Gearing Up For Fall Leaves

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gutter guard leaves-767515_1280-300x225 To be honest, whenever fall approached, the biggest concern on my mind was figuring out how best to keep the leaves off my lush, green lawn. But recently, I was introduced to the polymer qualities of K-guard gutter guards. I haven’t looked back ever since. And despite the fact that the Fall has me so busy with leaf racking duty, I’m just happy my gutters aren’t blocked at the start of summer. At K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, gearing up for fall leaves is like setting a cat among the pigeons: they just don’t stick around long enough to find out what will happen next.

Before and After

I don’t know about you, but when I look at deteriorated gutters from 10-20 years ago, they seem ornamental and lack any apparent usefulness. They’re prone to leaf clogging and rotting and, with the passage of time, hardly fulfill the purpose they were made for, which is to channel away rainwater. Before, steel was the purpose-built material for such sturdy and permanent structures. But today, a polymer is the safe middle ground: strong as steel and flexible enough for fatigue-free, lightweight structures. Not only do they literally go against the grain, but they also ensure that gutter maintenance becomes a thing of the past.

Are you a new homeowner looking to safeguard your immovable asset for future heirs, preferably your children? Are you worried that the current condition of your property may not last the test of time? Well, at K-guard you can do that, and more! Replacing downspouts and clogged gutters is something we take pride in, especially the fact that it will be the last time you ever need to do so.

Racking your front yard or backyard may be a natural consequence of leaves sliding gently off your advanced, polymer roof, but your compost will be better off for it. That way you can accumulate all that manure for the garden instead of for the gutter!

How To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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gutter guard shutterstock_129173594-300x200 You want your house to look great and impress the neighborhood, but you aren’t sure where to start. Luckily, it’s easier to accomplish than you may think. Here are some simple tips on how to increase your home’s curb appeal:

Well-Maintained Landscaping

The first area to focus on is the landscaping. Keep your lawn neat and well maintained in every season. Plant colorful flowers, trim bushes and shrubs, and fertilize your grass to keep it healthy and green. By spending just a few hours a week on yard work, you’ll have a great looking lawn and garden that will catch the attention of passersby.

Front Porch Charm

Take advantage of a front porch by adding charming decor. Choose color schemes to decorate for each season, adding pretty flowers in pots, a wreath for the front door, and some stylish seating. Be sure to keep your porch tidy and free of clutter to really maximize it’s usefulness and attractiveness. Regular scrubs of the front porch will keep it clean throughout the year. A warm, welcoming front porch will really step up the look of your house.

Stylish Window Treatments

Don’t overlook the importance of your front windows, both upstairs and downstairs. Draw attention to the main window on the ground floor with stylish window treatments and tasteful seasonal decor. There are many color palettes to choose from that can work well with both the interior and exterior of your home at the same time. Curtains and blinds are a subtle, yet important element of a home’s curb appeal.

Homeowners should always aim to keep their property looking great. You want your neighbors to be impressed, and you want to enjoy the beauty of your home’s exterior, too. Following these simple tips will help ensure that your house has curb appeal in every season.

Simplify Home Maintenance With Leaf-Free Gutters

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gutter guard leavesimg-300x206 Cleaning gutters is a home maintenance task that virtually all property owners complete on a regular basis. Many consumers are unaware, however, that this chore can be completed in a hassle-free manner, which ultimately saves both time and money for the homeowner.

Preventing Damage From Clogged Gutters

Traditional, open-top gutter systems allow twigs, pine needles, leaves and other debris to coagulate and subsequently create a clog in the system. Clogged gutters result in the backup of water. This water, in turn, eventually makes its way to undesirable locations, leading to damage in various areas of the home, including the roof, foundation, interior ceilings and wood siding.

An unobstructed water trough solves this problem and prevents such damage, as it allows water to flow away from the dwelling in a fast and unobstructed manner, while simultaneously preventing the buildup of debris within the system. This type of gutter is often referred to as a “leaf free gutter,” and K-Guard Gutters are one of the best options available in this category.

