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!

Seamless or Sectioned Gutters – Which Is Best?

Seamless or Sectioned Gutters – Which Is Best?

Most homeowners understand the importance of having gutters to move water away from their dwelling. Having working gutters is critical to save the structural integrity of your home and also to prevent things like flooding. One way to reduce gutter build-up and to ensure that they are in good working order is to opt for seamless over traditional sectioned gutters.

Seamless gutters provide less threat of clogging, which makes them a lot less maintenance intensive. Both traditional sectioned and seamless gutters have their own advantages and disadvantages, but which is right for you?

Traditional Sectioned Gutters

Traditional gutters are pieced together from pre-cut manufactured sections. The sections are assembled, sealed, or soldered at the joints. Sectioned gutters come in a variety of materials including copper, vinyl, aluminum, and steel. The biggest disadvantage to traditional seamed gutters is that they tend to clog easily.

Dirt and debris can form around the joints, and when it does, it can weigh the gutters down and disrupt the flow of water. They are easier and less expensive to install, but they require a lot more maintenance over the long-term. So, they are less of an investment up front, but they are more costly to maintain.

Seamless Gutters

One of the biggest advantages that seamless gutters offer is that they tend to be stronger and can withstand more harsh weather conditions than sectioned gutters. If you are looking for a reduced risk of build-up, they just fare better than their traditional counterparts. Seamless gutters are made in single pieces to fit your home.

The machine used to make them is fed sheets of the material you chose, and then custom cut to be installed directly. Seamless gutters, unlike sectioned, are not a do-it-yourself project, which is why they can be more expensive.

Seamless Gutters Require A Professional – But it is Worth it!

Seamless gutters are void of corners at the downspout, which makes them less likely to leak. That can help to cut down on soil erosion and ensure that water is flowing away from your home. But since they are custom-cut, they are typically more expensive than traditional gutters and they are difficult to install.

But the major advantage that they have is that they are less likely to clog and require less maintenance. Since they don’t have joints that can create build up, they also have less risk of becoming too heavy and tearing away from the house, which requires repairs, or, in some cases, to be replaced.

Seamless gutters are more expensive upfront because they are custom cut to suit your home. But although they are more costly to install, they require less maintenance and are less likely to clog and cause water issues. The one that is right for you depends on your budget and how much you want to invest in a solution that is long-lasting.

If you have questions about seamless gutters versed sectioned gutters or if you are ready for a FREE QUOTE, contact Gutter Boyz of Kentucky at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

Heavy Storms and Leaky Gutters

Heavy Storms and Leaky Gutters

As heavy storms roll through the region, you may have noticed that your gutters aren’t working like they should.  Maybe they have pulled away from your home.  Maybe they are overflowing.  Or maybe they are leaking.  Whatever the case, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can help you get your gutters back to a good place!

Time and lack of maintenance can take a toll on your rain gutter installation in the form of cracks, holes, and gaps that cause water to leak, which can cause water damage on the structure of your home, the walls or the roof, not to mention continually slippery spots that might pose a risk to your family and damage the floor as well. Needless to say, the more you allow cracks and leaks to go unchecked, the more difficult they will be to fix later on, until the point where you might have to change the whole gutter installation.

Sunlight, dirt, stagnant water, and temperature changes can deteriorate the material of the gutters until they rust and rupture, so the leaking starts – usually at the seams, braces or gutter nails. It is important to note that some materials are more prone to leaking than others.

Here’s how to spot leaky gutters:

Are there several leaking spots along the installation?

Are the gutter joints starting to rust – even if there’s no leak yet?

Have you discovered spots where water pools along your gutter installation?

Does the paint look cracked or chipped along the seams or specific spots of the installation? This might signal that the material could soon give in as well.

Are the gutter hangers loose? Rainwater might start seeping through the joints since the whole system stands more weight than normal and the joints become more susceptible to cracks.

Is the slope of the installation correct? An incorrect slope will cause water to pool along the installation and start eating away at different spots, which might end up in cracks and leaks.

Taking care of details will prevent your rain gutters from developing cracks and eventually leaking. One recommendation from experts at Gutter Boyz of kentucky is choosing seamless gutters since these tend to develop fewer cracks and holes.

If you have noticed that your gutters are having issues, now is the time to contact Gutter Boyz of Kentucky at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is your one-stop shop for all things gutter related.  Give us a call today for a FREE ESTIMATE!

