Don’t Forget About Your Gutters During Winter

Don’t Forget About Your Gutters During Winter

Getting your home ready for winter weather can be an exhaustive process. If you haven’t prepared for the winter months already, you need to think about your gutters as we move into the coldest winter months. That’s right; your gutters play an essential role in protecting your home over the winter months. However, if they aren’t cleaned and protected, you risk harming your roof and walls with water damage.

How Cold Weather Affects Un-Prepared Gutters

Ideally, if you’re reading this blog, you’re already considering what to do with your gutters before now. However, if you’re still unsure about how cold weather can affect your gutters, here are a few examples of the potential problems you may face.

  • Ice Dams – The biggest issue you’ll find with gutters in freezing temperatures is the potential for ice dams. Often, ice dams will occur if there are blockages in your gutters that allow water to pool. This standing water will freeze, causing a further blockage. Furthermore, as these ice dams melt, they can slowly begin to seep under your roofline.
  • Damaged Downspouts – Again, related to blockages and ice dams, you might find your downspouts to be taking on more damage. As downspouts are entirely enclosed, freezing water will expand and place pressure on the inside. This pressure will often lead to bending and cracking of the material, compromising your downspout.
  • Sagging Gutters – Sections of gutters already stressed from years of use can be pushed beyond their limit with the presence of ice. And the more your gutter begins to sag, the more water, snow and ice is likely to settle in the dip. Such pressure can cause the gutter to fall after a while, sometimes bringing soffit and fascia boards with it.

All these issues, separate or combined, cause your gutter system to no longer be as efficient as it should be. And when gutters can’t carry water away from your roof and the base of your home, you risk severe water damage to parts of your house, fairly costly to repair or replace.

What Can Be Done to Protect Your Gutters?

Thankfully, there’s still time to ensure your gutters are ready. And to make sure everything is done right, it’s best to hire a professional like Gutter Boyz of Kentucky to assist with your gutter system.

  • Clean Your Gutters – While we always suggest a professional gutter cleaning is the safest and the best gutter cleaning, this is one of the few preparations you can do by yourself. Ensuring your gutters are free of leaves, dirt and other debris helps prevent ice dams once freezing temperatures hit.
  • Address Weak Spots – If you know your gutters are dented or bending in certain areas, these issues should be addressed ASAP. Sometimes all it takes is a simple realignment to make sure your gutters can withstand pressure from ice and snow. Otherwise, you might need pieces of your gutter replaced ahead of time.
  • Replace Rotting Wood – Even if your gutters are straight and unblemished, they can easily collapse if they’re attached to rotting soffit or fascia. And melting snow and ice are only going to make matters worse. So, if you’re not sure your fascia boards and soffit will last the season, let a contractor swap them out.
  • Get Gutter Guards – Rather than letting debris continue to fall into your gutters, increasing the likelihood of ice dams, have gutter guards installed for your home. While gutter guards won’t keep ice and snow out, they can prevent your gutters from getting clogged up from everything else. And the best part is, gutter guards are excellent for use all year long.

Help from the Experts

While there’s plenty that can be done to prepare your gutters for winter, much of it must be handled by gutter professionals like Gutter Boyz of Kentucky. Whether you are in need of gutter cleaning, gutter guards, gutter repair or new gutter installation, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can help. We serve a majority of western Kentucky. Give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 for a FREE ESTIMATE!

What Could Happen If You Don’t Clean Your Gutters

What Could Happen If You Don’t Clean Your Gutters

You probably think that everyone knows the importance of cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. You would be surprised at how many people don’t take the time to clean out their gutters. Below are a few of the problems we see on a regular basis from people who don’t realize how important their gutter system is to their home:

  • 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.
  • Insect infestations: Nobody likes mosquitos in their backyard. But pooling water in your gutters can be the perfect breeding ground for them. Damp mud and leaves can also be an inviting place for bees and wasps to build their nests.

Don’t ignore your gutters. Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can help prevent a wide range of problems you are risking to you home. Whether you need new gutters, gutter repair, gutter cleaning or gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of KY is your one-stop shop for all things gutter related. Gutter Boyz of Kentucky serves a majority of Western Kentucky. Give us a call today for a free estimate at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

Professional Gutter Installation & Repair After The Storm

Professional Gutter Installation & Repair After The Storm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every person affected by the storms and tornados in Western Kentucky this past week.

