Prevent Ladder Scratches With This Simple Tip

A home inspector shares a simple trick that will prevent a ladder from scratching up the gutters

Ladder scratches at gutter

Make your ladder scratch-free

It’s always best to leave houses in the same condition that you found them in, and that includes the gutters. If you lean an aluminum ladder up against a gutter, it’s most likely going to scratch it up.

I’ve never received a complaint from a homeowner saying I scratched up the gutters, and I hope I never do. My old trick was to throw a towel, jacket, or sweatshirt over the end of my ladder before leaning it against a gutter, but I’ve found a far better solution… tape!

Tape at ladder 3

By applying strips of electrical tape to the portion of the ladder that leans against the gutter, it no longer scratches the gutter. The tape lasts for a long time before wearing off, and it’s easy to replace when needed.

No scratches caused by ladder 2

About the Author

Reuben Saltzman is the owner and president of Structure Tech Home Inspections.