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Why Your Overflowing Gutter Is More Harmful Than It Seems

By | Gutter

At first glance, a gutter that has water flowing over the sides instead of through the downspout may not seem like a big deal. Sometimes, in a torrential downpour, overflow inevitable because the water is collecting in the gutters faster than it can get through the downspout.

Overflowing gutterIf you see overflowing water in your gutters on a consistent basis though, it’s probably time to identify the problem and enact a solution. After all, gutter systems are in place for a reason, and even though they may seem like a minor aspect of your whole home health, the amount of damage that can occur without proper drainage can be devastating.

Why Is My Gutter Overflowing?

It doesn’t take a home improvement professional to understand that the reason why water isn’t going out through a downspout is because there’s blockage. Probably 90 percent of gutter overflow is caused by leaves, whirlybirds, roofing granules, and other materials that create a roadblock to the drainage system.

It’s important to note that it’s not always debris that is causing your gutters to overflow. Gutters also need to have a slight pitch to them, roughly 1/2 inch for every 10 feet of length. Gutters that are leveled will overflow because the water isn’t forced anywhere, but it should also be noted that too much of a pitch isn’t good either. Not only are radically pitched gutters an eyesore, they’ll also force out water at a faster pace than the downspout can drain it, which also causes overflow.

Dangers of Overflowing Gutters on a Home’s Exterior

Some homeowners might think it’s not that big of a deal that their gutters are overflowing, because who cares if all the water doesn’t get into the drain, right? That sentiment is not true even one bit, because it’s where the water goes instead that can be very damaging.

Storms that bring rain also usually bring wind. The water that is overflowing over your gutters is then almost inevitably going to get blown into the most vulnerable spots on your exterior – around windows and doors.

Even before leaks around these areas start, the moisture exposure will start to rot the wood framing around the windows and doors, which is ultimately either going to lead to a costly replacement ($21,000 national average for the windows alone, according to a 2020 “Cost vs. Value” report published by Zonda) or air leaks that could drive up utility bills and cause early replacement of HVAC systems.

Even if there isn’t always wind blowing water toward windows and doors, soffit and fascia will almost always see some exposure. When soffit and fascia start to rot, there’s some risk of water trickling down interior walls, but you’ll almost assuredly see rodent and insect infestation.

Foundation and Basement Water Damage From Gutter Overflow

Believe it or not, the costliest damage from water flowing over your gutters isn’t necessarily in your windows, doors, or fascia – it’s to your foundation. When gutters are clean, pitched, and properly fastened, they collect water off the roof and disperse it safely away from the home, either out in the yard or the street.

When the rainwater doesn’t make it to the drain, it overflows all around the house, collecting near your foundation. When soil isn’t graded away from the house, that water will all run toward your house. Eventually the soil around your foundation will become soft and saturated, which will allow the concrete to shift and ultimately crack. Once those cracks form, it’s not long before all that water starts finding its way into your basement.

It’s pretty obvious how damaging water in the basement can be, especially in a finished space. Mold, mildew, bacteria, and even the potential for electrocution soon follow. That’s not even mentioning the costly foundation repairs that must be performed to prevent future floods.

Fixing Gutter Overflows

What can be so frustrating about the damages (and costs) that result from overflowing gutters is that they are so easily preventable. The #1 step a homeowner can do to prevent these issues is to simply clean the gutters. An annual cleaning in the spring should be the bare minimum, but it would greatly benefit your home to remove the leaves and other buildup before winter as well. Some people clean their gutters every three months based on their climate and the amount of foliage in the area.

Debris clogging isn’t the only issue that causes overflowing gutters, though. Gutters may need to have pitch adjusted from time to time, may need to be re-fastened/have fasteners reinstalled, or may require the damaged fascia that is the structural support replaced as well.

Perhaps the easiest way to prevent gutter overflow and also avoid the maintenance costs associated with having to hire a company to clean out the blockage is by installing gutter guards. These simple products attach overtop the gutters and allow water to enter while at the same time blocking leaves and debris from entering the gutter.

Gutter Overflow Summary

The good news is that the fixes for gutter overflows (in the early stages) are much more convenient and less costly compared to the damage that can result if left unchecked for years. Window replacement, foundation repairs, basement remodeling, siding replacement, etc. are much higher end projects than picking some leaves out of a downspout – something to consider.

6 Most Likely Causes of Water In Your Basement

By | Homeowners

When you’ve got water in your basement, the two likely sources are pipes or rain – that’s pretty obvious. Aside from figuring out the best way to clean up the water, it’s important to know how to prevent this mess from happening again.

