Don’t Invite Ugly Home Repairs To The Holidays

Don’t Invite Ugly Home Repairs To The Holidays

As you set the Thanksgiving table and place the final decorations around the house, it’s looking like it’s almost time for the company to arrive.

There’s family coming in from out of town, and the turkey is in the oven. You might be willing to overlook Aunt Mildred’s stuffing, and what the dog did to the cranberries last year when no one else was looking, but that’s your likely threshold for Thanksgiving holiday surprises. You can even tolerate Uncle Ron and his political discussions.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is not the moment for an ugly home repair surprise to rear it’s head. So to prevent that scenario from taking place, let’s look at one common cause of problems that is often overlooked until it’s too late:

Gutter failure

You always want water flowing away from the house, and this is how your gutter system should work. For this reason, it’s important to keep your gutters clean. Make sure that falling leaves aren’t preventing water from flowing.

When your gutters don’t flow properly, you risk damage to your home in several different ways:

  • Foundation problems: If you have a 2,000-square-foot home, every inch of rain translates to more than 1,200 gallons of water pouring down your roof! A properly functioning gutter will carry that water through a downspout and away from your home. But a clogged gutter does the opposite—allowing water to spill over the sides and pour down your walls. Pooling water around your foundation can cause erosion which weakens the walls, leading to foundation cracks and settling. 
  • Broken gutters: When your gutters are clogged, the water they collect has no place to go. Instead, it fills your gutters to the brim. With each gallon of water weighing about 8 pounds, all that extra weight can bend your gutters or tear them away from the roof.
  • Wall and ceiling damage: Clogged gutters can also cause water leaks on the inside of your home. Trapped water can rot the wooden fascia boards your gutters are mounted to, letting moisture enter your home. And in the winter months, ice dams can drive snow melt underneath your shingles.  
  • Wet basement: If your basement isn’t waterproofed, the water pouring down your foundation can lead to a damp basement. This is caused by water seeping through your basement’s porous walls and floor. 

Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can help prevent these problems from happening to you. Let us come clean your gutters before these issues arise. Give us a call today for a free estimate at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

Western Kentucky Gutter Cleaning Experts

Western Kentucky Gutter Cleaning Experts

Gutter cleaning is an important home maintenance project, especially in Western Kentucky. The gutter cleaning professionals at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky are standing by to take care of this dirty and dangerous task for you. If you have been putting off gutter cleaning for a while or thinking you will wait until spring – you should reconsider.

When Should You Clean Gutters?

If you live in or near Western Kentucky, we recommend gutter cleaning a minimum of twice a year. Spring gutter cleaning clears away debris like tree pollen, seeds, and catkins and the fall to remove layers of leaves, branches, dirt, and grime. This system prevents the clogs that will force water to spill over – leading to bigger problems if not taken care of.

Why Do You Need To Clean Gutters?

Gutter cleaning is like changing the oil in your car. You change the oil regularly to keep the engine running smoothly and to help prevent other damage. Gutter cleaning allows your gutters to do their job and helps prevent other damage too.

Clogged gutters can cause foundation cracks, roof damage, water leaks, peeling paint, mold, mildew, and can even cause your gutters to collapse! The low price, safety, and convenience of professional gutter cleaning from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can go a long way to help prevent these expensive problems – possibly saving you thousands of dollars.

Gutter Cleaning In Western Kentucky

Gutter Boyz of Kentucky cleans gutters and downspouts quickly, safely, and affordably. We are a locally owned and operated business.  Our gutter experts are trained and experienced with all types and kinds of gutters in order to give you the best service possible.

Don’t wait or avoid gutter cleaning any longer! Get your FREE ESTIMATE from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky today by calling (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us now!

Protect Your Business With Commercial Gutters

Protect Your Business With Commercial Gutters

Commercial rain gutters protect your property from water damage, but that is not all they have to offer. A commercial gutter helps to make your building a more welcoming place for employees, customers, and tenants.

Commercial rain gutters from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky are designed specifically to accommodate commercial building needs. New gutters ensure that water is directed away from your building.