Many of you have likely suffered damage to your home and business. We know some will have major damage and some will have repairable damage. Keep in mind that gutters and downspouts are critical components in protection from weather and excess water entering your house. With more storms in the near forecast, your gutters are your home’s initial line of defense to protect from water damage to your home. If you find yourself in need of gutter repair or gutter replacement, you don’t want to wait to get on a contractors list to get the work done.

If you need gutter repair or gutter replacement, please give us a call at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky. Get A FREE Gutter Storm Damage Estimate by calling (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Gutter Cleaner

5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Gutter Cleaner

Having clean rain gutters and downspouts provides so many benefits to you and your home. However, keeping your gutters clean throughout the year is a time-consuming and hazardous chore. A local professional gutter cleaning service like Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can really help. Here are 5 reasons to hire a pro for your gutter cleaning needs.

Protect Your Home From Leaks and Damage

If your gutters and downspouts are clogged with leaves and twigs they cannot do their job of carrying water safely away from your home when it rains. This leads to water damage, attic leaks, foundation cracks, slippery sidewalks, pest problems, and more.

Extends Gutter Life

Gutters that are full of debris and water are heavy. This extra weight will cause your gutters to sag, pull apart, leak, and even fall off your house! Professional gutter cleaning will remove the weight and it gives us a chance to find problems and take care of them, saving you time and money.

Safety

Gutter cleaning can be dangerous, especially for homes with more than one story or where landscaping or patios are involved. Climbing ladders to reach even the lowest level of your gutters or downspouts carries the risk of falling. Hiring a professional means you don’t have to climb ladders or work on the roof. Just think about it – is cleaning your gutters worth a trip to the hospital or worse?

Proper Equipment

Our local technicians are outfitted with the proper equipment to clean gutters quickly and safely. From proper extension ladders and safety gear to leaf blowers, vacuums, and more. Having the right tool for the job makes all the difference in the results.

Saves You Time

Your life is busy – and gutter cleaning is a time-consuming project. Hiring a professional gutter cleaning service like Gutter Boyz of Kentucky lets you spend your time on what’s important to you.

For more information or to obtain a FREE ESTIMATE give Gutter Boyz of Kentucky a call today at (270) 906-3066 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

Preparing Your Home For The Holidays

Preparing Your Home For The Holidays

It’s time for Thanksgiving which means many of you will be getting ready to decorate for Christmas, and other various winter holidays. It is also the time of year that homeowners should be buttoning up winter projects and preparing their homes for the long, cold, winter months.

One thing that you should be sure to do is clean out your gutters. You can do this yourself or hire a professional, like Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, to do the work for you. Gutter cleaning is important because leaves and debris become heavier and heavier as they soak up water and eventually turn to ice. This can cause your gutters to pull away from your home, which is a whole new problem. So be sure to get your gutters cleaned while there is still time!

Now is also a good time to install leaf protection on your gutters. When we install leaf protection, we also take the time to clean out your gutters and downspouts. Leaf protection is the gift that keeps on giving – making your future seamless gutter maintenance much more manageable!

Let your mind be at ease this winter knowing that you took the proper precautions in caring for your greatest investment – your home! If you need new gutters, gutter repairs, gutter cleaning or gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is here to help. Give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 today for a FREE ESTIMATE!

Gutters Do More Than You Realize

Gutters Do More Than You Realize

People tend to think gutters just keep rainwater from falling on your head as you enter or leave you home. If this were true, it wouldn’t really be necessary to have them located anywhere except over doorways. In reality, there is much more to this often overlooked feature on your home than you might realize.

While it’s a bit troublesome to keep up with your drain, down spout and gutter maintenance, it is well worth it considering the problems and issues that could arise if you didn’t have them. Water is an incredible force; just look at all the flooding and devastation from storms in the south this past year. Just one inch of rain on a typical 2,000 sq ft home yields a overwhelming 1,200 gallons of rainwater. Imagine the level of damage that much water could do if it wasn’t properly managed and diverted through gutters and downspouts.

What are some of the problems?

For starters, that much water pouring off the roof directly on the ground around your property can put incredible stress on the foundation, resulting in seepage into your crawlspace, basement, or even into the home itself. There is also a risk of experiencing damage to your property’s siding over time. In addition, it’s much easier for runoff to seep back into your roof via the eaves and soffits, creating water damage in your attic, exterior walls and maybe even the interior walls. This could leas to wood rot or toxic mold, and all the problems these issues can cause. In the winter months, this water can freeze and expand, which can cause pretty severe structural damage.