In order to do preventative maintenance, you first need to find the source. Sometimes a pipe just breaks due to age and there’s nothing a homeowner can do to prevent that from happening. For most of the other causes though, there are fixes or at least ways to identify that a problem may be building. Here are some examples:

Window Well Leaks

A basement has windows to allow in light and air, and in some cases for emergency escape. These windows aren’t always completely above ground though, so a window well is needed to create a barrier between the window and the soil.

This window well can, unfortunately, absorb water during heavy rains or if there is drainage problems. The well is designed to be sturdy enough to hold the soil away, so of course that pushes the water towards the window. Gaps around the window will then start to leak.

Solution: Make sure windows are caulked and fix drainage problems around window well.

Soil Grading

Concrete is thick and durable, but cracks can also form because the Earth around your foundation is always shifting. The last thing you want to do is force rain water towards that foundation which is why soil needs to be graded away from the concrete.

Solution: Build up dirt around the foundation to slope away into the yard.

Clogged Gutters

A perfect gutter system collects rain water off slopes of the house, funnels that water to a downspout, and the downspout forces the water safely away from the foundation or to a drain that sends it to the street.

When leaves and other debris clog that water path in the gutters, the whole system is disrupted. This water then overflows the gutters and not only starts to rot the soffit, but also settles near the home’s foundation which can cause basement leaks.

Solution: Have a leaf guard installed so that debris can not build up in the gutters.

Cracks in Foundation Walls and Floor

Even if your gutters are cleaned and the soil graded away from the foundation, it’s still possible to get water in your basement if there are cracks in your foundation walls. This happens most often during extremely heavy downpours or with melting snow when the soil absorbs the water pushing that moisture closer and closer to the foundation. Something called Hydrostatic pressure means that water eventually needs somewhere to go, and the only spot left is in cracks in the foundation floors and walls.

Solution: Improving drainage will help, and putty will be needed to fill the cracks and make sure the basement is waterproof. It never hurts to call a professional in case the flaws are caused by structural issues.

Sump Pump and Drainage Issues

Many newer basements are designed to deal with at least some sort of water issues. There are drains in utility rooms and sump pumps that evacuate moisture out of the basement. Sometimes water in a basement is nearly inevitable either from rain/snow or condensation, but a sump pump helps to rid the space of that moisture to prevent mold growth and further damage.

Of course if there is water forming in the basement, a likely cause is that a drain and/or sump pump has failed. Drains can clog up anywhere from the source to the exit point, and sump pumps that are hard wired to the home’s electricity can get tripped at the breaker.

Solution: Have the drain ‘snaked’ to remove clogs. Check the sump pump breaker, install a battery backup, or have a professional inspect it to see if a replacement is needed.

Interior Pipe / Appliance Leaks

Many causes of water in the basement can be prevented. Whether it’s installing gutter guards, grading the soil away from the foundation every few years, or even just having the sump pump regularly inspected, there are great ways to avoid unwanted water.

When it comes to old pipes just breaking, there’s not much you can do. The same goes for a washing machine or dishwasher that malfunctions. You can prevent pipes from freezing by unhooking exterior garden hoses and running the water a bit in extreme cold, but sometimes accidents simply happen in a home.

Solution: Take proper precautions in cold weather. Inspect appliances and fittings regularly. Hope for good luck.

Water in Basement Summary

Having water infiltrate your basement is unfortunate, but especially if the proper methods weren’t taken to prevent this catastrophe. It’s better to spend a little time making sure the water won’t enter your property than a lot of time after the fact trying to clean it up.

How Gutters Can Protect Your Home

By | Gutter

One of the most important parts of your home is undoubtedly the roof because it keeps the water from pouring inside! But what happens to all of that water that runs off? If you don’t take steps to move it effectively and efficiently away from your home you could face serious damage, from cracked and shifting foundations to rotting soffits and sidings.

Gutters and Gable corner of homeThis is where gutters come in. By providing an efficient channel to move water away from your home, you can prevent significant damage.

There are many different kinds of gutters out there, with many different styles and construction, but not all are created equal. The K-Guard Gutter System is the industry leader when it comes to moving water away from your home.

How do rain gutters protect my home?

Every building requires gutter protection to make sure that excess rainwater is dealt with appropriately. Leaking water from gutters or overflowing gutters can cause damage to your home, so alongside the roof and well-fitting windows, gutters are a critical part of your home’s protection.

When the system is in proper working form, it maintains the structural integrity of your home. The rain gutters collect the runoff water and channels it safely and efficiently to the downspouts and out and away from your home.