Safety and Reducing Liability

Most property owners think of commercial rain gutters as a way to protect their building, and they are correct; gutters do protect your building, but that is not all they protect. Whether you have a driveway a parking lot or a walkway in front of your commercial building, it can be a liability risk in rainy weather.

When you do not have gutters installed on your property, the rain simply streams down off the roof and causes puddling around the building. Puddling can cause asphalt and concrete to break down forming potholes, cracked sidewalks, and other dangerous conditions.

Dangerous conditions around the building can cause injuries and put you at risk of being held liable for those injuries. Of course, you want to provide a safe experience for people coming in and out of your building.

Reducing the risk of injury can be as simple as having new gutters installed to ensure that water is directed away from the building, walkways, and other areas where pedestrians and cars travel. You can reduce your liability with this one simple solution.

Protect Your Foundation and Your Roof

Water runoff from a summer rain can equate to about 1500 gallons and up to 2 inches of water pelting your roof. Commercial rain gutters can direct that water away from your structure. An effective rain gutter system should have a downspout around every 35 linear feet. You can increase the effectiveness of your gutter system by simply adding more downspouts.

Maintaining your gutter system with professional gutter services will ensure that your building is protected from roof to foundation. If you need gutter replacement or new gutter installation, turn to the company that specializes in installing the commercial gutter that provides the best protection for your property.

If you are ready to add commercial gutters to your business or need repairs to your existing gutters, contact us at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky. We are the one-stop for all things gutter related in Western Kentucky. You can reach us today for a FREE ESTIMATE by calling (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us!

What Are The Benefits Of Gutter Guards?

What Are The Benefits Of Gutter Guards?

Gutters are prone to gathering debris like dried leaves, dirt, branches and seeds, which clog up your gutters and prevent water from draining out of your gutters. You have to make sure that your gutters are always clear of debris so that they can perform properly. However, gutter cleaning and maintenance is a dangerous task you shouldn’t tackle on your own. Leave it to the professional gutter installers to work on your gutters.  Read on to learn the benefits of installing gutter guards.

EASY MAINTENANCE

Since gutter guards prevent dirt and debris from clogging up your gutters, this means that you’ll have an easier time cleaning up your gutters because there’s little to no debris on it. Consequently, they help extend your gutters’ lifespan since. Be sure to leave it to the professionals like Gutter Boyz of Kentucky so you can rest easy knowing your gutters are in safe hands.

EXTENDS YOUR GUTTER AND ROOF’S LIFESPAN

As debris such as dirt, leaves and twigs clog up your gutters, they tend to form pooling water which can cause your gutters to corrode and rust. Standing water and debris build-up could cause mold growth to spread from your gutters to your roof, compromising the entire system. That said, having a proper gutter guard helps prolong your gutter’s life span, as well as your roof’s. At Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, we’re proud to be one of the few gutter companies who install top quality, professional gutter products that provide superior protection from debris and weather elements. We will help keep your gutters clean all year long and we have a solution to fit your gutter system.

PREVENTS WATER DAMAGE

Gutter guards will help prevent water from dripping down the sides of your home. Overflowing water can damage your home’s siding and foundation. Aside from reducing your home’s curb value, it causes extensive damage and is the catalyst for mold and mildew growth.

If you have an interest in gutter guards for your home, shop, garage or business, give us a call at 270) 906-3055for a FREE ESTIMATE or click here to contact us today!

What Does Foundation Damage Really Mean?

What Does Foundation Damage Really Mean?

You have heard about the risk of damage to your foundation due to lack of gutters. But what can that really look like for you as a home owner? 

It helps to first consider what gutters do for your home. The purpose of gutters are to route water from your roof away from your home. In order for them to work properly, they must be free of debris. Scheduling regular cleanings of your gutters by Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can help you save money and time. Gutter guards may also make your life easier and help prevent damage to your home. If you are in need of new gutters, gutter repairs, gutter guards or gutter cleaning, CONTACT US at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky.

What happens when water falls directly into your foundation?

