Here is a guide to help determine how many times per year gutters need to be cleaned out on the average home in North Carolina if leaf guards are not installed.
It’s a fact of life that open gutters need frequent cleaning. Consider that just
one mature oak tree produces 200,000 leaves per year, and it’s ea sy to see why gutters may soon have plants growing out of them, like the one shown here.
Many home owners have their gutters cleaned only once a year – that is far less than
what is usually needed on wooded properties. It only takes a clump of leaves 4 to 5 inches long – or just one single large leaf from a magnolia, a tulip tree, or a bear oak – to cover the mouth of a downspout, causing the gutter to overflow.
As trees grow over time, they obviously produce more leaves and needles. Therefore, the number of gutter cleanings per year need to increase to match the higher volume of leaves, needles, seeds, nuts, etc. that fall. This is especially true if tree limbs overhang the roof and gutters.