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A New Year, A New Gutter System

By | Ladder Safety

new gutterAs we celebrate the holidays and move into a new year, we can’t help but be retrospective and hopeful about the future. The winter skies hang close over us while we nestle comfortably in our homes. As you consider what resolutions to make that will make your life better and more secure, you need only look out the frost-covered window to the gutters that line your roof! How does a new gutter system sound for the new year?

One resolution that is guaranteed to add to your safety, financial well-being and value of your home is to upgrade to a K-Guard new gutter system.

Why should I make installing a K-Guard new gutter system my New Year’s Resolution?

The answer to this question is simple – installing a new gutter system helps you protect your family as well as your home, your largest financial investment. K-Guard gutter systems are versatile and customizable to every home, and their unique design will save you hours and hours of time and manual labor for many years into the future.

Not many New Year’s resolutions can check off two boxes – increasing the value of your home while at the same time increasing your safety. 

Often overlooked, gutters are a critical component of any building. By collecting the rain and runoff water and moving it away from your house, gutters prevent pooling and flooding that can cause significant structural damage. Regular gutters are effective at moving water away from your house, but as anyone who has climbed a ladder onto their roof knows, they are extremely prone to clogging and flooding. 

Safely cleaning clogged gutters is a difficult task – either shuffling along your roofline or constantly climbing up and down and moving your ladder. Why not make a resolution to install new gutters that both increase your safety and protect your house?

K-Guard’s patented gutter technology is designed to prevent the clogging and flooding that plagues standard gutters. Their specially designed covers allow water to move freely away from your house while preventing sticks, debris and leaves from blocking the flow. Your gutters don’t have to work overtime trying to keep your house dry, and you won’t have to spend tons of time dangerously removing those thick clumps of debris we all dread to see!

How do K-Guard gutter systems save me money?

Likely one of your other New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time with your family or to do fun things with the people you care about. Imagine not having to spend hours on your roof or climbing up and down and moving ladders in order to clean out your clogged gutters? Or how much do third parties charge in order to handle the task for you? Your time is valuable, and whether you tackle the task yourself or pay someone else to do it for you, cleaning out your gutters is a time and money black hole.

Installing new K-Guard gutters will give you back the time you would have spent manually cleaning out your gutters, but by doing a better job than a standard gutter at moving water away from your house, they also potentially prevent thousands of dollars of damage from occurring! Your foundation will remain intact, your paint and siding will remain pristine, and your wooden frames won’t rot. 

A new gutter system that is as effective as the K-Guard system will reduce the frequency that you need to paint your house and protect the structure. And, if you are planning to sell your property, K-Guard gutter systems make a fantastic selling point for home inspectors and buyers.

Any one of these is reason enough to install new gutters this year, and all of them together show why those gutters should be K-Guard gutters!

new gutter systemHow will a K-Guard gutter system improve my safety and the safety of my home?

It’s a fact that over 500,000 people in the United States every year have ladder-related accidents. Constantly climbing up and down and moving your ladder to reach all the clogged parts of your gutter is dangerous. Falling off your ladder or your roof can result in painful injuries that take you away from work and off your feet for weeks or even months.

Why not make a resolution to keep yourself safe and healthy?! Not only does installing a new K-Guard Gutter System save you time and money, but it will also protect your safety, something no number can adequately quantify.

What makes a K-Guard gutter system the right investment?

There are many reasons to choose K-Guard for your new gutters. Just ask our previous clients! Our great product, fantastic customer service and quality installation are the reasons we get great reviews. 

While we provide amazing customer service and our professional installers are the best in the business, we couldn’t do it without having a great product. The award-winning K-Guard system has been installed and tested for years and refined and improved over time. 

Give us a call and join the ranks of our satisfied customers! Make a New Year’s resolution that increases your safety, saves you money and protects your most valuable investment — your home. Make the easiest choice you’ll make all year by contacting us today! Give us a call at (614) 568-7777.

Stay Off Your Roof With Leaf Guards

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety

leaf guardsDid you know that installing leaf guards onto your home’s gutters could eliminate the need for regular unclogging? Cleaning gutters can be a dangerous exercise and scaling ladders on a seasonal basis is not only unsafe but also an inefficient and outdated means of taking care of your property.

Shrewd homeowners know that the value of a home is only as good as its foundations, protected by a good gutter system with leaf guards. A gutter system that works optimally draws rainwater away from a property and its surrounding area, preventing debris, leakages and rot from causing extensive damage. If your home still has open-topped gutters, then you’ll need to ensure they are maintained and cleaned regularly, which, as we’ll explain below, isn’t the most convenient or effective solution.

How do leaf guards work?