Solutions

Having sufficient gutters and downspouts on your property isn’t enough to properly protect your home. It is very important to make sure they are clean and in good condition, have the proper angle off the roof, and slope in a way so the rainwater moves quickly away from your home. If you have questions about your gutters or would like a quote for installation, cleaning or repairs, contact us at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky. Our years of specialized experience in the gutter industry assures you of a professional and quality result that will protect your home and keep the rain off your head.

For more information or for a FREE ESTIMATE, give us a call at (270) 906-3066 or CLICK HERE to contact us!

Leaves Are Falling – Are Your Gutters Ready

Leaves Are Falling – Are Your Gutters Ready

When you walk outside in the morning, you can finally feel the colder fall air making its way to our area. With fall come falling leaves, and lots of them. If you haven’t scheduled an appointment to have your gutters cleaned, now is an excellent time to call Gutter Boyz of Kentucky. These are just a few reasons that cleaning your gutters is a must to make it through the long winter ahead.


Protecting Your Foundation

The function of gutters is to move water away from the foundation of your home. When you don’t address water issues with gutters, water will pool around the foundation. Over time, it can lead to structural damage like foundation cracks and leaks. Gutter cleaning is a must to make sure that your gutters can do what they were designed to. If there is a build-up of dirt and debris, then water will simply pour over the top and render them useless.


Reduce the Risk of Damaging Your Gutters

Gutters are meant to guide water, but they aren’t designed to take much weight. When you don’t clean your gutters, dirt and debris can build up and weigh them down. If they are weighted, it can cause them to sag and pull away from the house, causing damage. That can lead to the need for unnecessary repairs, and in some instances, require you to install new gutters – which can get really expensive. Preventative maintenance is always less expensive than repairs after the damage has occurred.

Aesthetics

Nothing can make your home look aged more than gutters that are overflowing with twigs, dirt, and seedlings. If you want to enhance your curb appeal, getting your gutters cleaned is a must! Because your gutters back up to your fascia and soffit boards, if they aren’t cleaned, it can lead to rot, which will also make your home look uncared for. A simple gutter cleaning appointment can make all the difference.

About Pest Problems

When dirt, debris, and algae build up, they become breeding grounds for pests and insects. And if you don’t address them, they can do a lot of damage. Once an infestation starts, they will likely find a way to gain access to the interior of your home and do even more damage. Pest control is all about prevention, especially when it comes to your gutters. By removing any build-up, you take away their ability to hide and multiply.

If you haven’t scheduled your gutter cleaning appointment for this fall, now is an excellent time. Soon the leaves will all have fallen and settled into your gutters – where they can cause a whole lot of damage if not removed. At Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, we go to great lengths to ensure that your gutters are in proper working order; by cleaning them regularly, we extend their longevity and reduce the risk of needing repairs.

Give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to get a FREE ESTIMATE!

Gutter Cleaning – An Important Part Of Home Maintenance

Gutter Cleaning – An Important Part Of Home Maintenance

A gutter system is designed to push rainwater away from the roofline as well as from your home, to prevent structural damage. Check out these tips for gutter cleaning and learn why keeping your gutters free of debris is so important to home maintenance.

Why clean your Gutters?

Throughout the year, falling leaves and other junk can find its way into your gutters. Too much muck and your gutter system will become clogged. When that happens, the rainwater has nowhere to go, and it will start spilling over the edge. The water hits the ground right next to your foundation wall, causing puddles to form and flooding to occur.

People don’t always realize how damaging clogged gutters can be to their home. Roofing problems, landscaping issues, and even the headaches of mold and mildew wreak havoc on your property. It’s important to keep your gutter system working well.

How often should you clean your Gutters?

Twice a year is usually recommended for gutter cleaning. However, it should depend on your situation. Every yard and every neighborhood is different. Do you have pine trees that are taller than your roofline? Pine needles are notorious for clogging gutters, so if this is the case, you should clean them more often.

Some neighborhoods get more rain than other places. The more rain that ultimately flows through your gutters, the more cleaning you should do. This will ensure that the water flows freely through your downspout system so that it can be taken further away from your home.

How to clean your Gutters

Calling a professional to clean your gutters is always the best. But if you really feel you want to do them yourself, check out these tips for cleaning your gutter system:

  • For debris that’s tough to get out or time-consuming to remove by hand, use a gutter scoop. You can even cut one out from a plastic milk jug to scoop up the junk clogging up your gutters.
  • Use a power washer. Using one of these allows you to quickly blast away the dirt and debris left behind. If you don’t want to spend the money to rent or buy one, try using your garden hose.
  • For stubborn debris in the elbows of your downspouts, try using a plumber’s snake tool. It’s not only useful for snaking out your plumbing pipes, but it’s great for your gutter system as well.

