We have had a lot of rain, sleet and snow in Western Kentucky lately. You may have noticed that your gutters are leaking or have damage of some kind.
High winds, snow and ice, clogged gutters, or even pests like birds cause damages to your gutter system that requires gutter repair. The number one cause of all gutter repair issues is what we call gutter neglect.
Neglecting your gutters is when you forget about your gutters for a couple seasons or years and they become filled with debris all over. Once the downspouts become clogged the water can no longer drain properly. This is where almost all gutter related problems occur. When the gutters fill with water or wet debris and water they become very heavy. The weight puts a huge burden on the hardware and the fascia board. The result is gutters pull themselves from the wall.
If you have noticed that your gutters need repairs, do put it off. Get your gutters in good shape before springs heavy rains arrive, The gutter pros at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky are ready to help. Whether you need new gutters, gutter repairs, gutter cleaning or gutter guards, give Gutterz Boyz of Kentucky a call today at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!
When will you need a gutter replacement? This depends on several factors.
Galvanized steel and aluminum gutters, the most common type of gutters, have an average lifespan of 20 years, while copper gutters, a more high-end option, can last up to 50 years. You should keep a detailed record of gutter inspections, maintenance and repair, as this will help you determine when it’s time to plan for gutter replacement.
Frequency of Maintenance
Keep in mind the estimated lifespan of a gutter system can be drastically reduced by improper or irregular maintenance. Regardless of how durable a gutter system is, it needs to be cleaned regularly.
Unfortunately, not a lot of homeowners have the time for tedious but essential tasks like gutter cleaning. One way of reducing your gutter’s maintenance requirements is by installing gutter covers. These devices help prevent leaves and other kinds of organic debris from entering and clogging your gutters.
Climate is another factor that can affect your gutters’ lifespan. For instance, cold climates can be harsh on your exterior, and your gutters are no exception. Of the numerous problems homes in cold climates face, ice dams can be one of the most problematic. That’s because ice deposited near the edges of your roof and gutters prevent snowmelt from draining, causing water to back up and possibly make its way under the shingles.
If you live in Western Kentucky and are in need of new gutters, gutter repair, gutter cleaning or gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky can help. Give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 for a FREE QUOTE or CLICK HERE to contact us!
Every winter, when the temperatures drop and cold weather rolls in, we get questions from homeowners about how to protect their gutter systems from winter weather and ice.
Questions like “What will the winter weather do to my gutters?” and “Can my gutter system survive an ice storm?” are not unusual to hear.
The fact is, ice does indeed impact your gutters if you aren’t prepared. The good news? There are steps you can take to mitigate and prevent the damage.
Let’s take a look at how ice can damage your gutters and how you can protect them with some preventative maintenance.
Ice Can Result in Downspout Blockages
With each new round of winter precipitation (and the freeze that usually follows), more ice builds up in your downspouts. This ice buildup causes clogs. When this happens, your downspouts can’t do what they were designed for – to help get water off of your roof and away from your home. When ice blockages build up, it can damage or even ruin your gutter system.
Blockages Can Cause Ice Dams to Form
When your gutters and downspouts build up ice (causing blockages), ice dams can eventually form. Ice dams are essentially big slabs of ice that form along your roofline. When these slabs melt, water can leak under your roofline, which can cause your shingles to peel. Ice dams are also known to form in gutter systems.
Icicles – Great for the Gram, Not for Your Gutters
Icicles look great in your winter photos on Instagram, but they can be quite harmful to your gutter system. When icicles form, they often hang off your gutters, pulling them away from your home. Icicles that hang for extended periods can lead to your gutters working improperly and can even damage your home.
How to Prevent Ice Damage This Winter
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is absolutely the best way to protect your gutters and your home from winter storm damage. If you don’t have the time or you don’t want to take the risk that comes with falling off a ladder, give Gutter Boyz of Kentucky a call. Our professionals are trained to clean gutters and remove the debris is a safe manner.
While you’re cleaning out the clogs in your gutter system, you might as well go ahead and remove any limbs that are hanging close to your roof or gutters. When ice collects on these branches, they can snap and damage your roof and gutters.
Gutter Installation and Maintenance Done Right
Preventative maintenance can pay dividends when winter weather comes around. With that said, it’s not always feasible for homeowners to climb up on their roof or even make the time to start removing clogs. Some homeowners have gutters in such disrepair that they just ignore it and don’t worry about ice damage.
That’s where Gutter Boyz of Kentucky – with a team of hardworking gutter technicians, we have the passion and the experience to take care of all of your gutter installation and maintenance needs. From simple quotes to large-scale gutter installation jobs, we’ve got you covered. For more information or to receive a FREE QUOTE, give us a call today at 270-906-3055.
Gutters are probably one of the things in your home that you don’t think about until something goes wrong with them. You can’t just disregard it because it can cause long term annoyance and inconvenience if left unfixed. Some of the most common problems it could cause are overflowing and leaking around the house. If you leave them to neglect it, it can soon cause severe water damage in your house. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent major damage. Here are five tips from the pros at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky.
- Always be on the lookout.
Always be on the lookout if there is something wrong in your gutter. Check out for signs of a leak in the drainage system or places where water has pooled. This is the first step and the one thing you must do even if your gutter is fine. Check your gutters every now and then so you will be aware if you have to do any repairs anytime soon. This will also help you assess if you can do it yourself or if it is time to contact gutter repair services.
- Wash your gutters
Washing your gutters every now and then goes a long way. You don’t have to do it regularly, but after doing your inspection and you see the need to clean it, go ahead and clean the gutters.
- Patch small holes
If your gutters are leaking and there are small holes in it, you may be able to repair them. For smaller holes, you can apply roofing cement using a putty knife directly.
- Change old gutters to aluminum
If your gutters are very old, chances are, they are old models that are susceptible to rust. Consider changing them to aluminum as aluminum gutters do not rust. The pros at Gutter Boyz of Kentucky will be happy to give you a FREE ESTIMATE if you have the need.
- Clean out everything around the gutter
Clean out any dirt and decomposed leaves around the gutter. Leaves may look harmless but if it is left out stuck in the gutters, it could decompose and would build up to that much-dreaded compost. Eventually, these stuck decomposed leaves can cause clogging and drainage will no longer work properly. So to avoid any of these to happen in the future, clean out everything that could cause any clogging to the gutters.
Whether you need to have your gutters repaired, new gutter installation, gutter cleaning or gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is ready to help. We serve a majority of Western Kentucky including Paducah, Murray, Mayfield, Benton and all of the surrounding counties. Feel free to give us a call for a FREE ESTIMATE at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!