Leaf guards are considered to be a crucial component of your gutter system, helping to prevent the entry of airborne debris and resulting blockages. They either come as separate guards designed to fit on top of existing gutters or as a custom set like the K-Guard Gutter Guard system – a complete 5-inch gutter solution with a helmet-type leaf guard secured on top.

There are two types of leaf guards: gutter covers and gutter screens.

Gutter screens are typically made of wire mesh, nylon or foam and present the cheaper alternative. Gutter covers, which are more expensive, can be made out of a variety of materials including copper, aluminum, plastic, wire mesh, nylon, and foam. As the hardier of the two, gutter covers tend to have a more pleasing appearance than gutter screens and also limit a lot more water flow and debris.

Installing leaf guards is one of the first steps to keeping your home’s exterior maintenance as hassle-free as possible while eliminating the need for risky cleaning practices.

leaf guards roofWhich gutter guards are best for my home?

If you’ve never given your gutters a second thought, let alone leaf guards, finding the right ones for your home could be very hit and miss. With so many options on the market, how do you know which one is best for you?

Installing regular leaf guards that fit onto your existing gutters may temporarily give your home some level of protection, that is if there aren’t already any underlying problems. For this reason, it’s probably best to start from scratch – with a completely engineered, fully integrated, leaf-free gutter system like K-Guard gutter guards.

The K-Guard system is a complete solution that replaces your gutters entirely and offers all the protection you would expect from a leaf guard, and more. Comprised of three components – a gutter, hood, and downspouts – K-Guard gutter guards feature a patented design to ensure your gutters work maintenance-free for a lifetime. That’s right, forever, without ever having to climb a ladder again.

Built from heavy-duty aluminum and patented, high-strength hangers that fully support the leaf guard (hood), the K-Guard gutter system cannot sag or corrode, which gives it a practically unlimited lifespan. Its effective technology keeps gutters clog-free and protects against even the most severe weather elements, including ice, wind and heavy rain.

K-Guard gutter guards also offer greater capacity at a full inch wider than other gutters (5 inches), draining far more water than smaller systems. Larger 3×4-inch downspouts flush water away from your property quickly and efficiently, along with any small pieces of debris that may have accidentally entered the system.

As if strength, durability, and capacity weren’t enough, K-Guard gutter guards are also available in a variety of colors to suit your home. Unlike the sharp corners and edges of other leaf guard systems, K-Guard gutters have a smooth, curved appearance and are custom-installed to perfectly complement your home.

How can I install leaf guards safely?

Unless you’re really into DIY, installing leaf guards yourself probably isn’t the best idea. Most reputable gutter guard companies will have installation included in the price, as specialized equipment may be needed to ensure the best fit for your home.

K-Guard contractors usually insist on professionally installing your gutter guards for you. With over 35 million feet of gutter systems installed since 1998, you can trust that K-Guard has both the experience and expertise to do right by your home. K-Guard gutter guards can also adapt to any type of roof, from slate to metal to traditional shingle roofing.

Do I need to have my gutter guards cleaned professionally?

If you go for regular leaf guards, you can either choose to seasonally check and clean them yourself, or hire a professional to do this for you. This, however, can be dangerous and prove to be an ongoing expense in the maintenance of your home.

K-Guard’s patented gutter guard system is designed in such a way that you’ll never need to clean them at all. Once installed, you can finally stay off your roof and wave goodbye to cleaning gutters forever!

Leaf guards keep you and your home safe

Whether you choose to add a leaf guard to your existing gutters or go for a complete overhaul with K-Guard gutter guards, protecting your gutter system is the first step to ensuring your home stays as problem-free as possible. Blockages caused by leaves and debris could prove devastating to your property’s foundation and roof if not taken care of in time. K-Guard gutter guard system takes away this worry for an entire lifetime and in our opinion, is worth the investment for this reason alone. Give us a call today at 614-568-7777.

Ladder Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety, Tips

holiday decorating safetyWhen the holiday season approaches, people start their outdoor decorating. Lights fill the decor of many homes. If you hang lights from your roof or gutters, you probably need to use a ladder, which could be a dangerous activity. Here are some ladder safety tips that will keep you from becoming injured while decorating for the holidays.

  1. Check the Weather. Before you go outside and hang holiday lights, you should check your local weather report. If it is very windy, you may lose your balance at the top of the ladder. Also, rainy or snowy conditions can make its rungs slippery. It is best to climb a ladder on a sunny and calm day.
  2. Inspect Your Equipment. Most homeowners only rarely use ladders, and may only bring them out during this time of year. Before climbing, it is wise to inspect this piece of equipment to make sure it is safe.
  3. Choose the Right Size. Depending on your needs, you should choose a ladder that is the appropriate size. If you need to reach your rooftop, you will need a long ladder. It is advised to use one that extends at least three feet more than the desired height so it provides additional stability.
  4. Do Not Over-Reach. When you are on a ladder hanging lights and other decorations, you may find the need to stretch to reach a hook or far away spot. However, over-reaching can make the ladder kick out from under your body. This can cause serious injury. It is best to move the ladder to the area where you need it rather than reaching.
  5. Inform Your Family What You are Doing. If you are outside with the holiday lights, you need to make others aware that you are on the ladder. This is especially important if you are working near a door that may open and cause the equipment to topple over.
  6. Stay Away from the Eggnog. You should never climb a ladder while you are intoxicated. Your balance and judgment may not function properly.

