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Live A Leaf-free Life With Our Lifetime Clog-free Warranty

By | General

The absolute last thing any homeowner wants to care about is how well their gutters are working. Even more, nobody likes getting out the ladder a couple of times a year to get up on the roof to clean debris and leaf clogs out of the gutters.

leaves in a gutterImagine a world where you never have to think about your gutters again. The good news is that such a world already exists! The K-Guard Gutter System requires no maintenance, no more ladders to the roof, and no more scraping goop and clogs out of your gutters.

Not only that, they come with a lifetime clog-free warranty. You read that right – the K-Guard Gutter System is so effective that it comes with a lifetime promise that it will never clog! There is no other gutter system on the market today that can not only make such a claim but also back it up in writing.

Can I really live life clog-free?

The short answer is yes! As long as there is no external damage to K-Guard gutters and downspouts, they will function perfectly year after year. If for some reason they actually do clog, one of our technicians will come out to your home right away and clean them out at absolutely no cost to you, no matter how long you own your home.

Think about it. You’ll never have to climb your ladder to clean out your gutters again! All you have to do is give us a call. One of our professional technicians will come out and give you a free estimate. Then, all that’s left is for our team of professional installers to come out and install the best investment in your home that you’ll ever make.

How does the K-Guard Gutter System work?

K-Guard gutters are the best solution to an age-old problem. When leaves and other debris are blowing around, they need a place to land. Unfortunately for homeowners, where they land most often is in the gutters, where they become collecting places for even more leaves and debris. Soon, the leaves and debris create clogs, which causes the gutters and downspouts to get backed up. These backups mean that the water that is supposed to be moved away from your home instead overflows, seeps into your roof, and can cause significant damage.

The K-Guard Gutter System prevents water overflow by preventing leaves, sticks, debris, and other airborne objects from ever getting into the gutters to start with. The sophisticated covers create a barrier that allows rainwater to flow in and be safely moved from the home while preventing leaves from ever getting in.

The system consists of two main parts, the hood, and the gutter. A narrow gap between the two allows the water to pass through and keep the clogs out. No leaves in the gutter mean no clogs in the gutter, which means no need for ladders to climb up and clean the gutters!

What about the gutters themselves, are they included in the warranty?

They are. If there are any defects in the installation or materials, we’ll come out and fix them right away, free of charge. Our exclusive Finish Guard Paint Finish will not chip, flake, or peel due to a manufacturing defect. If a problem develops, we’ll come out and refinish or replace them as long as they aren’t externally damaged for the lifetime of your home!

Is it possible to live a leaf free life with the K-Guard Gutter System?

It sure is. All you have to do is give us a call. You love your yard, your house, and your trees, but you hate dealing with leaves and clogs in your gutters. Our lifetime clog-free warranty means you can have all the pleasure that comes with having beautiful trees on your property without the worry of gutter clogs.

The K-Guard Gutter System gutters consist of the hood, gutter, and downspouts, the entire system needed to safely remove rainwater from your home. They are made from heavy-duty aluminum that won’t corrode, able to withstand virtually any weather condition.

Not only that, they will save you money too! Without K-Guard gutters, you may manage to avoid climbing the ladders yourself by hiring someone to clean them regularly for you. But keep in mind that the average cost of hiring professionals to clean your gutters is just under $200 a year. Since most experts recommend a cleaning at least three times a year, that means you could be shelling out $600 a year just to have your gutters cleaned!

Why not avoid both the hassle and expense? With K-Guard gutters, you can enjoy your home the way it was meant to be enjoyed, a leaf free, clog-free life! Contact us now to learn more about the K-Guard Gutter System, get an estimate, and start enjoying a life free of clogs and ladders.

Wipe your hands clean of cleaning your gutters

By | General

Cleaning the gutters is one of those tasks that homeowners face every year. And let’s be honest, nobody likes climbing rickety ladders to scoop goop out of gutters, so it’s a task that is often put off until it can start to cause serious damage to your roof and walls, not to mention being very unsightly!

Man with glove clearing debris out of gutterThere are solutions out there that can eliminate the need for regular cleaning and unclogging! Scaling ladders to clean outdated gutters is a thing of the past with the development of improved leaf guard systems.

Savvy homeowners know that the value of their property is only as good as the strength of its foundation, and a good gutter system that efficiently and effectively moves unwanted rainwater away from the property prevents leakages, damaging debris, and rot from causing unwarranted damage to your home.

If your home is still sporting open-topped gutters, you are stuck climbing those ladders and risking unnecessary water damage. You should contact a gutter specialist, like K-Guard, right away to see how new leaf guard systems like the K-Guard Gutter Guard system can not only make your life easier but increase the value of your property as well.

