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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, 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.

Good 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.

Because 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.

Tips for Selling K-Guard Gutters to New Homeowners

By | General, Gutter, Tips

K-Guard gutters have finally solved an age-old problem: how do you keep leaves out of gutters? Cleaning out the gutters used to be an annual tradition (if not more frequently) for many homeowners. Now, however, homeowners can use patented K-Guard gutters that will prevent most leaves from getting in the gutter in the first place.

Our gutters are equipped with a hood system that will prevent most leaves from entering the gutter. This prevents jams and reduces the need to clean the gutters. K-Guard gutters are made of very high-quality aluminum and are designed to last for ages. In terms of quality and value, it’s hard to beat K-Guard.

Of course, some customers are going to have some questions and concerns. Let’s review some tips for selling gutters to potential customers.

Why Are K-Guard Gutters Better Than Traditional Gutters?

The first question a new homeowner will likely ask you is why they should bother with K-Guard gutters. Traditional gutters have been around for years, aren’t they good enough? The answer, quite simply, is no.

Once a traditional gutter is clogged with leaves, it may not be able to effectively drain water. Over time, poor drainage could result in damage to a homeowner’s property. Further, the leaves in the gutter will eventually rot, which can produce an awful stench.

Homeowners will either have to get the ladder out and clean the gutters themselves or hire someone to do it. Hiring someone can get quite expensive. Meanwhile, when homeowners clean gutters themselves, they are going to spend a lot of time carrying out an unpleasant task. Worse yet, there’s always the risk of a slip or fall.

Do K-Guard Gutters Actually Keep Leaves Out?

Yes. Our patented K-Guard gutters actually keep leaves out. Clogging and other issues rarely occur. K-Guard gutters use a specially designed system consisting of a hood, gutter, downspouts and the patented K-Guard hangers.

New homeowners don’t have to take our word for it. Hundreds of happy customers can testify that our K-Guard gutters work year in and year out. We recommend showing skeptical customers our product reviews. Often, other happy customers make the best salespeople.

Are K-Guard Gutters Only For New Homes?

No. While we recommend installing K-Guard gutters from the get-go, existing homes can be refitted with our system. K-Guard has helped both new and existing homeowners.

What If Customers Are Worried About Longevity?

Eventually, all gutters have to be replaced. However, homeowners can rest assured that K-Guard gutters will last a long time. First, we use a heavy-duty aluminum that will resist corrosion. Lesser gutter manufacturers use lesser aluminum that won’t hold up to the elements.

Second, our patented K-Guard Hangers are made out of durable, long-lasting all-weather polymers that can resist just about anything nature throws at them. These hangers can also support the weight of the entire system, ensuring that it retains its shape.

New homeowners will be adding value to their home by using high-quality, long-lasting K-Guard gutters. They’ll be able to rest easy, knowing that they likely won’t have to replace their gutters in the near future.

What if Customers Are Worried About the Aesthetics?

Many new homeowners rightly obsess over aesthetics. K-Guard gutters look a bit different from traditional gutters. If anything, however, they look better. For one, there won’t be rotting leaves hanging out of K-Guard gutters. Further, homeowners can select a wide range of colors. Also, K-Guard gutters can be fitted to just about any roof line.

What If Customers Want to Go With the Cheapest Option?

K-Guard gutters are a bit more expensive than the lowest cost gutters. However, the high-quality aluminum and patented K-Guard Hangers mean our gutters will last for years. Customers who buy cheap gutters may quickly find themselves having to uninstall and reinstall new gutters.

Then there are the cleaning costs. Unless the homeowner cleans their gutters themselves, they’re going to have to pay someone to do it. Cleaning gutters is no one’s idea of a dream job, so homeowners may have to pay quite a bit.

What If My Customers Want to Install Hood Systems on Their Existing Gutters?

Does your customer already have gutters installed? Some homeowners try to take a short-cut: they install hoods on existing gutter systems. Unfortunately, this often turns out poorly. Our 5-inch gutter system offers better drainage than the 3 and 4-inch gutters many people have. Further, the hoods rarely fit properly, leading to sub-optimal performance.

Not only that, but the hoods are often a different color than the gutters. This can lead to poor aesthetics. Ultimately, these ramshackle systems look clunky and out of place, something you’d never say about K-Guard gutters.

