Use ladder stabilizers while working on your roof to protect your gutters. Never heard of them? Ladder stabilizers protect your gutters when you are having your roof worked on. Banged up once nice looking gutters detracts from the aesthetics of your home.
How a company’s employees gets on and off of a roof is as important as the contractor having a local phone number and address. Ladder stabilizers should be used on every roofing job. Stabilizers are like big arms that rest on the roof or on the side of the roof. This keeps the weight of the extension ladder, which can weigh up to several hundred pounds, off of your gutters. Without some type of stabilizer, you might end up with bent up or broken apart gutters. Many roofing companies just lay a 1×6 board in the top of the gutter. Their reasoning is that is enough to protect the gutter system. From our experience IT IS NOT!
An important question you need to ask is what they will do to ensure your gutters will remain unharmed. If the company you’re considering for the roofing job answers that they don’t use something to stabilize their ladders, consider not using that particular company.
An extreme option which we do not advise to do is to remove the gutters, lay them safely aside, and rehang them properly. This can be accomplished by a gutter specialist after the roof job is absolutely completed. Your roofer may say that no steps are necessary since they have never damaged a gutter. Don’t trust them to complete your roof – find another contractor.
At the end of the day, make sure your roofer uses ladder stabilizers while working on your roof.