How exactly do leaf guards work?

A critical component of an effective gutter system, leaf guards help to prevent airborne debris from creating blockages in your gutters. Some come as separate guards that are meant to be fastened to the top of existing gutters, while others are designed to replace your gutters entirely as a custom set. The K-Guard Gutter Guard System incorporates a helmet-type leaf guard secured on top of a 5-inch gutter, replacing your existing gutters with a complete solution that moves unwanted water away from your home efficiently.

The two most common types of leaf guards are gutter screens and gutter covers. Gutter screens are usually made out of wire mesh, foam, or nylon, while gutter covers can be made out of many different materials, including plastic, aluminum, and copper. Gutter covers tend to look better and are longer-lasting and are generally more effective at allowing water to flow through while limiting or even eliminating the amount of debris that gets trapped in your gutters.

Not only do leaf guards help you reduce the need for regular maintenance, but they also have a positive effect on the curb appeal of your home and increase its value.

How do I choose which gutter guards are the best for my property?

There are certainly many different kinds of gutter guards on the market right now. Finding the perfect solution for your home can be difficult, and with so many options out there, many homeowners ask which is the best solution for their home.

The easiest and quickest option is to install leaf guards that affix on top of your existing gutters. While this may give your home some temporary protection, assuming there aren’t any issues with your existing gutters, they are often poorly fit and will only be effective for a season or two, putting you back on that ladder!

Most experts agree that it’s best to start from scratch and invest in an integrated gutter and gutter guard system. A solution like the K-Guard Gutter Guard system is fully integrated and specifically engineered to effectively and efficiently move unwanted rainwater away from your property.

Constructed out of heavy-duty aluminum and specially designed high-strength hangers, once installed, you won’t have to worry about your gutters for years. Imagine never having to climb your rickety ladder to the roof again! They don’t sag or corrode, and their effective technology will keep your gutters free of clogs while protecting against wind, heavy rain, and even ice.

They even give you a bigger capacity, since they are a full inch wider than more traditional gutters. This means that your gutters and downspouts are far more effective at letting the water flow from your roof. They are available in multiple colors, and their curved appearance will allow them to blend into your roofline, creating a far more pleasing look than traditional gutters.

What is the best way to install leaf guards safely?

Since the whole point of installing a maintenance-free gutter system on your home is to avoid having to climb unsafe ladders, it’s likewise the best idea to have a licensed, reputable gutter guard company do the job for you. A technician will come out to your home, analyze your needs, and present an estimate that includes all materials, time, labor, and any specialized equipment needed for the installation. These highly trained professionals can knock out the job safely and efficiently in no time at all.

An added benefit is that if you choose a system like the K-Guard Gutter Guard system, that might just be the last time you’ll need a visit from a gutter professional! Due to their effective design and high-quality construction, you may never need for professional gutter cleaning again.

Contact us today, and we’ll link you up with a professional gutter specialist to help you make cleaning your gutters a distant memory.

Rotted Soffits? Not on our watch.

By | General

While most homeowners are keenly aware of basic structures like trusses and beams when it comes to their roof, many don’t realize the importance of soffits and fascia boards. Soffits and fascia boards are the materials that are used to seal up the edges of the roof and finish out the spaces where the rafter tails are exposed to the open air. Fascia boards are the ones that run horizontally around the roof’s edge under the shingles. These are best protected by a gutter system like K-Guard Gutter Guards.

Soffits and fascia boardsSoffits, meanwhile, are the boards that are tucked under the overhang of the roof, covering the rafter tails. If they become damaged via rot or other causes, they can severely threaten the structure of the roof, leading to instability in the entire structure.

We are here to help! Give us a call today to see how the K-guard Gutter System can help protect your soffits from rot.

What exactly do soffits do?

It’s easy to overlook the role of soffits, assuming they are just there to give your home a neat and finished look. The truth is, however, that they serve very important structural roles as well. Protecting your roof and attic spaces from water is one of their primary roles. The quantity of water that is carried upward in a windy storm can be surprising. Soffits also prevent humid air from gaining direct access to your roof edge and rafters, saving them from rot.

Also, soffits provide structural support, joining the edges of rafters together, and help with energy efficiency, providing an enclosed, insulated space in your attic that helps control your utility costs. Another important role they play is in keeping out unwanted pests and rodents. No one wants critters crawling around in their attic! Soffits help to seal off access to these unwanted visitors.

How do soffits get damaged?

Since one of their main functions is to protect your roof and attic from rain and sun, you need to take proactive steps to protect them. This includes installing a K-Guard Gutter System to make sure that water is effectively and efficiently moved away from your roof and property.
Some warning signs could alert you that your soffits may be in danger of rot or other damage.

