniques. Branden made me an extra extension for my rain barrel in summer, and changed a run on the garage I wanted reversed due to the slope. No hesitation to make it perfect for me. He made sure I loved everything before leaving. My favourite was the duel color downspout to match my exterior. Looks perfect! Thanks for Gutt N’ ER’ Dunn 🙂
Kent LamoureuxKent Lamoureux
18:49 23 Nov 18
I am really happy with how everything went! i picked gutter dunn because of how they came across and the quoting process where they understood what i wanted, so i did not pick them because they were the cheapest but totally competitive in the market and i felt they would get the job done. in the end the design desired was followed and the installer communicated really well to verify. Really happy!