What’s The Difference Between Gutter Cleaning and Gutter Brightening?

What is Gutter Cleaning?

Gutter cleaning is the process of removing all debris from inside the gutters themselves. Gutters often get clogged with leaves, tree limbs, dirt, animal feces and other debris. A clogged gutter can be detrimental to your home’s foundation. If the stormwater does not properly shed from your roof, to the gutters, and down the downspouts and away from your property, it can slowly cause foundation damage. By hiring a professional for gutter cleaning on a yearly basis, you can be assured that your gutters and downspouts are operating at full efficiency, protecting your home’s foundation.


Scheduling gutter cleaning on a yearly basis can help prevent expensive repairs over time to your home. A clogged gutter might not seem like such a big deal, but over time improper drainage of stormwater can lead to interior water leaks and foundational damage.

What is Gutter Brightening? 

Do your gutters have black, vertical streaks (commonly referred to as tiger stripes)? Do your gutters look faded in color? Gutter brightening might be a solution for you! Gutter brightening is a restoration process that removes years of unwanted markings left by dirt, leaf staining, animal waste, and organic growth. It does not alter the color or coating of the gutters, but restores them to their original appearance. The brightening process also removes any oxidation present that can give surfaces a chalky appearance.

Tiger striping effect shown on a white gutter.

While gutter brightening serves more as a visual benefit, less of an operational benefit, it is still an important process to consider. If you are planning to sell your property, having black stripes on your gutters or having them faded in appearance can be a turnoff for some buyers. Gutter brightening does not need to be performed every year, as opposed to gutter cleaning, the original color of the gutters will last for years to come. Not only does the process restore and brighten the gutters, it also aids in protecting the surface of the gutters to prevent any additional build up.

Which Process is Best for You?

If you are someone who solely cares about the operating efficiency of your gutters, then gutter cleaning is best for you! Gutter cleaning is a cost effective way to add a level of protection to your home’s most important component: the foundation. Gutter cleaning can ensure stormwater is draining away from your property and gives you, the homeowner, peace of mind knowing that you took the necessary precautions to protect your home’s integrity.


If you are someone who not only cares about the operating efficiency, but also the visual appearance of your gutters, then gutter brightening and gutter cleaning are for you! After hiring a professional to remove all of the debris from your gutters, the original color of your gutters can be restored. While gutter brightening is a more costly process, your gutters will not only operate as brand new, but they will also look brand new!


The experienced professionals here at Performance Under Pressure have years of experience in both gutter cleaning and gutter brightening. If you have any questions regarding either of these two processes, feel free to give us a call!

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