Flaking paint or cracks. Finding flaking paint or cracks is one of the easiest ways to tell that water has intruded underneath the protective coating on your soffits. If you notice damage like this, it’s a sure bet that the soffit underneath has been damaged. We highly recommend that you consult a professional to find the source of the leak and create a mitigation plan.

Evidence of pests. One of the worst nightmares of a homeowner is when you hear the telltale scratching of critters in your attic or find the debris and droppings these unwanted guests leave behind. Both bugs and rodents are capable of causing severe damage to your attic and roof, and their presence could mean that the soffit has developed gaps and is no longer sealing off your attic spaces appropriately.

Asbestos. Particularly in older homes, if you notice damage to your soffits, you’ll want to make sure that the rotting and deteriorating materials don’t contain asbestos. Older homes often included materials that were manufactured using asbestos in the construction of their soffits, so you’ll want to be sure to have that checked.

Pooling water. There can be a no more obvious sign of trouble than the discovery of pooling water in your roof void. If left unnoticed, water can quickly cause significant damage to your roof. This could lead to costly repairs to mitigate the effects of rot, mold, or structural damage. We highly recommend that you check your soffits and other roof structures regularly for signs of water damage. If caught early, you can avoid expensive repairs down the road.

Poor ventilation. Since one of the primary reasons to install soffits in your home is to control the flow of air and manage ventilation in your attic, noticing poor or little ventilation is a sure sign that the soffits aren’t functioning as intended. If they are damaged or blocked, moisture and humidity can quickly cause rot, not only in your soffits but in other parts of your attic and roof structure as well.

How can I prevent rot and other damage to my soffits?

The best thing that you can do to prevent damage to your soffits is to make sure that rainwater is effectively and efficiently moved off of your roof and away from your property.

When you call a K-Guard Gutter Systems expert, they will perform a thorough evaluation of your roof structures, including your soffit. There may be specific areas that need more attention, and we’ll work hard to make sure that your roof and soffits are functioning perfectly as they should. We’ll give you peace of mind knowing that your property is protected, providing you with a safe and healthy home!

Contact us today to learn more about the K-Guard Gutter System.

Should you have an underground water drain?

By | General

While having the appropriate gutters is essential to making sure that water flows away from your home, where it ends up once it leaves the gutters can be just as important. Installing a K-Guard Gutter System on your home is the first step you should take to protect your property.

Once you’ve taken the right steps to keep rainwater from penetrating your home, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to move the excess water off your property altogether. Drainage problems can lead to severe issues, including foundation problems, wet basements, and the growth of mold and mildew.

Underground water drainGood drainage is essential to ensure that your house remains dry and mold-free. Not only does it increase your property value by making sure that your foundation and basement remain dry and stable, it also helps create an outdoor space that you can enjoy throughout the year.

How do I know if I have a drainage problem?

Pooling water on parts of your yard is the most obvious sign of trouble, but there can be other, much more subtle signs of trouble. Keeping an eye out for these tell-tale signs could alert you to the need for a drainage solution:

  • Drifting mulch
  • Soggy ground
  • Flaking paint or bubbles in your basement walls
  • Pooling water in your basement
  • Mildew smells
  • Mold

What can cause water drainage problems?

There may be several reasons that you could experience water drainage problems. Often the biggest culprit is ineffective grading of the yard. Grading is a technique used in landscaping that creates a gentle slope to the yard, moving away from your home. In many cases, the grading is so slight that you won’t even notice. During heavy rains, even a slight grade can help move excess water away from your house, preventing pooling and water penetration of your foundations.

Grading isn’t always possible, however, and you may need to install French drains or other solutions. French drains are essentially shallow trenches dug and then filled with gravel that channel excess water in the desired direction.

Also, don’t forget to check your driveway. An improper slope on your driveway could cause water to pool directly next to your home instead of moving it away! Making sure that water doesn’t pool on your property, especially near your foundation, is critical in preventing structural problems from developing.

How does proper drainage work?

Your K-Guard Gutter System specialist will help you create a drainage plan that not only keeps your house dry, but moves water away from your property. Contact us today to learn more about the K-Guard Gutter System.

Since the majority of us aren’t lucky enough to have a perfectly graded property from the start, your drainage plan will likely include the need for an underground water drain.

Your K-Guard specialist will help you assess your property, paying particular attention to the grade, slopes, low lying areas, and surrounding properties. The appropriate grading for the yard or trench is about an inch of downslope for every eight feet in the direction you want the water to flow. It’s best to divert the excess water to a drainage ditch, storm drain, the street, or even a dry well.