Do You Have Any Materials I Can Provide to Customers?

Yes! You can refer customers to Kguard.com where they can learn more about our patented system. Customers can also watch an explainer video that will outline our gutter system works. Further, we can sell you brochures and door hangers at cost. Just get in touch!

Why should you make Getting K-Guard Gutter System your New Year’s resolution?

By | General

A New Year’s resolution is a way to make a positive change. Finding the right resolution can be tricky. It needs to be achievable, financially sound, and contribute to your well-being. If you are looking for a resolution that will add value and safety to your life and home, upgrading to a K-Guard gutter system is a great place to start.

Upgrading to K-Guard is achievable because the gutter systems are versatile, and can be installed and customized for every home. These systems are a financially sound investment and can save you a lot of time and hours of manual labor for years to come. They will also help you protect one of your biggest financial investments- your home.

Why install a K-Guard system in the new year?icicles on gutters

When you make the decision to upgrade to K-Guard, you are making an investment into the value and safety of your home. Gutter systems are an essential part of any building. They guide runoff and water away from the structure of your house. Without gutters, this water can pool and collect, leading to flooding and structural issues. Standard gutter systems safely guide water away from the house, but unfortunately, are prone to flooding and clogging.

At K-Guard, we use our patterned gutter technology to bring you gutter systems that are covered. What does this mean? Essentially, water can get into your gutter but leaves, sticks, and debris cannot. This means that your gutters will continue to do their job of guiding water away from your home, but will not collect any unwanted items that you will have to manually remove later.

How will K-Guard gutters save me money in the new year?

How many hours do you spend on your roof clearing out your gutters? If you are not able to do do this daunting task yourself, how much are you paying for a third party to come in and do it? Time is money, and whether you are spending your time or your hard earned cash maintaining your gutter systems, the cost is too high.

K-Guard gutters will not only save you the time and manpower of physically cleaning out your gutter system, but they can also potentially save you the cost of damages to your home. A system that drains water away from your home means you will not have to spend money on repairs. Your exterior paint will be preserved. Your foundation won’t slowly erode. Your siding will not rot. This means you have to paint your house less often, which also saves money. And best of all, your foundation will not have to be repaired. Additionally, should you choose to relocate, K-Guard gutters are a great selling point for buyers looking to purchase a new home!

How do K-Guard gutters benefit my home?

A gutter system that prevents leaves from clogging the flow of water means the moisture stays away from your house’s siding and foundation. Moisture eats away at the side of your home, whether made of wood, masonry, or plastic siding. Moisture also eats away at paint. A K-Guard system keeps the weather at bay—for this year and many to come!

In the new year, how does a K-Guard Gutter System improve safety?

Cleaning out your gutters means pulling out a ladder and physically getting onto your roof. This can be incredibly dangerous. Did you know that in the U.S., over 500,000 people have ladder-related accidents every year? Falling off of your roof or ladder can be incredibly painful, and even deadly. Why put your life on the line when you can make a one-time investment that will keep your home safe and keep you off the roof?

Am I a good candidate for a K-Guard gutter system?snow and ice on gutters

Simply put, if your house has a roof, then you can benefit from K-Guard gutters. We can replace your old gutter system, and our designs can be customized to fit the look and feel of your home.

What makes K-Guard design the best gutter guard system for the new year?

The K-Guard design has been tested and installed for years and we continually make improvements. This year, the design has the following award-winning elements:

  • A full, 5-inch wide gutter (same capacity as standard, k-style gutters)
  • A 3-1/4-inch wide gutter bottom to accommodate 3×4-inch downspout
  • Our patented hangers fully support our gutter from front to back
  • Angled hanger design for added leverage and strength
  • Front and rear drainage passages for improved water collecting
  • A smooth, attractive design
  • A convenient, removable hood

Why should I choose to work with K-Guard?

The best source of data to base a decision comes from a company’s prior customers. Because we offer a great product, superb installation, and great customer service, our reviews are great. Check out the positive reviews we received in 2018: https://www.kguard.com/reviews/. And don’t worry, we also received overwhelmingly positive reviews for each year in the last decade! We will do everything we can to make sure our customers are satisfied with our work in 2019.

