There's a reason this season is called "Fall." Besides tumbling temperatures, it's that time of year when beautiful fall foliage assembles into a rotted rooftop mess, clogging gutters from coast to coast.
Whether you clean your gutters yourself, or invest in one of the many types of gutter guards, one thing is certain: cleaning your gutters is a good idea. Besides allowing water to overflow in a heavy rain, there are a dozen or more severe home defects that can be caused by blocked gutters, including flooded basements and cracked foundations.
Do-it-yourself gutter cleaning is simple enough, but it can be a dangerous job for the untrained weekend warrior. In the alternative, there are many types of gutter guards on the market to choose from, and all of them offer some sort of protection for your gutter.