Gutter maintenance is too much - need help/advise
Our 2 story house sits right next to woods and is surrounded by mature trees (everything from evergreens to tiny small locust leaves to larger leaves).
Since my husband will not clean the gutters himself (too dangerous in his mind....one fall and he could be paralized for life and in his mind is it worth $400 for someone else to risk there life. I honestly don't blame him), so we hired a gutter cleaning company. They come out 4 times a year to clean the gutters (Cost is $100/cleaning...the most reasonable rate I found). They will not clean gutters with any sort of gutter guard so we do not have any thing like that installed and when we have talked to them about guards they talk us out of them (I am sure the fact that they sell gutter cleaning services plays a large part in this).
We also have had our downspouts re-routed so that they flow under the sidewalk and driveway. They used to terminate onto the driveway and sidewalk and we always had freezing/cracking issues.
Even with having our gutters cleaned 4 times a year we continue to get issues with clogged downspouts and we have to pay the company to come out and unclogg the downspout, which costs several hundreds of dollars on top of the cost we are paying for gutter cleaning. All said and done I would say gutters are costing us around $600 a year. It is just getting out of hand.
The leaves that are causing us the main issue appear to be the locust leaves. These tiny leaves are just creating a rabbit nest type issue inside the downspout and clogging it over and over again.
I would love to hear some advise on what we can do. Are the gutter guards worth the cost?
Will they solve our issue with the types of trees we have?
Will we still have to have our gutters cleaned or checked periodically? How does this work since most the gutter cleaning company's near us won't clean gutters with guards on them?
At this point I almost would rather cut all the trees away if I could (unfortunatly I can't since most are on the boarder of our neighbors property).