Many people hang holiday lights from their gutters. When spring rains arrive, you may be reaching for your ladder again. Cleaning these same gutters can be a tedious task. For more information about the convenience of the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, contact us today.

Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

By | Ladder Safety, Tips

When it is the holiday season, it is customary to think of hanging lights both inside and outside the home. Holiday lights make a statement of your happiness and cheer to bring in the festive season.

Where to Hang Holiday Lights

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

Safety First

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

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

7 Winter Tips For Ladder Safety

By | Ladder Safety, Tips

shutterstock_215924530Ladders are essential tools, but can quickly become hazardous if not appropriately used. Therefore, it is wise to learn about ladder safety when gathering winter tips this season.

Weather. Never ascend a ladder during snowy, rainy or windy conditions. This is because such weather provides an ideal environment for accidents and injuries.

Ladder Placement. Always secure your ladder on a firm surface. An unstable surface can lead to an imbalanced ladder and ultimately, an accident. Always test your ladder by putting your full weight on the bottom rung. If it shifts or moves, reposition it until it is stable.

Avoid Top Rungs. No matter what type of ladder you have, never step on the top rung, as doing so is unsafe. It is virtually impossible to balance on the top rung and your likelihood of falling is very high if you attempt this maneuver.

Keep Ladders Away From Doors. Never position a ladder in front of a closed door, even if you think no one is inside the home. If someone enters the home through another door and attempts to exit where a ladder is in use, a serious accident may occur.

Three Point of Contact Rule. Among one of the best winter tips regarding ladder safety is the “three point of contact rule.” This means that you should always have both legs and at least one arm in contact with the ladder when working, as well as keeping both hands on the rails when climbing or descending.

Weight Restrictions. Be aware of your ladder’s weight bearing capacity. If you find yourself with a model that is not sufficient for your weight, put off whatever task you were planning until an appropriate model is found.

Never Skip Steps. Finally, never skip or jump the last few steps when descending. Although the ground may seem close, this activity can easily result in a sprained ankle or other injury.

Although nothing can prevent every accident, following the aforementioned ladder safety tips will help you and members of your household to avoid accidents and have a safe and happy winter.

Tips For Choosing The Best Ladder

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety, Tips

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-4-02-34-pmWhen you are cleaning your gutters, you will need a solid ladder to get the job done right. There are various pieces of equipment on the market, so it is important to know what to look for when purchasing this piece of equipment. Also, it is vital to learn ladder safety tips so that you avoid injuries.

Choosing the Best Ladder for Safety:

When you perform your seasonal gutter cleaning, you should use a ladder that is tall enough to reach your roof-line with ease. A multi-use ladder is quite versatile and usually reaches up to 15 feet in height. Unfortunately, this type of ladder is expensive and heavy. An extension ladder reaches heights over 17 feet, which means that it is a smart choice for a double-story home. Also, this kind of ladder is light and simple to set up.

Before making a decision, you should consider the ladder’s material. Aluminum ladders are the lightest, but they should never be used around electric wires. If your house’s gutters are near power lines, it is best to choose a fiberglass product.

Ladder Safety Tips:

When you are preparing to clean your gutters, you must follow some safety precautions. To begin, you must make sure that the ground is clear of water, oil, and other slippery substances. The ladder should always be placed on a level surface as well. This will keep you secure when you must reach out to your gutters.

For ultimate safety, you must use your ladder correctly. If you have a hinged ladder, it must be fully opened and locked into position. Also, you should always use care when climbing up and down. Both feet should be on the ladder at all times without making jerky movements.

To avoid the hassles and dangers of using a ladder to clean your gutters, you should consider a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System. This patented unit prevents leaves and debris from blocking your home’s gutters. This means that you never have to worry about climbing next to your roof again. For a free estimate, contact a local dealer today.

Fall Safety Considerations For Gutter Cleaning

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety, Tips

shutterstock_394933534-2Fall is an important time to tackle a variety of home maintenance issues, both inside and outdoors. One task you should not overlook is cleaning out your gutters. Wet leaves and other debris can quickly collect in them, which will make it difficult for rain water and ice to drain properly in the coming months. Here are some simple fall safety tips for gutter cleaning:

Wear gloves. Since you’ll be using your hands to remove some debris and you’ll be spraying water, it’s a good idea to wear protective gloves. This will prevent your skin from becoming damaged, as well as prevent cuts and scratches from branches and prickly leaves. Not only that, but there’s bacteria present from things like bird and rodent droppings, as well. Stay healthy and keep your hands dry and clean with heavy duty work gloves.