It’s already January, how can I start my resolution?

New Year’s resolutions provide the perfect opportunity to make improvements in your life and your home. Working with K-Guard is one of those few New Year’s resolutions that has a clear starting point: contact one of our dealers today.

Protecting Your Gutters in the Winter

By | General

A solid, dependable gutter system is essential for protecting your home. While you may not be thinking about your gutters very much in the wintertime, gutter maintenance during the cold season is crucial for keeping the system functioning properly. Here are some of the best ways that you can protect your gutters this winter season:

Clean Them Outiced over gutters

You’re likely used to cleaning out your gutters in the fall when leaves pile up and can cause clogs and other issues, but you may not realize that you need to clean them in the wintertime as well. When it’s cold, snow often compacts and does not melt, which puts additional weight and strain on your gutter system. When this snow builds up too much and gets too heavy, it can actually cause your gutters to break away from your home. It is important to keep an eye on your gutters and make sure that they are not being overloaded by snow and debris.

Trim Your Branches

One of the best ways to keep your gutters clean is to stop debris at the source. Take some extra time to trim the branches of the trees around your yard to prevent leaves, twigs, and dirt from getting into your gutters in the first place. Making sure that the trees in your yard are trimmed and groomed isn’t just a good idea in the winter time, but is a habit you should practice throughout the whole year.

Get Them Realigned

Over time, through normal wear and tear, your gutter system may become misaligned. If your gutters are misaligned and stick out at an odd angle, water will not be diverted from your home as effectively as it should be, and your structure may suffer the consequences. With misaligned gutters, water is likely to pool around the base of your home, which can hurt your foundation, driveway, and lawn. If you believe that your gutters are misaligned, it may be time to call in the professionals. Attempting to align your gutters on your own may do more harm than good.  

Do a Careful Inspection

It is important to carefully inspect your gutter system for damage. Make sure that there are no leaks and that your system is firmly attached to your home. Do a thorough examination of your house, looking for damage to your siding, as this can be a sign of a leaky gutter. It’s also important to look at your downspouts and diverters to make sure they are working correctly. If you see any issues with your gutters, call a professional right away. Your gutter system is no place to cut corners. A solid, working gutter system can save you lots of time and money from repairing unnecessary damages to your home down the road.

Call the Professionals

If you are concerned about your gutters or are worried that your system is not prepared for the winter, err on the side of caution and contact the professionals. A professional maintenance man will be able to thoroughly clean your system and will know how to carefully inspect your gutters to make sure they are up to speed and functioning properly.

Install K-Guard Leaf-Free Gutter Systemsnow over gutters

The easiest way to protect your gutter system in the winter is to upgrade to a K-Guard Leaf-Free Gutter System. Our K-Guard technology is the easiest way to prevent build-ups of snow, dirt, and other unwanted items and to drastically cut back on the amount of time you will need to put into gutter maintenance this season. A K-Guard gutter system is the best gift that you can give yourself this holiday season and will save you time and effort not just in the winter time, but the whole year round.

Gutters are an essential part of your home’s structure, so it is crucial to care for them this season. K-Guard technology makes this easy. If you want to learn more about our patented K-Guard design or want to find your local K-Guard vendor, you can visit us online at www.kguard.com.

Gutter Cleaning Tips For Fall

By | General

Fall is just around the corner, and for those of you without K-Guard gutters, that means that it is time to get started on yet another round of seasonal gutter maintenance.

Ideally, your gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, but you may need to clean them more if you have trees within 10 to 20 feet of the exterior walls and roof. Although it might be tempting to procrastinate on this, doing so puts your house at risk for serious water damage. Since time is of the essence, use these gutter cleaning tips to get rooftop drainage systems ready for fall.

Ask For Helpleaves sticking out of gutters

Gutter cleaning requires potentially dangerous activities such as climbing on a ladder and getting up on the roof. If possible, work with a partner. Even if all they do is hold the ladder still, you have that extra bit of a safety net. Many people have trouble with heights, and having someone there to ensure your safety can make the whole process smoother and less nerve-wracking.