The problem arises when the system isn’t properly maintained. If you have regular, open gutters, you can expect them to collect twigs, leaves, and other debris, which can lead to:

  • Rot developing around your soffit, fascia, and eaves.
  • Leaks appearing around doors and windows.
  • Water constantly seeping into the ground near your foundation, which will lead to basement flooding and cracks.
  • Insects, critters, pests, and mold finding the perfect habitat to thrive.
  • Dangerous conditions that you’ll face by climbing a ladder several times a year to keep them clean.

All of these issues can be avoided by installing the appropriate gutters, like the K-Guard Gutter System.

What are the benefits of installing gutter guards?

When you choose to install a gutter guard system like the K-Guard Gutter System you are adding an extra layer of protection to your home. They are designed to make sure that debris and litter don’t get into your gutters to start with.

Gutter guard systems also eliminate the need to conduct routine maintenance on your gutters. Not only does this save you time, but it helps to keep you safe. Think about it – gone is the need to climb a ladder perched precariously on your roof a couple of times a year just to keep your gutters clean!

With the right system, you’ll realize significant savings not only in the time you’ll save, but also by reducing your maintenance and repair costs. While the initial investment may be more than with a regular gutter system, the long term benefits are substantially more valuable.

Not to mention that gutter guards will protect your home from many dangers, including rust and corrosion, fire, insect infestation, and pests. The reduction in standing water takes away the prime ingredient for inviting insects and pests, and the lack of soggy and wet leaves lingering in your gutters will prevent rust and damage to your gutters and prevent rot on your roof.

Another significant benefit is that gutter guards help protect against the dangers of freezing water and ice dams. By making sure that water continues to flow freely without obstruction, you mitigate the damage that could be caused during freezing weather.

How do I know what kind of gutters will work best on my home?

The best thing you can do when it comes to knowing what kinds of gutters will work best on your home is to seek the advice of a pro. The expert technicians that provide K-Guard Gutter Systems will come out to you, conduct an evaluation of your home’s needs, and provide you with a free estimate on what it would take to install a worry-free gutter system.

The trick to navigating all of the many different gutter systems that are out there in the market is understanding that the personal touch and guarantee of a system like K-Guard will permanently remove thinking about your gutters from your list of home maintenance chores.

We continue to stand behind our products with a 100% guarantee, which is what makes us a market leader. We are so confident in our products that we’ll come out and repair them free of charge if you ever encounter a problem.

By installing the right gutter system on your home, you can take away one source of potential damage and danger, while freeing up the time you would normally have to spend maintaining them.

Give us a call today and learn more about how the K-Guard Gutter System can protect your home.

Seamless Gutters

By | Gutter

When you purchased your home, the chances are good that the thing furthest from your mind was the difference between regular and seamless gutters. That difference, however, can be critical in keeping the maintenance needed on your property to a minimum.

White gutters and blue sidingUnless you are the kind of person who enjoys spending time cleaning and maintaining gutters, installing seamless gutters, like the K-Guard Gutter System, allows you to spend more time enjoying your home and less time taking care of it.

Why not spend less time on ladders, and more time relaxing? Learn more about how the K-Guard Gutter System helps you with this goal.

Why are seamless gutter systems better than “seamed” gutters?

The most commonly installed gutter in the United States is the regular, seamed gutter. This is the case because they are inexpensive and easy to install as a do-it-yourself project. Also known as sectional gutters, seamed gutters are installed around the roofline by attaching small sections of gutters that are joined at the seams, hence the name “seamed” gutters.

Though this may be the cheapest and easiest solution, it can cause significant problems down the road. The seams where the gutter sections are joined collect debris, which in turn cause clogs and water leakage.

Unless you clean them out on a very regular schedule, the gutters will fill up and cease performing their intended function, allowing water to pool and potentially cause significant damage to the roof and structure of your home. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, seamed gutters will cease providing any benefit at all.

When it comes to seamless gutters, you avoid this problem altogether. While they may be slightly more expensive, seamless gutters systems provide an exceptional level of protection, and the benefit of avoiding dangerous and frequent maintenance is worth well more than the added cost.

Put most simply, seamless gutters, like the K-Guard Gutter System, are installed in long runs that are fitted exactly to your home, minimizing the chances of leakage caused by seams and requiring no maintenance for upkeep.

How do seamless gutters provide benefit to my home?

Prevent accumulation
Not only do seamless gutters prevent the accumulation of debris in your gutters, but they also stop the nesting of small inhabitants and other unwanted guests. This means you can completely ignore them, and they’ll keep doing their job year after year!