What are the pros and cons of installing an underground water drain?

Whenever you’re talking about managing excess water on your property, the pros inevitably outweigh the cons.

Some of the cons include the difficulty of installation and continued maintenance. Installing underground water drains requires a good deal of planning, making sure that you don’t interfere with underground utilities like gas, water, and electric lines. The construction itself can be disruptive, requiring excavation, even temporarily needing to move patio pavers. Once installed, you’ll need to make sure that they don’t get clogged with debris or mud, keeping them clear so they can do their job.

The pros, on the other hand, will make your property more valuable and much more usable! Some of the many pros include:

  • Efficient drainage – in conjunction with proper grading, underground water drains are extremely efficient at managing excess water on your property.
  • Affordability – underground water drains are surprisingly affordable, especially compared to other alternatives like basement waterproofing.
  • Transforming – underground water drains can quickly transform your property, increasing its value and making your space more usable and enjoyable.
  • Pro-active – Making sure that you properly manage water on your property starts with installing a K-Guard Gutter System on your home, moving the water away from your property, preventing potential foundation water damage, and other problems down the road.

A comprehensive water management system on your property is critical in helping you increase your property value and in maintaining a healthy and safe home for your family.

How can I get started?

Contact us today to learn more about the K-guard Gutter System and how our specialists can help you create a comprehensive plan to manage water on your property!

Say “Goodbye” To Leaking Gutters

By | General

Among the biggest benefits of installing a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System is its ability to withstand leaking. This one K-Guard advantage can save you thousands by not having to repair water damage to your home and hours of worrying about whether your gutters will hold-up.

Rain dripping down gutter seamsBecause of their revolutionary design, each K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System has fewer joints than seamed models. This seemingly simple design feature makes gutter leaks far less likely for K-Guard gutter systems.

Why Do Other Gutter Models Tend to Leak so Much?

  • Fewer points of entry. Unlike the K-Guard gutter system, most other gutters have numerous joints and points of entry for practically anything to penetrate. K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter Systems have much fewer joints.
  • K-Guard is not attached to your shingles. Most gutter systems are attached directly to your home’s shingles, which can easily weaken their integrity. K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter Systems are attached to the fascia board or rafters of your home. These sturdy anchor points ensure your K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System is secured snugly to your home but presents no risk of damage to the structure itself.
  • Less clogging. Most gutter systems become easily clogged with leaves and other debris. This added weight weakens the gutters, makes them bow, and becomes easier to leak in various spaces at the same time. K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter Systems are designed with only a small opening between the gutter and the hood portion. Only water is able to get through to the gutter, where it’s then channeled to the downspouts and away from the foundation of your home.
  • The pitch is true. If your regular gutter system isn’t installed as it should, its pitch will be off. This makes it easier for water to pool in a central area of the gutter, weighing it down and preventing the water from being channeled to the downspouts. Each K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System is installed to precise requirements. This means your K-Guard’s gutter pitch is true and level. As a result, rainwater is easily channeled to the downspouts.

How Much Damage Can Really Be Done If My Gutters Are Leaking?

Plenty! If your gutters are leaking and you don’t either fix them or switch to K-Guard, you’re risking significant damage to your home.

Here are some of the most commonly reported home damage reports caused by leaking gutters.

  • A weakening of your home’s foundation as the leaked water pounds down from the gutters directly to the base of your home.
  • Erosion of the soil surrounding your home because the water has not been channeled to the downspouts. As the soil around your home erodes, the foundation itself is also easily compromised.
  • Significant staining of the siding and concrete around your home caused by the pooling water.
  • Damage to your landscaping. If water is not sent through the downspouts and away from key areas of your yard, huge sections of it can be flooded and significantly damaged…perhaps permanently.
  • Mosquito infestations. Nothing is more inviting to these pesky pests than a standing pool of water. If your gutters aren’t allowing rainwater to flow through them, your gutters may become a literal breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.

How Can I Tell If My Gutters Are Leaking?

There are several effective ways for checking on the health of your gutter system.

  • A visual inspection. Take a walk around your home, and make note of water falling from an area of your roofline that should not have water dripping from it. This is a classic sign that your gutters are filled and clogged…and weakened.
  • See how the water flows. Make sure you clean your gutters of any debris and clutter. Then, safely climb a ladder and place a garden hose in the gutter. After safely climbing down, turn the water on for the hose and see if you notice any water leaking out from the gutters.

K-Guard pro tip: with a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, you’ll no longer need your ladder to check on your closed gutter system.

