Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

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gutter guard house-2595330_960_720-300x200 When it is the holiday season, it is customary to think of hanging lights both inside and outside the home. Holiday lights make a statement of your happiness and cheer to bring in the festive season.

Where to Hang Holiday Lights

Holiday lights or outdoor lights can be strung up on trees, bushes and also along the roof of the home or over it.It can be most effective if you decide on a focal point for your hanging lights. They can be along the roof lines or eaves, around pillars, posts, or along deck railings, inside windows and planters and all along your driveway and pathways. Space your lights so that they are at least one and a half feet apart.

Safety First

Safety requires being given a lot of consideration when you are putting up outdoor lights, as electricity can be a killer if it is carelessly used. You also need to make sure that any particular circuit that you are using is not overloaded, as this can lead to blown fuses, that can leave your home in darkness. Use LED lights as these can save you money in electricity bills. You can have holiday lights of different colors, which go to make for a festive air, and if you can install a system where the lights are blinking, it can add to the beauty of your hanging lights.

Make sure that you use the right clips and other fasteners, especially when you are putting them up on a roof or the eaves. Do not use things like clothespins or staples and instead go in for light clips that will not add much to your budget. The wire used must be lengths that are not frayed or have breaks. This is especially important if you are reusing wires from the previous season’s lights. Take the right safety precautions when you are installing the hanging lights at heights, and make sure that you test all the lights before you put away all your gear.

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.