A perfect fit
Another benefit is that they are custom-fit for your property. Since they are created and installed by pros onsite, measurements are exact and a perfect fit for your home no matter how unique your roof-line may be. By providing an exact fit, the gutters perform their function optimally, moving unwanted water away from your home without the need for regular maintenance.

Say goodbye to leaks
As mentioned above, seamless gutters also mean fewer leaks. Since there aren’t any joints that can come loose, there is no need to worry about leaks. It also means less clogging since the main cause of clogs is when leaves, twigs, and other debris becomes snagged by seams and cause a build-up.

These clogs are the primary cause of blockages that prevent the gutters from moving the water away from your home. They are also the primary cause of gutter-related damage to your property.

Without the worry of unwanted clogs, you’ll have less need for upkeep. You can rest assured that your gutters are working right season after season, year after year.

Why should I consider installing K-Guard seamless gutter guards?

While there are many different seamless gutter guards out there on the market, K-Guard Gutter Systems offer significant benefits. Others can be very basic, often without hoods and only available in limited colors or materials.

The whole package
K-Guard, on the other hand, gives you the complete package needed to provide complete coverage. They are designed and constructed as a single, complete system, rather than attaching to existing gutters.

Every piece is custom-formed to provide unbeatable performance and optimal quality. Not only that, they come in a wide variety of colors guaranteed to match your home!

Professional installation
Finally, K-Guard Gutters are only installed by professional contractors who are part of the K-Guard team. You can rest assured that your seamless gutters will last for years, minimizing the chance of having to request a repair. With a well-deserved reputation for quality and excellence in gutters since 1998, you can trust that your property is in the best of hands.

How do I make sure I have the best seamless gutters installed on my home?

The goal of K-Guard Gutters is to bring you back to that state of bliss you felt when you purchased your home, that time before you even considered the importance of seamless gutters.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. A K-Guard pro will come out and give you a free estimate, laying out a plan to install the last gutters you’ll ever need to worry about again!

Top 3 Benefits Of Gutter Guards

By | Gutter Maintenance

One of the best and easiest investments you can make in your home is to install an efficient and functional gutter system that is designed specifically to divert water away from your home’s foundation.

House Gable Gutters, which attach to the roofline of your home, are usually made of aluminum, stainless steel, or vinyl and are the key component in catching the excess rainwater and other moisture that collects on your roof. Water must be able to get into the gutter so that it can be properly diverted to downspouts and then away from your home.

As every homeowner knows, keeping your gutters clear of debris is one of the most challenging maintenance tasks. Not only do you have to perch precariously on a ladder, but you also have to scoop out the goop and other things that have been collected in the gutters.

The good news is that you can add the benefits of a gutter system to change the maintenance equation and keep you off those ladders for good! The K-Guard Gutter System requires zero maintenance after installation.

This means that you can rest assured that all unwanted water is being moved effectively away from your home without the worry and muss-and-fuss of climbing to your roof a couple of times a year to clean them out!

Give us a call today to have an expert technician assess your home’s gutter system and show you how the K-Guard Gutter System is right for you. One of our experts will come out and give you a demonstration of how our gutter system will help keep your home safe.

What are the top three benefits of having gutter guards?

Gutter guards, like the K-Guard Gutter System, are specifically designed to keep organic litter and debris from getting into the gutters from the start. If they aren’t in the gutters, there’s no way they can then flow into your downspouts to cause clogs.

Save Time and Money
The first key benefit of installing gutter guards on your home is that they will save you time and money. By preventing debris from collecting in your gutters and clogging up the works, they ensure that the damage caused by water overflows is prevented.

They also eliminate the need for routine maintenance. This not only saves you time but helps keep you safe. Imagine not having to climb the ladder to your roof a couple of times a year to keep the gutters clean! You’ll see significant savings in not only repair and maintenance costs, but also in the time you’ll save by not having to worry about your gutters.

Protect Your Home
Second, gutter guards help to protect your home from several dangers, including mice and insect infestations, rust and corrosion, and even fire.

Since there is less stagnant water sitting in your gutters, as well as no debris that is inviting for mice nests, installing gutter guards will provide an extra layer of protection against unwanted pest infestation. Along the same lines, by keeping wet and soggy leaves out of your gutters, you have a far less chance of rust, corrosion, and rot occurring on your roof.

By keeping your gutters clear of debris, you also protect against fire along your roofline. Without tinder that can ignite in your gutters, you can rest assured that your gutter guards are adding a layer of protection to your home.