If you’ve had to repair your gutter for leaks numerous times, it’s probably the right time to change over to a K-Guard K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System.

Beyond the minimal risks of leaking, you’ll have far less maintenance with your K-Guard system. In fact, there’s no maintenance required at all by you once your K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System has been installed…this also means there’s no more regular gutter cleaning to worry about.

In addition to protecting your home from water damage, a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System will be visually appealing as well. With a smooth finish like crown molding and a wide variety of available colors, your new gutter system will have a more uniform appearance. Other gutter systems tend to look clunky and out of place.

We’d love to talk with you about our K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System. In fact, we encourage you to take advantage of our free estimate offer by contacting your nearest K-Guard dealer. You can also get in touch through our online contact form or by calling us at (614) 964-5644.

Spring Showers Won’t Bring Water Damage with Our Seamless Gutter System.

By | Gutter

The phrase “saving for a rainy day” was obviously coined by someone who knew the expenses associated with the fixing of home drainage problems.Rain dripping down seamless gutter system

With spring showers in the forecast, it’s especially important to understand the connection between overflowing gutters and downspouts with damage to your home.

With a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System installed on your home, though, spring showers will be just one less thing to worry about.

How can overflowing gutters damage my home?

Even though overflowing gutters may not catch your immediate attention – they should. Frankly, the damage potentially being done to your home should cause alarm bells to ring.

Beyond the initial discoloration, rot, and warping of your gutters and roofline, the spillover rainwater will find its way to your home’s foundation. This is where the real damage begins. As it overflows the soil, a shift can be created around your foundation, opening the floodgates to cracks and instability. 

Costs associated with fixing water damage from overflowing gutters can easily run into thousands of dollars – and that’s figuring conservatively. 

What can cause my gutter system to overflow?

Several factors can cause water from spring showers to overpower your gutter system.

Debris build-up in the gutters and downspouts. This can include everything from leaves and broken tree limbs, to granules from the shingles and debris carried by the wind. You’d be surprised at what can find its way into an uncovered gutter system.

The pitch and tilt of your gutter system is off. This occurs more frequently than you may imagine. If your gutter system isn’t installed correctly, water from heavy showers can gather in one spot, rather than being guided to a downspout for safe exit.

Your gutters simply aren’t big enough to handle the load. The power of rushing water is incredible. If your gutter systems are too small, the onslaught of water will simply gush right over it and mercilessly pound the ground soil as it finds its way to your home’s foundation. Once the foundation is compromised, water leaks begin to show in your home.

Beyond the damage to your home’s foundation, the overflow and pooling of rainwater can cause huge negative impacts to your landscaping, including trees, shrubbery and plants. They often simply cannot handle being literally drowned by torrential rainwater.

How can a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System stop my gutters from overflowing?

We’ve designed the K-Guard system for one purpose: to channel rainwater and debris away from your home’s foundation – it’s as simple as that.

  • No more leaves and other debris in your gutters. As you can see from reading the above information, a clogged or inefficient gutter system can wreak havoc on your home, which for most people is their largest investment. With a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, you’re protecting that investment.

With each K-Guard system, there’s a small opening between the gutter and the hood. This opening is so small, only water is permitted to pass through into the gutter, where it’s channeled to the downspouts. There’s simply no way possible for leaves, pine needles, shingle granules, etc. to find their way into your K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System.

  • K-Guard gutters can handle more rainwater. Even if a traditional gutter system is installed properly, most are only 3-4 inches wide. This makes it virtually impossible for them to handle a torrential rain from Mother Nature. 

Our K-Guard gutters, however, are 5-inches wide. Additionally, there are two ways for rainwater to flow into a K-Guard gutter, which is key to preventing windblown water from shooting back underneath your shingles. 

Additionally, we provide you with a 3-1/4-inch wide gutter bottom and 3×4-inch downspout. This enables a large amount of rainwater to flow seamlessly from your gutter system and safely away from your home’s foundation.

  • No repair costs or ongoing maintenance required from you. Because excessive rainwater is channeled away from the foundation of your home, you won’t have to worry about the potentially thousands of dollars in costs for structural repairs.

Also, you’ll no longer have a need to routinely clean your gutters of debris clogs. In fact, if your K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System does experience a clog – for any reason – the installer will clean and correct the problem absolutely free of charge. 

In addition to all the functionality provided by K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter Systems is the fact that they’re guaranteed to last, they’re designed to add aesthetic value, and they literally strengthen your house’s roof. 

To discover more about how a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System can save you time and money while protecting your home investment, we’d like to offer you a free estimate from your closest K-Guard dealer. 

You can also get in touch by completing our online contact form or by calling (614) 568-7777.