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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.

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.