How Gutter Cleaning Saves You Money

How Gutter Cleaning Saves You Money

Gutter cleaning saves you money in the long run compared to the cost of damages caused by water including flooding, wood damage, mold and mildew removal, repairing landscaping and other problems. Minor basement flooding caused by clogged gutters can run $2,000 to clean up not to mention replacing damaged personal items.  It is easy to see how gutter cleaning can save homeowners money on potential damages.

Hiring a company like gutter Boyz of Kentucky that specializes in gutter installation, gutter repair and gutter cleaning can actually end up saving you money in the long run. Not many people take the time to think about how spending a little money now on gutter cleaning services can end up saving you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road. The gutters on your home serve a purpose, and that purpose is to guide rainwater away from your home to prevent water damage.

The following are 5 ways that gutter cleaning services saves you money.

1. Clean Gutters Prevent Mold And Mildew Problems

When the gutters in your home are working right they keep water from saturating places in your home that are going to be prone to mold and mildew growth. On the other hand, when they are blocked, that water that would normally harmlessly flow away from your home will suddenly find an avenue that allows it to enter your home. Moisture ends up in mold and mildew, which is definitely not something you want to deal with. Once you realize that you have a mold and mildew problem it’s already too late.

You probably have a much bigger problem than you realize, which means you are going to be spending a lot of money on a mold remediation company. On top of that you will probably have to stay in a hotel for a few days while the cleanup is done since mold is toxic. The bottom line is that spending a little money on gutter cleaning services today can prevent these bigger expenses from happening at a later date.

2. Clean Gutters Will Protect Your Landscaping

When you have water pouring over your lawn indiscriminately it can cause a lot of damage to your landscaping. Not all plants need a huge amount of water and water pouring off of your roof onto these plants can damage or kill them. Then of course there is the problem of soil and dirt erosion that large quantities of flowing water will cause, which means you will have to have parts of your lawn built back up. This can all get quite expensive which is why it’s much smarter to be proactive and spend a little money today getting your gutters cleaned.

3. Clean Gutters Protect Your Home’s Exterior

Modern homes are built to be able to withstand the elements, as long as their exposure is within reason. The gutters on your home are designed to funnel water away from the exterior walls of your home which limits their exposure. What you have to realize is that even though your home was designed to be able to handle exposure to the rain, having it constantly bombarded with water will eventually cause things to wear down.

This can end up in having the paint or other exterior materials slowly become damaged, which can then lead to water getting into your home. All of this adds up to a good-sized bill which is another reason you shouldn’t put off having your gutters cleaned out.

4. Clean Gutters Help Prevent Basement Flooding

Anybody that has ever come home and found that their basement has been flooded will probably be happy to tell you that it was a pretty awful experience. Forget about cleaning it yourself, you are going to have to hire a professional company to take care of it for you. They are going to have to remove the water then they are going to have to repair or replace any materials that have been soaked with water.

If this process isn’t done thoroughly then it’s virtually guaranteed that you are going to have a mold problem in the future. If you don’t keep your gutters clean, and this in turn floods your basement, you are going to be given a hefty bill for your lack of being proactive. Do yourself a favor and don’t let this happen to you, call Gutter Boyz of Kentucky today!

5. Clean Gutters Will Protect Your Foundation From Damage

This is the big one. If you have ever heard about foundation damage from anyone you know they will probably tell you that it was unbelievably expensive. Your home sits on a foundation of concrete, if that foundation is damaged or becomes unstable somehow then the structural integrity of your entire home could be jeopardized. Fixing this problem is going to be a major project and you could easily end up spending tens of thousands of dollars getting it taken care of.

What causes foundation problems in many cases is excess water that has been allowed to saturate the ground around your home. When this happens your home’s foundation could shift or buckle, which is very bad news for you. Not only will you have to pay a lot of money to fix the problem, you also won’t be able to get away from it by selling your home. Any competent home inspector will find a damaged foundation and warn their clients to keep them from buying what could easily turn into a money pit.

While the idea that paying money to a gutter cleaning services company can save you money may have seemed strange, hopefully now you see that there really is a lot of truth to this. Gutter cleaning services are not that expensive, they are even less of a financial burden when you think about how much money they could end up saving you. So unless you want to end up with a big repair or restoration bill later on, take the time to give us a call at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky today.

Gutter Boyz of Kentucky serves most of Western Kentucky.  Call us today for a FREE ESTIMATE at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

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