Practice Ladder Safety

Gutter cleaning is not for people who are afraid of heights, and a sturdy ladder is one of your most important tools. Start by choosing a ladder that has non-skid bottoms on the legs so that it does not slip. Also, you should always inspect your ladder for defects before you begin to climb. As you choose one, keep in mind that it may need to be moved multiple times as you work around the perimeter of the roof. Look for a sturdy, reliable ladder that is also easily portable.

Dress For the Job

As with any household maintenance task, you need to wear the appropriate clothing and safety gear. Be sure to find a quality pair of gloves that are waterproof and made from a scratch-resistant material to protect your hands from cuts. Then, put on a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from potential splashes from bacteria-laden clogs as you spray out the gutters. You should also wear a comfortable pair of rubber-soled shoes to reduce your chances of slipping off of the ladder or roof.

Remove All of the Debris From Your Roof

Cleaning out the gutters is pointless if you leave behind leaves and dirt on the roof. This debris can pile up and fall into your gutters the next time it rains or snows. Therefore, you should begin the cleaning process by using a broom to sweep away any debris that is not in the gutters. As you do, try to sweep hard enough to push the leaves over the gutter system. Then, you can rake them from the ground later or gather them in a bag.

Pull Out Big Clogs By Hand

Once you’ve removed the surface debris from the roof, you are ready to begin cleaning the actual gutters. You can use a special scooper to remove large chunks of debris from the gutter, or you can use your gloved hand. As you remove the clogs, put them into a bucket or other type of container so that you have an easier time cleaning up afterward. You should also be cautious as you clean these clogs because they often havens for rodents, birds, and insects that use the materials for nests.

Spray Out the Gutters

Clearing the clogs out by hand first helps to make sure that you do not inadvertently spray large chunks of debris down the gutters and into the downspouts. Therefore, you must make sure that all of the big debris is completely clear before you move to this step. To spray out the gutters, you can use a power washing tool, or you can just grab your pressure sprayer that attaches to the garden hose.

Keep an Eye Out For Damage

The process of cleaning out the gutters makes it possible for you to get a closer look at the roof and gutter system. Keep an eye out for signs of damage that need closer attention such as cracks between the seams of older gutter systems or areas where the gutters have become detached from the roof. You might also spot signs of a malfunctioning gutter system while you are cleaning them out such as seeing water stains from spillovers caused by clogs or pooling water where it should naturally flow down.

Check the Downspout

After the main gutters are clean, your final step is to make sure that there are not any clogs in the downspout. If you’ve seen large amounts of debris in the gutters, then you can easily assume that it has worked its way to the downspout as well. Typically, you can give it a good tap or two to get clogs to fall down with the force of gravity. However, more serious clogs may require you to take apart the downspout and use special tools to get them out.

Upgrade to K-Guard

Cleaning out gutters is hazardous and exhausting work, and older gutters may require you to clean them out more often due to issues such as bends in the seam that collect more debris. Fortunately, K-Guard leaf free gutter systems are an option that allows you to ditch this annoying part of your fall home maintenance routine. These patented systems have special covers that keep leaves out of the gutters while allowing the rain to flow into specially-designed slots that wash it down the downspouts so that clogs become a thing of the past.

This year, stop dreading the monumental task of cleaning your gutters by upgrading to K-Guard. Give us a call today!

Tips For Cleaning Your Gutters This Fall

By | General, Gutter, Tips

maple-leaves-1030957_1920When winter hits, ice and snow can cause damage to your home. To make sure that your gutters are ready, it is important to follow some fall gutter cleaning tips.

Proper Gutter Cleaning Technique:

During fall, your gutters may become filled with sticks, acorns, leaves, and other natural debris. To make sure that everything is removed, following some maintenance tips will keep problems from occurring.

  • Use the Proper Tools. To safely clean your gutters, you should have two ladders. One will hold your tools, and the other will hold you. Gloves, buckets, and a hose are necessary supplies as well.
  • Begin with Large Debris. Removing large debris first will make the cleaning process much easier. Commonly, large items cause blockages. If it is difficult to eliminate the large items, you may need to use a plumber’s snake.
  • Use Your Hose Correctly. You hose is your best friend, especially during fall gutter cleaning. Spray your hose and uncover where blockages are located. This will help detect leaks as well. If drainage is slow after you have removed large debris and sprayed water, a clog most likely exists.