Gutter Guards Prevent Damage from Ice
Finally, gutter guards protect against and help alleviate the danger of ice dams and freezing water. When rainwater gets trapped in gutters as a result of blockages and clogs, the frost and freezing temperatures of winter will create ice dams. Ice dams not only block your gutters, preventing fresh rainwater from flowing freely, they also can expand and cause damage to your gutter and roof.

Gutter guards can help to prevent the accumulation of debris, which eliminates the possibility of ice dams. By making sure that rainwater is diverted away from the home, you won’t have to worry about the rot and damage that could be caused by freezing water and ice dams.

What do I need to do to have gutter guards installed on my home?

The expert technicians that install K-Guard Gutter Systems are here to help! Give us a call, and we’ll come out, provide a free assessment, and recommend how the K-Guard Gutter System can be easily and cost-effectively installed on your home.

While there a several different gutter systems out there in the market, we know that once you’ve seen K-Guard gutters in action you’ll know why we are the market leaders. We stand behind our products with a 100% guarantee. Plus, if there is ever a need for repair, we’ll come out and take care of it at no charge.

You’ve worked hard to keep your property safe and increase its value. Installing a gutter system is one of the best investments you can make!

Join the K-Guard Dealer Team

By | General

There’s no denying it – the K-Guard Leaf-free Gutter Guard is the best gutter system available in the market today. We know the competition is tough, but we also know that the K-Guard Gutter System is tougher and that the competitors out there just don’t measure up.

HandshakeOur team of dealers is also the best in the market. After all, with a product like this, the job is almost done for you. Easy to market, easy to sell, easy to install.

Give us a call today to see how you can join our dealer team.

What makes the K-Guard Gutter System unique?

First of all, K-Guard is a U.S. company based in Westerville, Ohio. We manufacture the entire gutter system for homeowners and have partnerships with retailers and dealers across the country to make the K-Guard Gutter System available to customers. We also offer after-sales services such as installation and maintenance.

We’ve worked hard to build our reputation and our brand, ensuring that all of our products are manufactured to the highest standards and highest quality. The K-Guard Gutter system is the most durable and customizable system available.

We know that customer satisfaction is key, and that shows in our interactions with both dealers and directly with customers. The overarching goal is to give you the tools that you need to succeed in your region, making the K-Guard Gutter System available to homeowners nationwide.

What is required to join the K-Guard dealer team?

Since your success is our success, we’ve developed prequalification guidelines that will help define dealers with whom we can partner. Our requirements include:

  • Proof of an already established sales and marketing channel: It is best for all involved if our dealers already have a well-established marketing and sales structure that will position the K-Guard Gutter System well in the market. An existing channel also indicates that our dealers have insight into how best to market to their region.
  • A team of at least two salespeople: To properly market the K-Guard system, we require our dealers to commit two team members to the product line. Starting with two, we know that you’ll be able to build your dealership, create even more jobs on your team, and expand your profits.
  • Proof of advertising and marketing experience with different media channels: It’s common sense that marketing and advertising is one of the most important factors in driving our dealers’ sales. Knowing this, our dealers must demonstrate the capacity to properly market their services. We provide the needed support and have worked hard to build our online presence so that the K-Guard Gutter System has credibility in the marketplace. We provide ongoing resources to help you grow in your region.
  • You must be a reputable, customer-focused company: Our brand identity is built on customer service and quality products. Our dealers must hold the same values so that the customer receives the same quality product and amazing service every time. Our dealers are a clear reflection of our dedication to quality and core values.

What are the benefits of joining the K-Guard dealer team?

We understand full well that our partnerships with our dealer team are a two-way street. It is our overarching goal to provide our dealers with the tools they need to succeed.

Some of the tools and benefits we provide our dealer team include access to technical support on installation and handling, marketing resources from our company, clear identification with a reputable brand, assistance in creating a niche market in your region, and access to our award-winning customer care services.

Since our most important priority is to provide a great product and exceptional customer services, we believe it is critical to make sure that our dealer team is set up for success. We understand that you will be the local face of the brand, so make sure that you have everything you need from us to succeed.

By helping you create your own market space in your area, we not only expand our own brand recognition but help you grow as well! You have our guarantee that we will not partner with another dealer in your area, so you will have an exclusive territory to market the K-Guard Gutter System. The K-Guard Gutter System will not only broaden your product line but will also deepen your bottom line.

We view our dealer team as an integral part of our brand. Since the success of our partners is reflected on us, we make it our goal to provide you all of the tools you need.

I want to join the K-Guard dealer team, how do I get started?

Ready to join an exciting team, earn more profits, and get connected with the most reputable brand in the market? Learn more about how to apply on our website. We look forward to speaking with you, and we look forward to having you be part of the team!

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.

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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!