Advantages of K-Guard Gutters

K-Guard gutters were designed to prevent clogs and simplify cleaning for essentially any homeowner. With a five inch capacity, they easily outshine their competition and have become one of the most popular brands on today’s market. This is because this deep capacity provides a way for water to drain almost twice as fast as is seen with traditional gutters.

Additionally, the downspout of a K-Guard gutter is three quarters of an inch in width, which makes it easy for rain water to flow through the system, flushing out leaves and debris along the way. With this innovative system, the low-maintenance gutters remain cleaner for longer periods of time than their conventional counterparts. This ultimately means less aggravation for the homeowner. Any consumer whose goal is hassle-free home maintenance should consider investing in easy-to-clean, K-Guard leaf free gutters. Contact K-Guard today.

What You Can Do With Old Gutters

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gutter guard What-to-do-with-Old-Gutters-K-Guard-June-2017-300x161 It may not be top of mind for home improvement projects to tackle, but ensuring your gutters are in great shape is one of the most important. Installing a leaf removal system as part of your home exterior and landscaping plans this year is a smart way to take care of your property. Once you change out your gutters with new K-Guard gutters, here are a few ideas for what you can do with your old gutters:

Window Boxes

Transform your home’s curb appeal by re-purposing old gutters into attractive windowsill flower boxes. Simply cut the gutters carefully to the desired length to fit on your windowsill. Cap off the ends, drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and fill with potting soil and plants. If you aren’t happy with the color of the gutters, simply spray paint to suit your needs. It’s an easy, affordable way to beautify your home and recycle old gutters.

Organization and Storage

Make simple, effective organizers for your garage, basement, or shed by cutting long gutters into smaller sizes. Cap off the ends and then attach them to the wall or back of a door. You can safely store screws, nails, twine, small hand tools, and just about anything else that fits inside and isn’t too heavy. It’s a durable, affordable alternative to pricey storage units.

Make a magnet board

Use a mallet to flatten out a piece of galvanized steel gutter. Soften the edges so that they aren’t sharp and hazardous, then attach the sheet to the wall. Add a few magnets, and you have a quick and easy message board for important notes.

Before you toss old gutters into the recycling bin, try these easy and creative ideas. You’ll be able to usefully re-purpose them.

Tips For Unblocking Downspouts

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gutter guard shutterstock_431983048-300x200 Gutters play an essential role in protecting your roof from damage caused by water, moisture and debris. They do this by channeling water away from your home. However, it is an unfortunate fact that gutters and downspouts often become clogged with leaves, twigs and dirt, which may eventually cause damage. Below are some gutter tips you can follow when maintaining your gutters and downspouts this spring:

Clear Away Large Debris

The first task on your list should be to clear away large pieces of debris. Using plastic gloves, gather any leaves, twigs and piles of dirt you wish to discard and toss them into a small plastic bag.

Removing Stubborn Debris and Clogs

After all large pieces of debris are disposed of, you must then check for patches of decomposed leaves or dirt that may have compromised certain areas of the downspouts or gutters. A small putty knife it is a great tool to break up stubborn patches of debris. However, do not use the tool in a rough manner, as this may result in a damaged gutter.

To remove any remaining clogs, run water through gutters and downspouts with a garden hose and have someone check to see if the water is coming through freely on the other end. If the water is flowing through slowly and still contains some debris, keep the stream of water going until it runs clear.

Other Helpful Gutter Tips:

If the downspout of your system leads directly to the drain, you should first disconnect the two areas so that debris is not accidentally pushed into the drain and another problem created. When the system has been cleaned and unclogged, you should also tighten any loose nails and screws while you are still on the ladder, as this will save work later.

Virtually all homeowners want a safe and comfortable dwelling, and following the aforementioned gutter tips will help you jump start your spring home maintenance. Finally, if you suspect your home has a gutter or roof problem, contact a professional as soon as possible to inspect the area and offer an estimate.

Gutter Cleaning Tips For April 2017

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gutter guard shutterstock_162672428-300x200 As April arrives, it is time to begin your spring cleaning routine. Besides dusting your home’s interior, you should head outdoors for gutter cleaning. At this time of year, gutters are probably filled with debris from newly budded branches and old leaves and pine needles from winter storms. To avoid rain overflow, there are some gutter tips that will help to safely get ready for springtime.

