How to avoid gutter ice

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Of course, summer rains are not the only culprit when it comes to overflowing gutters. Melting snow and ice can cause damage, too.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

Depending on exactly where you live in Northeast Ohio, your neighborhood received 10 to 13 inches of rainfall in July and August, making 2021 a wet summer. And in the gutter cleaning and covering business, when it rains, it pours.

“The phone has been ringing off the hook,” says Anthony Alberino, founder of The Gutter Boys. “When homeowners see water flowing over their gutters, they know it’s time to call us. And this year, we’ve seen a lot of overflowing gutters.”

Of course, summer rains are not the only culprit when it comes to overflowing gutters. Melting snow and ice can cause damage, too.

“In many years, the snow comes quickly, before homeowners have had a chance to clean their gutter of fall leaves,” Anthony says. “Once leaves are frozen in your gutters, they are virtually impossible to remove until spring. That means melting snow and ice can overflow, creating problems all winter long.”

Why Gutter Are So Important
“Overflowing gutters is one of the main causes of a wet basement,” Anthony says.

“So before you spend big money on basement waterproofing, give us a call. It could be an easy fix.”

The Top-Rated Gutter Cover
The Gutter Boys offers the top-rated cover system in the nation, and that’s not just Anthony’s opinion. NCR Consumer Advocacy Group—the nation’s largest publisher of independent third-party testing, ratings and reviews for the gutter cover and home improvement industry—has ranked Valor Gutter Guards number one in all categories it measures: value, effectiveness, industry reputation, strength, water throughput, durability and “overall.” And not only is The Gutter Boys the exclusive dealer for Valor in Northeast Ohio, they were the number one Valor dealer in the U.S. in 2020, installing more than 60 miles of the top-ranked product.

The Gutter Boys team—led by founder Anthony Alberino (center)—offers the nation’s top-ranked gutter cover, along with professional gutter cleaning and repair.

The advantages of the Valor Gutter Guard system include a high-flow, stainless steel micro-mesh that lets water in but keeps debris out. This effect is enhanced because the mesh features a raised S-curve that increases the surface area, allowing for the self-shedding of debris (see photo on this page). The system also features a fully-transferrable, lifetime warranty.

In addition to cleaning and covering gutters, The Gutter Boys also repairs them, including dented, broken or damaged gutters as well as hanging, fallen or missing downspouts. “With our component replacement system, we can replace just the damaged section without replacing the entire system,” Anthony explains.

And be sure to check out The Gutter Boys’ Google reviews. As of this writing, there were 533 of them with an average rating of 4.8 stars. And unlike some large companies that pay for reviews, every one of these is organic.

The Gutter Boys is headquartered at 1090 West Bagley Road, in Berea. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and are bonded and insured. Call 440-671-7657 to schedule a free on-site consultation and estimate, or visit for more information. They also offer 12 months same-as-cash financing.