Homeowners ask gutter professionals in Syracuse when they should clean their gutters. The answer is pretty straightforward: it depends. You can clean your gutters in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. You can clean them twice a year. You can clean them whenever you see leaves or debris falling out of them. However, there is an ideal time to clean your gutters. At Iron Horse Gutter Works, we believe when you clean your gutters depends on a few factors, which we will share in this post.

Gutter Cleaning Factors

Gutter Debris

What kind of debris do you have collecting in your gutters? If your home is beneath a large Sugar Maple or perhaps a Red Oak? You may have heavy leaf or branch debris finding its way into your gutter system, which leads to blockage and eventual damage.

What’s more, a large majority of heavy blockage in gutters comes from plants, grass, or silt finds its way into the system. The mixture of the three creates a thick blockage that tends to result in either needing heavy gutter cleaning or a gutter repair service due to damage.

Property Location

Where is your home located? Is it in a field away from trees? Do you have a home in a wooded area? This is the second biggest factor on when to clean your gutters. The more chance of debris, leaves, branches, and more to find your gutters, the more often you will need to clean them.


Mentioned a few times already, trees are the third biggest factor that determines when and how often you need to clean your gutters. The number of trees around your home and how near they are to your roof and gutter system all play a role in influencing how often you need to clean your gutters.

Roof Type

Do you have a shallow sloped roof? Steeper roofs tend to deliver more debris into gutters than shallow sloped roofs. Does your roof material degrade over time? As mentioned above, silt is a major concern if roofing materials erode into the gutter and cause a blockage.

Gutter System Complexity

What’s the shape and size of your roof? In most cases, a larger roof tends to feed more debris into your gutters. Furthermore, if your roof is complex with valleys and various levels, your gutter system will need to follow your roof to manage water. This means you will need to clean your gutters more often.

Contact Iron Horse Gutter Works Today

So what’s the answer to why Spring is the best time of year to clean your gutters? Again, it depends on the factors listed above in this post. At Iron Horse Gutter Works, we suggest you have a professional gutter service team clean your gutter system at least twice a year to keep things tidy and you safe. Our team has years of experience and knowledge on how to best keep gutters clean, including maintenance, repair, and installation. Don’t go another day wondering if your gutters need cleaned. Let us take care of it for you.

Contact us today to get started!