Have a helper. Gutter cleaning is not a task that you should tackle alone, since it involves the use of a ladder. When climbing up a ladder for any reason, it’s important to have someone standing at the bottom making sure that it’s secure. Before beginning this home maintenance project, be sure to have a helper who can stay with you, spot you, and lend a helping hand. This will also help to make the job go quicker.

Wear eye protection. In addition to gloves, it’s smart to wear work glasses or goggles. That’s because dirt and debris can come flying out quickly once you start spraying water into the gutters. Keep your eyes dry and safe.

One of the best ways to keep your gutters clean is with gutter guards. By properly installing them, you’ll enjoy clean, effective gutters all year long. This will make the task of checking them each fall much safer and simpler. Keep these gutter safety tips in mind as you prepare to check your home’s gutters this autumn.

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.

Ladder Safety Tips For Winter

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety, Tips

snow in gutters

Most property owners are concerned with ladder safety when completing home improvement projects or winterizing a dwelling. Although commonly used, ladders can cause a broad range of injuries if improperly handled or if the wrong ladder is used for a particular job. Ladder accidents are more common than you may realize, and for this reason you should follow the winter safety tips below when working on any type of ladder this season:

Choosing the Best Ladder – 

To avoid injury, always select the most appropriate ladder for the job. If you are unsure about which model is best, speak to a clerk at a hardware or home improvement store.

Ladder Safety Tips- 

Never attempt to exceed the ladder’s weight restriction. Most models have a load capacity telling you how much weight is appropriate. Exceeding this load can lead to accidents, as the ladder may give way, causing you to fall to the ground with no warning.

Included in some of the best ladder safety tips is something referred to as the “three point of contact climb.” When this technique is used, your chances of slipping or falling are significantly reduced. As you climb, descend or work, always make sure that at least three limbs at a time are in contact with the ladder. Taking both hands off the rails, even if you think you are standing firmly is always a mistake. Similarly, it is never wise to try to work with only one leg and one arm in contact with the ladder. If you must twist or reach to the point where you cannot keep three limbs in contact with the device, you need to reposition it entirely.

Do not jump or skip the last few steps when descending. Although it may seem like a short distance to the ground, homeowners are usually surprised to discover how many sprained ankles and other accidents result from this maneuver. Never stand on the paint shelf or highest rung, as these are the top injury-causing activities associated with ladders. Finally, do not use any ladder in rainy, windy or snowy conditions, as such weather creates the perfect environment for an injury. Ladder accidents are unfortunately somewhat common, but when the ladder safety tips outlined above are followed, your chances of such an incident are significantly reduced.

Gutter Cleaning: A Fall Necessity For Homeowners

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety, Tips

gutter cleaning

With the arrival of fall, many homeowners start looking around for tips on how to winterize their homes, but often forget items such as gutters. Gutters protect your home from leaves, dirt and other wet debris that collects on your roof. However, you may have fallen into the trap of overlooking gutter cleaning until a problem is underway. Fortunately, regular gutter maintenance will protect your roof against damage throughout the year. Below are some essential tips that will help make this task easier:

Safety Considerations:

When inspecting, do not lean your ladder against any part of the gutter. This is because gutters are typically made from plastic or thin gauge metal, which can be damaged significantly by the pressure of a ladder. Using an A-frame ladder to climb to the appropriate height is a better idea.

Cleaning Tips:

Before ascending the ladder, gather materials in a small pail or bag and carry them in such a way that you can still keep both hands on the ladder as you climb. Take a small plastic garbage bag, rubber gloves, and a two inch putty knife. With the plastic gloves on, pick up any twigs, leaves and piles of dirt you wish to dispose of and place them in the small garbage bag. The putty knife can be used to dislodge stubborn patches of dirt or decomposed leaves that have collected in specific areas. Clean each section and never reach beyond the point where you feel comfortable. Rather, climb down the ladder and reposition it for the next section.

When you are finished cleaning, rinse the area with a garden hose to remove tiny pieces of debris that you may have overlooked. After checking the gutters for cleanliness, tap in nails or tighten screws that may have become loose throughout the year.

If you discover that the downspout is completely plugged or slow to drain, give it a strong spray from your garden hose to push out any debris. However, if the downspout reaches directly into a drain, the connection should be undone first so that you do not inadvertently push debris into the drain and create another problem. Finally, if you complete an October inspection and discover roof problems or suspect that it is time for new gutters, be sure to get a gutter system with built-in gutter covers.