Without properly installed gutters, the water from rain that runs off your roof falls directly into your foundation. Over time, the water can cause many issues including:

Water damage to your foundation. Non-structural water damage refers to water seeping in small holes into the basement. Left untreated, it can lead to mold and mildew buildup resulting in costly repairs and an unsafe place for your family and pets to live. Structural water damage is another result of untreated “non-structural” water damage. When this happens, your entire home can shift and sink under its own weight resulting in extensive repairs.

Bugs and insects infiltrating your home. Another by-product of water damage can include insect infiltration. When water damages the foundation, it creates holes that allow bugs to get inside. The standing water also attracts water-loving bugs such as cockroaches and silversides. Both of which can be huge nuisances and cause further damage. 

If you suspect water damage has already affected your foundation, call a professional immediately. The next step is to call Gutter Boyz of Kentucky at (270) 906-3055. We will come out, give you a FREE ESTIMATE and properly install gutters to keep this from ever happening again. 

How To Prepare Your Gutters For Fall

How To Prepare Your Gutters For Fall

Like it or not, summer is over and autumn is here. A time when leaves begin to change and fall off your trees, and onto your house and in your gutters.

GIVE THEM A GOOD CLEANING

Before the leaves start to fall, give your gutters a good, thorough cleaning. Get up on the ladder and remove any debris that has collected over the summer months, and then hose them down with a high-pressure spray. For a better clean, pour some mild, soapy water down your gutters to wash away more stubborn dirt and grime.

CHECK FOR LEAKS AND DAMAGES

While you’re up on your ladder, cleaning your gutters, take this as an opportunity to check for any leaks or other forms of damage. The colder months can make cracks, holes, and leaks even worse, so it’s a good idea to find and fix these problem areas before the temperature begins to drop.

TRIM NEARBY TREES AND BRANCHES

Autumn is notorious for falling leaves. As beautiful as these leaves may be, they are not as beautiful when they’re clogging up your gutter. You can’t stop the leaves from falling, but you can control where they fall by trimming any nearby trees and branches in the late summer months.

With these few steps, your house and your gutters should be well-prepared for the autumn months. However, cleaning and maintaining your gutters can be hard work on your own. For a helping hand, contact us at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky.

Whether you are in need of new gutters, gutter repairs, gutter cleaning or gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is your one-stop shop for all things gutter related! For a FREE ESTIMATE, give us a call at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us!

Consider This Before Cleaning Your Own Gutters

Consider This Before Cleaning Your Own Gutters

In an attempt to reduce maintenance costs, many homeowners prefer to try their hand at DIY improvement projects. This includes gutter cleaning. While it’s easy to look up step-by-step guides for this task, it’s important to understand the risks of DIY work. Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, Inc., the area’s top provider of everything gutter related, share some thoughts on why you might want to avoid doing this on your own:

Risks Of Accidents

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), falls are common worldwide. Even if you have the proper tools, it only takes a slip to fall and sustain injuries. Medical expenses from this kind of accident can be substantial, which easily defeats the purpose of saving money from DIY work.

Health Problems

Clogged up gutters create a thriving environment for mold and bacterial growth, which can trigger any existing health conditions. Possible illnesses include coughing, nasal stuffiness, and throat irritation. Experts are aware of this problem, which is why they make sure to observe safety protocols. They have the right skills and equipment to thoroughly clean your gutters, even the hard-to-reach areas.

Impaired Protection

What seems to be a simple mistake can cause unintended damage to your gutters. Your ladder, for instance, can dent and damage your gutters. The tools you’re using might also puncture the seams in the system. In turn, you might have to deal with costly problems.

Because of these hazards, many homeowners have decided to invest in a gutter guard system and professional gutter cleaning from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky.  By blocking leaves, twigs, and other debris with no work on your part, you can keep your gutters healthy for years to come. In turn, you’ll save a lot of time and effort in upkeep duties.

