What about gutter guards? This is more of a personal rather than professional question. Why do I say that? Well, those that sell. or install, gutter guards will tell you that you will never need to clean your gutters again. That is unlikely. I clean gutters for customers all the time that have gutter guards. Although gutter guards may keep out larger debris, like leaves, smaller debris will find it’s way in there. Could gutter guards at least result in needing to clean your gutters less often? Yes. So why do I personally not like them? Wait until you have to clean them : ) You will have to pop off every section of gutter guard, clean the gutter, and then reinstall the gutter guard. It is extremely time-consuming, and if low-quality guards were installed, you run the risk of damaging them. And if you decide to hire a professional to clean your gutters, he is likely to charge you significantly more due to all the additional time to remove and reinstall the gutter guards. However, as I stated at the outset of this paragraph, it is a very personal preference which has its pros and cons to each.
Last but certainly not least, always remember safety. Whether doing it yourself or hiring a professional, safety is priority #1 when cleaning gutters.