1. Use the Correct Spring Nozzle

While gutter cleaning, it is best to use a spray nozzle with a pistol-grip handle, which can be easily hung on the front of the gutter while moving the ladder. It is advised to spray in the direction of the downspout so that small debris exits quickly.

2. Practice Ladder Safety

It is vital to use a sturdy aluminum ladder that can hold a large bucket for debris. A four-legged ladder is best for a ranch-style home, and an extension ladder should be used for a two-story residence. The bucket should be secured to the ladder with a lanyard as well.
3. Rake the Roof

The first step of gutter cleaning is raking the debris off your roof. If not, the next storm will wash the dirt down into your newly cleaned gutters, which can lead to clogs. Also, leaving debris on the roof can cause water damage around your chimney.

4. Wear Rubber Shoes

If you must walk on your roof, you should wear shoes with good treads. Rubber soles adhere well and will prevent slips. Since a roof may be wet in the morning, it is smart to begin cleaning when the sun is up and has dried the moisture.

5. Unblock Downspouts

It is essential to make sure your downspouts are completely clear. To unclog the pipe, it is wise to run water at full pressure and tap its side. If this is not successful, the downspout may need to be removed and flushed from the bottom. Remember to protect your eye from flying debris.

The above tips will help you get your gutters ready for springtime 2016. If you want this to be the last time you perform this task, consult with K-Guard. This company has a patented leaf-free gutter system that is durable and designed to cover the area so that gutters remain free of debris that causes blockages. With this type of system, you will never need to clean your gutters again.

Gutter Cleaning Tips For Springtime

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gutter guard 32046427_l-300x200 Most property owners realize that gutters provide protection from debris, leaves and dirt that would otherwise coagulate on the roof of the home. Nevertheless, some people fall into the trap of overlooking gutters until serious issues occur. Fortunately, installing guards and cleaning gutters on a regular basis are not difficult tasks. Below are some Springtime gutter tips to help you protect your home from moisture damage.

  1. Install Gutter GuardsWithout gutter guards a house is susceptible to various types of damage, some of which may be serious. Leaky roofs, rotting wood, seepage of water into the basement of the home, and even damage to the foundation are all possibilities if such guards are not used. The primary purpose of these devices are to prevent the aforementioned clogs from occurring in the first place. This allows the water to drain appropriately, which eliminates the need for frequent Springtime gutter replacement and helps to prevent damage to the home.
  2. Regular Gutter Maintenance. Using plastic gloves, you should remove all visible dirt, leaves, twigs and other debris that may have collected in the gutter during winter. If necessary, use a putty knife to remove stubborn areas of decomposed foliage, but use this tool gently to avoid damage. Next, thoroughly rinse the gutters with the garden hose to ensure any traces of dirt or leaves are removed. Springtime is also a good time to tighten loose screws or nails.

Additional Springtime Gutter Tips:

Checking the downspout for obstructions is a good idea as well, which is easily accomplished with a strong spray from a standard garden hose. If the downspout of your gutter system goes directly to the drain, disassemble this part before using the garden hose so that you do not accidentally force debris into the drain and ultimately create another problem. Finally, if you notice any roof problems or it appears that the time has come for new gutters, contact a professional to obtain a free quote for this project.

7 Winter Tips For Ladder Safety

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gutter guard shutterstock_215924530-300x200 Ladders are essential tools, but can quickly become hazardous if not appropriately used. Therefore, it is wise to learn about ladder safety when gathering winter tips this season.

Weather. Never ascend a ladder during snowy, rainy or windy conditions. This is because such weather provides an ideal environment for accidents and injuries.

Ladder Placement. Always secure your ladder on a firm surface. An unstable surface can lead to an imbalanced ladder and ultimately, an accident. Always test your ladder by putting your full weight on the bottom rung. If it shifts or moves, reposition it until it is stable.