Consider K-Guard Gutter Systems:

Since gutter cleaning can be dangerous and time consuming, you should consider installing a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System. The patented design protects your home from water damage, keeps gutters from sagging, and eliminates the need to remove leaves and other debris from your gutter channels.

The system uses gutter guards that fit on top of your gutters and prevents items from becoming stuck and causing clogs. Thanks to the smooth and curved appearance, K-Guard pieces are more attractive than similar products. Since it is constructed of aluminum, corrosion is never an issue, and the unit can withstand all weather conditions. The K-Guard System provides extreme durability as well. To learn more gutter tips or to receive more information about the product, contact your local K-Guard Gutter System dealer today.

Ladder Safety Tips

By | General, Ladder Safety, Tips

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 2.05.15 PMHere are general ladder safety tips applicable to just about any ladder in your inventory, from the common step ladder to combination and telescopic ladders, brand new or not.

Avoid ladder-related accidents by doing a quick visual inspection of the ladder you plan to use in doing home repairs this spring time. Check for visible cracks, splits and bends that are telltale signs of ladder damage. The steps and the base of the ladder should not show signs of corrosion. If you see rust spots in any part of the ladder, don’t use anti-rusts spray or any temporary fix to avoid risking your life and limb. Instead, buy a new one or borrow when you can.

Use a damp wash cloth and thoroughly wipe the rungs of the ladder clean to remove any presence of grease and oil. Majority of the accidents involving step ladders are slips caused by greasy and slippery steps so make it a habit to always wash any ladder first that you plan on using to ensure your safety.

Never put a ladder on an uneven surface particularly if you are working alone. If it’s really necessary and working it’s the only option you have, put large wooden boards on the ground to give the ladder better footing. Ask someone to hold the ladder when you’re using it for optimum safety.

Never carry light tools by hand when on the ladder. Instead, mount the tools in a tool belt. Not only is it safe, it’s also more convenient and allows you to carry more tools than you can using your hands. Setup a pulley or wench system for heavier tools or materials that are too heavy to raise by hand lines.

No matter what’s written in the equipment manual, always use the ladder one person at a time. Although some ladders are sturdy enough to carry more than one person, any sudden shift in weight distribution or uncoordinated movement could make it a highly unstable and dangerous work platform.

Use a wooden ladder when doing electrical repairs to avoid exposing yourself to the unnecessary risks of being electrocuted standing on a metal ladder that’s accidentally in contact with an exposed electrical wire or overhead lines.

What You Should Know About K-Guard Gutters In 2016

By | General, Gutter, Tips

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A new year has arrived. You have started to list the home improvement projects you want to accomplish in 2016. Wouldn’t you love to cross off cleaning your home’s gutters from your to-do list?

Instead of climbing up on a ladder to clean out all the gunk from winter and then removing all the leaves in the fall, why not do what thousands of homeowners have done and upgrade your home with K-Guard gutters in 2016?

K-Guard gutters are a unique and complete covered gutter system that not only prevent leaves and most debris from entering, but also whisk water away more efficiently from your roof and eaves. One of the biggest advantages of this system is the 5-inch wide trench style gutters that, when combined with oversized downspouts, remove water much more quickly than traditional gutters, along with downspouts that are 3/4-inch wider than those manufactured by the competition.

This system has a host of other features that make it the ultimate low maintenance gutter system that will last for many years. Made of heavy-duty aluminum, its chassis won’t rust or deteriorate. The system is also inherently strong thanks to its internal bracket system, making it able to withstand virtually any weather.

The K-Guard system is also beautiful and will complement your home perfectly. It has a baked on enamel finish that will stand up to years of wear and tear and continue to look good, along with curved corners that will complement your home.

Another big advantage of the K-Guard system is how well these gutters protect your home from water damage. When traditional gutters clog due to leaves and other debris, water can overflow, flowing down the sides of your home and ultimately leading to damage to the foundation and other structures. K-Guard eliminates this potential by whisking away rainwater and snowmelt in an efficient manner.

In addition to coming in many different colors to match the exterior of your home, K-Guard also attaches to fascia board and rafter tails to increase strength. It will not interfere with your roof or roof lines and presents a smooth appearance that mimics crown molding.