Whether you are looking for a new gutter system, gutter repairs, gutter guards or gutter cleaning, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is here to help.  We serve a majority of Western Kentucky and surrounding areas.  For a FREE QUOTE, contact us by phone at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

The Effects of Fall On Your Home

The Effects of Fall On Your Home

The dog days of summer are over and as the weather turns brisker, the job of the homeowner becomes a little tougher.  It’s called fall for a reason and around this time of year in Western Kentucky leaves begin to drop from their branches onto roofs where they are washed into gutters with the rains.

The Effects of Fall on Your Home

We can blame Mother Nature, as she controls the change in temperature and reduction in sunlight that makes our lush deciduous trees shed their leaves.  Sure, it may be nice to look at the vast array of jewel-toned foliage dancing across the sky, but after one swift gust of wind, the beauty quickly subsides into an endless barrage of heavy, wet yard work.

As the leaves begin to fall, it is important for homeowners to regularly have their gutters checked and cleaned at least two times during the autumn season. The constant descent of leaves can yield blockages within your gutter system, causing your home’s gutters to back up with water and water damage to occur to your home’s foundation, landscape, and siding. The mold and mildew caused by the moisture created by clogged gutters can also eat away at siding and rot interior wood within a home’s walls.

Understanding Water Damage

Water damage is not fun and neither is replacing your whole gutter system. For that reason, it’s beneficial to execute proper maintenance of your gutters in order to prevent the buildup of heavy, wet leaves in your eaves. The weight associated with soggy foliage and water from the clogs is more than enough to knock your gutters off pitch.

Take Action Today

Simply avoid the hassle, ladders, and dirty work by having the gutter professionals from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky come out and take a look at your system. Interested in saving money? With proper gutter installation and maintenance, you will save money by avoiding those costly repairs year after year.

CLICK HERE to contact us at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky or give us a call today at (270) 906-3055.

My Home Doesn’t Have Gutters.  What Should I Do?

My Home Doesn’t Have Gutters. What Should I Do?

Gutters are an important aspect of most home’s roofing systems. But some homeowners notice, sometimes after years of living there, that their home doesn’t have gutters. Whether you’re just moving into a new home that doesn’t have gutters, or if you just realized that your home has no gutters, and hasn’t for a while yet, here’s what you need to know. From understanding what rain gutters do to deciding if you need to have gutters installed, we’ve got answers to all of your gutter questions:

Understanding Rain Gutters

Before you can decide whether you need to install gutters right away, or just leave your home the way it is, it’s important to understand why rain gutters exist, and what they do. 

The most basic explanation is that gutters direct rain away from your home. A gutter system catches water from rain and melting snow as it runs down the side of your roof. Then, the gutters direct that collected water into a downspout or drain, where it can be safely directed away from your home. 

Gutters work to:

  • Keep your foundation from eroding
  • Keep your landscaping intact
  • Avoid water damage to your siding and exterior

Why Your House Might Not Have Gutters

Now that we know why rain gutters exist, let’s figure out why your house doesn’t have them.

  • Steep Slope Roof — If your home’s roof has a very steep slope and a long overhang, it might already be working to direct rainwater away from your house. Steep roofs allow rain and snow to slide right off very easily, and if your overhang extends more than a foot past the side of your home, you’re unlikely to experience much damage from the displaced rainwater, except maybe to your landscaping. 
  • Very Old Home — Gutters weren’t always as common as they are now. If your home is pretty old, say 75-100 years at least, it’s possible that they just weren’t installed because that wasn’t what builders did. Gutters, as we think of them today, weren’t installed commonly on residential homes until the early to mid-1900s. If your home is older than that, it’s possible that gutters were just never installed after your home was built. 

There are actually plenty of reasons that your house might not have gutters. If you’re worried about it, your best bet is to first talk to a roofer you trust, who can give you their honest, professional opinion about whether you need gutters or not. In the meantime, here are a few key signs it might be time to install gutters on your home:

Signs It’s Time To Install Gutters

If you’re noticing water problems in your home that you suspect are due to your roof’s lack of gutters, you’re probably right. Here are a few of the most common signs that gutters could improve the functionality and lifespan of your home:

Basement Flooding

If your home gets a lot of basement flooding when it rains, gutters could help. Depending on how your home is built, gutters could put a stop to much of that flooding. While some basement flooding is just a result of a bad slope that your home is built into, a home without gutters can allow water to pour directly down from your roof and onto your foundation. 