Avoid Top Rungs. No matter what type of ladder you have, never step on the top rung, as doing so is unsafe. It is virtually impossible to balance on the top rung and your likelihood of falling is very high if you attempt this maneuver.

Keep Ladders Away From Doors. Never position a ladder in front of a closed door, even if you think no one is inside the home. If someone enters the home through another door and attempts to exit where a ladder is in use, a serious accident may occur.

Three Point of Contact Rule. Among one of the best winter tips regarding ladder safety is the “three point of contact rule.” This means that you should always have both legs and at least one arm in contact with the ladder when working, as well as keeping both hands on the rails when climbing or descending.

Weight Restrictions. Be aware of your ladder’s weight bearing capacity. If you find yourself with a model that is not sufficient for your weight, put off whatever task you were planning until an appropriate model is found.

Never Skip Steps. Finally, never skip or jump the last few steps when descending. Although the ground may seem close, this activity can easily result in a sprained ankle or other injury.

Although nothing can prevent every accident, following the aforementioned ladder safety tips will help you and members of your household to avoid accidents and have a safe and happy winter.

Making A Good First Impression As A K-Guard Dealer

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gutter guard dealerimg-300x247 In business, you only have that one initial opportunity to make a strong and positive impression on potential clients. As a KGuard dealer, it’s important that you present yourself properly at all times, since it also reflects directly on the company. Making the right impression can mean the difference between no sales at all, or a long term client that send other clients your way, too. Here are some tips for dealers on making a good first impression:

Demonstrate your Credibility. Credibility is so important in business, and it’s also a key factor for clients when they’re determining whether or not to use your services. Demonstrate that you know what your talking about by being knowledgeable about the products and services that you offer. Be ready to answer all of their questions regarding the gutter guards. You want potential clients to feel fully confident in not just the products, but in your knowledge about them, as well.

Appearance Matters. It takes just 30 seconds for us to judge someone based on their appearance. That’s why it’s critically important that dealers demonstrate their professionalism by dressing appropriately and maintaining good grooming habits. If you arrive to meet with a client looking disheveled, chances are good that you aren’t going to make a sale and earn their business. Always strive to look your best by selecting professional clothing and accessories.

Strive to be a Leader. Make it your goal to be a leader in the company and the industry. By making a good first impression and earning the business of many clients, you’ll be able to prove to yourself and others that credibility and a professional appearance truly count. Once you earn the business of one client, it can easily translate into referrals and future sales. Always strive to be the best dealer that you can be.

Tips For Choosing The Best Ladder

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gutter guard Screen-Shot-2016-11-07-at-4.02.34-PM-300x226 When you are cleaning your gutters, you will need a solid ladder to get the job done right. There are various pieces of equipment on the market, so it is important to know what to look for when purchasing this piece of equipment. Also, it is vital to learn ladder safety tips so that you avoid injuries.

Choosing the Best Ladder for Safety:

When you perform your seasonal gutter cleaning, you should use a ladder that is tall enough to reach your roof-line with ease. A multi-use ladder is quite versatile and usually reaches up to 15 feet in height. Unfortunately, this type of ladder is expensive and heavy. An extension ladder reaches heights over 17 feet, which means that it is a smart choice for a double-story home. Also, this kind of ladder is light and simple to set up.

Before making a decision, you should consider the ladder’s material. Aluminum ladders are the lightest, but they should never be used around electric wires. If your house’s gutters are near power lines, it is best to choose a fiberglass product.

Ladder Safety Tips:

When you are preparing to clean your gutters, you must follow some safety precautions. To begin, you must make sure that the ground is clear of water, oil, and other slippery substances. The ladder should always be placed on a level surface as well. This will keep you secure when you must reach out to your gutters.

For ultimate safety, you must use your ladder correctly. If you have a hinged ladder, it must be fully opened and locked into position. Also, you should always use care when climbing up and down. Both feet should be on the ladder at all times without making jerky movements.

To avoid the hassles and dangers of using a ladder to clean your gutters, you should consider a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System. This patented unit prevents leaves and debris from blocking your home’s gutters. This means that you never have to worry about climbing next to your roof again. For a free estimate, contact a local dealer today.