Help Keep The Debris Out

If you are like most people, you probably are not looking forward to having to clean your gutters. You can reduce the amount of debris entering your gutters (and therefore reduce the time you spend cleaning your gutters) with gutter gutter guards from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky.

Whether you need new gutters, gutter repair, gutter cleaning or gutter gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is your one-stop shop for all things gutter related. For more information or to receive a FREE ESTIMATE, give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today! Gutter Boyz serves a majority of Western Kentucky!

Do I Need Gutters On My Home?

Do I Need Gutters On My Home?

Earlier this year we discussed some of the typical causes of gutter damage. But does your roof even need gutters?

The short answer: probably, but not always. It may seem strange to see a house without gutters, but every once in a while you might encounter one. In fact, whether your home actually needs gutters depends on the build of your home, where your home is, and whether your home experiences water-related issues. Here’s everything you need to know about gutters or gutter installation.

WHAT DO GUTTERS ACTUALLY DO?
Gutters control the water that hits your roof, directing it into a single flow that moves away from your house. Without gutters, it’s possible that water runoff will build up around your home, getting into your foundation and causing water damage over time. Gutters are not able to move water away effectively unless they’re frequently cleaned—and damaged gutters can actually cause more damage than not having gutters at all because they can cause water to pool along your roof.

In addition to moving water away, gutters can also help to prevent erosion by controlling water runoff. This protects any landscaping that’s around a property, though, understandably, if there is no landscaping around the property it may not be as significant an issue.

WHEN WOULDN’T YOU NEED GUTTERS?
Homes that are in places that don’t experience a lot of rainfall or snow often don’t need gutters, because the amount of water falling along a roof isn’t significant enough to require them. Gutters are intended to protect against water damage over time; if there isn’t a lot of water on a regular basis, that damage isn’t going to occur. However, here in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois, that isn’t the case! We have more than enough rain and snow to damage your home.

Homes are less likely to need gutters if the ground slopes away from them. A house on a hill is not as likely to need gutters, because the rain is naturally going to flow away. A home surrounded by concrete may also not need gutters, but there must be some slope for the water to run away from the home as well.

WHY SHOULD YOU INSTALL GUTTERS?
Gutters, as long as they’re well-maintained, provide insurance against future roof, foundation, erosion and moisture issues. In most areas, gutters are necessary, because of the amount of rainfall. Gutters are more likely to be useful in areas where the ground slopes towards a home. Unless your roofer specifically tells you that you shouldn’t have gutters, it’s a good idea to install them.

WHEN MIGHT YOUR ROOF NOT NEED GUTTERS?
It is important to note that some types of roofing may not need gutters. Roofs that have significant overhang will direct water away from the house regardless, which means your home is less likely to need gutters. In some homes, the attractiveness of the home may be benefited by extending the roof rather than adding gutters.

If you have questions about whether you need gutters for your specific type of home or business, contact us at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky. We will always give you an honest answer along with an explanation about how we may, or may not be able to help you. Give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

Do I Need Gutter Guards?

Do I Need Gutter Guards?

First, of all, what are gutter guards? Gutter guards prevent leaves, sticks, and other debris from collecting in your gutters by preventing those items from getting into your gutters while still allowing water to pass through.

At Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, our primary goal is to protect the integrity of your gutters so that your gutters can effectively and efficiently guide water away from the foundation of your home and maintain the integrity of your gutters (minimizing the need for repair or replacement). Gutter guards eliminate the hassle of frequently cleaning your gutters!

Are you considering having gutter guards installed, but aren’t totally convinced yet? Unless you live in an area with very little trees, and you get almost no debris in your gutters, we think gutter guards are a great addition to your gutters and home. Especially if you live in an area with a lot of trees and find that your gutters constantly get clogged, gutter guards can be a great solution. These gutter protection covers are systems designed to prevent clogging by keeping out debris without stopping the flow of water.

Some Benefits of Gutter Guards include:

As gutter experts here in Western Kentucky, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, we are committed to only providing gutter guard systems we feel are some of the best options on the market. Gutter guards from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky:

  • Adding value to your home
  • Prevent home damage
  • Keep out pests
  • Decrease the risk of gutter fires

Need more information on gutter guards for your home or business? Give us a call at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

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