With the days officially shorter and the temperatures cooler, one thing is for certain: Fall has arrived. The transitional season brings beautiful fall foliage in Kentucky, but then that foliage falls. Which is why tending to your gutters in autumn is so important. You want to get all debris out before winter precipitation and freezing temperature can do real damage to your gutters and your home.

  • Mold, Mildew, and Pests: If fall debris is left in the gutters, it will start to break down. In the dark, moist environment of a gutter, that can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. It also can attract pests who may want to either eat or nest in the material. Cleaning out gutters in the fall prevents the damage the mold, mildew, and pests can cause.
  • Structural Damage: If winter precipitation blows in before gutters are cleaned out, the gutters won’t drain properly and the added moisture can backup. This affects not only the gutters, but also the fascia, siding, and roofing. Water damage can be extremely costly to fix and with colder weather approaching, the problems will only be exasperated. This is why it is such a good idea to clean out your gutters in the fall to get them ready for the ravages of winter.
  • Ice Dams: Once the freeze sets in, the moisture and uncleared debris can form ice dams. The expansion of the ice and the additional weight it has can also make the gutter begin to pull away from the main structure of the house allowing for deeper penetration of the resulting issues. It can also cause problems with a house’s foundation because if not properly drained, water can pool and damage areas at the base of your home resulting in possible issues from top to bottom if you don’t see to your gutters in the fall.

With fall officially in Kentucky, now is the perfect time to evaluate your gutter plan. Do you want to clean your gutters or would you rather invest in new, clog-free gutters that ensure you never have to worry about blocked or backed-up gutters, or the issues they cause, again?

Clog-Free Gutters

The Exterior Solutions Gutter System can prevent costly issues with your home’s gutters this fall and winter by preventing debris from piling up in the first place, thus also preventing ice dams as well as the formation of mold and mildew or the infestation of pests. Exterior Solutions Clog-Free Gutters are guaranteed to never pull away from your house thanks to a water-tight seal from the roofline down that has a high-back trough unique to this product line. The gutters keep downspouts clear to avoid water damage from the roofline to the foundation. Exterior Solutions gutters are chic and sleek with a crown molding look that enhances curb appeal. And best of all, with new gutters in the fall, you can say goodbye to ever having to climb a ladder again to clean out your gutters.


If you want the ease and convivence of clog-free gutters for your home, contact Gilkey Windows & Exteriors today. Request a consultation or stop by the showroom location near Lexington, Kentucky, to speak with their talented team of home-design experts about your gutters in the fall. Gilkey Windows & Exteriors serves the greater Lexington area and residents in central Kentucky.