Small cracks and pores in the foundation of your home can then let that water into your basement, which causes the flooding. With gutters, the rainwater can be safely directed into a downspout and out away from your home, minimizing the amount of water that can seep into your basement. 

Rotted or Moldy Siding

This is a clear sign that gutters are in your future. If your roof doesn’t have much of an overhang, and no gutters, moldy or rotting siding is a key sign that water isn’t getting far enough away from your house. Instead, it’s rolling down your roof and onto the sides of your home. Then, that water becomes trapped behind the siding of your house, causing mold and rot that are bad for your home’s structure, appearance, and possibly even the health of your family. 

Installing gutters can almost entirely eliminate this problem. Most of today’s siding was meant to take water head-on, not from above. When gutters are catching the water that would otherwise be falling down on siding, and redirecting it away from your home, those rot and mold issues should stop. The gutters stop water from seeping into the cracks of the siding and allow your house to do the best possible job of keeping your family safe and dry. 

Troughs In Your Landscaping

If you notice huge or deep divets in the ground next to your home, or in your landscaping, that’s a sign that you’re getting enough water to warrant gutters. These troughs or divets are caused by the constant pour of rain onto the ground from the height of your roof, and usually, they’re impossible to fill. Even if you do put dirt in them, over time, the rain will just wash it away. 

This can also be a serious problem for your foundation if your roof doesn’t have much of an overhang. Constant pounding from rain can erode your foundation, causing structural issues for your home down the road. 

By installing gutters, you can eliminate those troughs and divets from your landscaping, leaving you with a better looking front yard, and a better quality foundation holding up your home. 

Is your house missing gutters? No problem! Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is your one-stop shop for everything gutter related. Give us a call at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us for a FREE quote.

Why You Should Clean Your Gutters Before Fall

Why You Should Clean Your Gutters Before Fall

Clogged Gutters Damage Your Home

There are few things worse than clogged gutters. Why? The costs of repairing damage stemming from clogged gutters far outweigh the cost of simply maintaining them well. At Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, we care about the health of your home.

Clearing away of summer storm debris

If you haven’t had your gutters cleaned before the beginning of fall, now is the time to take action. You’ll want your gutter system clear before the leaves make their way down. Summer storms bring plenty of rainwater and debris, and these storms can also damage your gutters.

Repairing any damage

Regular gutter maintenance will ensure that any damage your gutters incurred will be repaired quickly. If your gutters are damaged, you’ll want them in good shape before the full force of fall brings leaves and added weight to your gutter system. When your gutter system has damage, it’s critical to get the damage taken care of before putting added stress on your gutters–they can only support so much weight before they fail, whether they fail by leaning or even falling down!

Taming the leaves

Your gutters are only functional when water can flow through them. Keeping the leaves at bay is an important objective in fall gutter cleaning. Leaves, once wet, can weigh down your gutters and potentially damage the fascia on the side of your home. An obstructed flow can cause issues like water pooling around the base of your home.

Protect your foundation and home

Your gutters divert water away from your foundation. When water pools at the base of your house, you can incur foundation damage which isn’t easy to repair, and you also run the risk of your basement flooding. Keeping your gutters unobstructed is the best thing you can do to prevent this kind of damage. Additionally, make sure your underground drains aren’t clogged. A clogged underground drain can also lead to flooding your yard and allowing water to pool near your foundation.

Winter is coming: be ready!

As fall fades into winter, you’ll want to be sure that your gutters are clean and in good shape. The cold winter months can bring winds, precipitation and debris into your gutter system. Ice can also cause tree limbs to break and land on your roof. Keeping your gutters in good condition moving into the year’s coldest months will ensure that they don’t get weighed down by additional fall debris remaining in your gutter system once snows fall.

At Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, with offices in Paducah, KY and Benton, KY, we are only a phone call away to help you with all of your gutter needs. Give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 for a FREE QUOTE or CLICK HERE to contact us!

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