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can be a dangerous exercise and scaling ladders on a seasonal basis is not only unsafe but also an inefficient and outdated means of taking care of your property.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.

The Importance of Keeping Gutters Clean and How K-Guard Can Help

By | Gutter Maintenance

It is awfully easy to forget about your home’s gutters. After all, these pathways are out of sight so they tend to be out of mind until something goes wrong. If you neglect your gutters long enough they will eventually clog, creating the potential for leaks and other problems that can exhaust your time, patience and money.

Why Clean Gutters are So Important

Maintaining clean gutters is important throughout the year because when the unexpected storm arrives you can bask in the comfort of knowing your home is protected and will not require expensive repairs. Strong winds can blow leaves, tree limbs, litter, and other debris onto the roof, clogging the gutters. Furthermore, snow and ice can accumulate in gutters to the point that water cannot pass through to the downspout and reach the ground. Such a clog will cause the water to pool, putting the gutter’s integrity at risk and jeopardizing the well-being of your home structures and landscaping below.  

A broken gutter or an otherwise-compromised roof stemming from gutter neglect can consume your money and time. A clogged gutter may cause water to pool, become that much heavier and create a mess along the perimeter of your roof. Also, an ill-equipped gutter system requires the attention of a repair specialist. This specialist’s time will cost you money, even if the repair project is minor. Furthermore, new gutters cost money. You have better things to do with your time than get quotes for gutter inspections and repairs. It is possible to avoid this scenario by being proactive and adding the K-Guard system to your home.

Prevent Ice Dam Nightmares

If you have not had an ice dam form in your gutters, you have had good fortune.  It is only a matter of time until unprotected gutters end up with an ice dam. If anything clogs the gutters, be it twigs, leaves or another form of interference, water will become trapped within the gutters.  In the winter months, this water can freeze, creating an ice dam. The gutters might even begin to sag as the trapped ice and debris continues to accumulate and increase in weight. The worst case scenario is a gutter falling on a person or vehicle.  

Opt for K-Guard and you won’t have to worry about ice dams.  K-Guard stops clogs from forming to start with, ensuring ice does not have a chance to collect and threaten the integrity of your gutters and roof.  This way, you won’t have to reach out to the ice dam specialists to perform an emergency clearing. Take a moment to consider all of the money, time and frustration you will save by preventing the formation of ice dams in the first place.   

K-Guard to the Rescue

The K-Guard system is designed to prevent leaves from finding their way into your home’s gutters.  This is the protection your home needs to retain its structural integrity and curb appeal. Here’s how the system works: K-Guard is made of four primary components: the K-Guard hangers, the gutter, the hood, and downspouts. Water moves right along the hood’s curve, traveling to the gutter. Leaves and other debris are blocked off from entering. The gutters are a spacious 5-inches, ensuring they can handle more rainwater and other sources of moisture than other supposed leaf-prevention gutter guard solutions.

Let K-Guard Do the Work for You

The K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System is also appealing because it is a safe means of gutter and home protection.  There is no reason for you to risk injury attempting to clean out gutters. The K-Guard system prevents leaves from building up in the gutters in the first place so no one has to climb on a ladder in an attempt to clean out these cramped pathways.  

Put your faith in K-Guard and you won’t be disappointed.  K-Guard is comprised of heavy-duty aluminum that will not corrode even with ongoing inclement weather.  The system is centered on the unique K-Guard hangers. These high-strength hangers are built with all-weather polymers positioned every two feet within the gutter.  These polymers support the hood, ensuring the gutter retains its form and functionality so water does not compromise your living or working space.

K-Guard downspouts are intentionally over-sized at three inches by four inches to allow water to flush out along with any other rubble that infiltrated the system.  The end result of the K-guard system is a robust line of defense against leaves, debris and other threats to your home’s structure, siding and the roof. Even if you add the K-Guard system, you should still clear out your gutters at the start of the fall and winter.  Don’t forget to give your home’s gutters a thorough clean after the winter ends just to make sure any debris that accumulated doesn’t pose a threat as we transition to the spring.

Tips for Enhancing Your Curb Appeal This Summer

By | Gutter, Homeowners, Related, Tips

Summer is a great time for upgrading the exterior of your home and increasing your home’s overall “curb appeal”-aka how attractive your property appears to an on-looker. While curb appeal is particularly important for people looking to sell their homes, it can also be important for homeowners looking to hold on to them as well. The more attractive your home is, the higher the overall appeal and value of the neighborhood, which will certainly endear to your neighbors who are looking to put their homes on the market.

In addition, keeping your home in good condition will also be a useful asset if the time ever comes that you want to sell your home, particularly if you experience a major life change of some kind that requires you to sell your home quickly. You never know, increasing the curb appeal of your home might also gain you an offer you can’t refuse that you weren’t even looking for! Here are 7 great upgrades you can do this summer to increase both the appeal and the value of your home.

Touch up your paint and siding

Warm weather provides a great opportunity to pressure wash off all of the accumulated grime and muck that builds up on the exterior of your home over the winter. Repainting trim can also give your home a remarkably fresh look without a huge price tag or a great deal of labor. For wood exteriors, remember that paint does more than just decorate your home, it also protects it. Scrape off any areas of chipped or peeling paint and then touch up any exposed surfaces. You can also significantly increase the exterior appeal of your home by painting your front door a bright new color. This is also a great time to give your siding a good inspection to see how well it is holding up and if you might need to start thinking about getting it replaced soon.

Clean, replace or upgrade gutters

Giving your gutters a good cleaning every spring is a must, but you should also consider upgrading and replacing your gutters as well. Gutters not only add to or detract from the appeal of your home, but they also protect it as well. Gutters are meant to carry water off your roof and away from your home to protect from flood damage. Quality gutters are a smooth, seamless, almost invisible extension of your home. When they are designed and installed well, you won’t even notice they are there. Improperly installed or cheap gutters, however, can be unsightly and can even fail when you need them most. When you upgrade to high-quality gutters like K-guard gutters, not only will you increase the overall aesthetics of your home, but you can see a decrease in maintenance costs as well.

Upgrade accessories

House numbers, door hardware, mailboxes, light fixtures and other small details are all simple items that greatly add to or detract from the overall appeal of your home. They are small, inexpensive upgrades that can provide a massive return. You can line walkways with new solar lighting that not only increases the appeal of your home but also makes it safer. While you are upgrading door hardware, you might consider investing in a new security system. Not only will this increase the security of your home, but it can also make it more attractive to buyers if you decide to sell.

Deck out your porch or patio

Whether or not you use your front porch, stoop, entryway or patio for entertaining, enjoying your morning coffee or just hanging out on a weekend, making the entry to your home an inviting space is a great way to enhance curb appeal. Whether it be porch swings, rocking chairs or cafe tables, there are a wide range of accessories you can outfit your front porch with to create a comfortable, cozy space. Plants or flower boxes can also add appeal to even the tiniest of spaces. For those that don’t want to tend to flowers or plants, wreaths, plaques, welcome mats and welcome signs can all make your home a place where guests and family alike will feel truly welcome.

Add outdoor art

Bird Baths, fountains, decorative boulders, statues, metal cutouts or sculptures are all ways to add some aesthetic value to your home. You can plant a flower bed around your mailbox or plant a small garden in the middle of a circular drive. Window boxes filled with colorful blooms also add beauty and warmth to the exterior of your home. You can increase the overall value and appeal of your home by adding anything that transforms your home from merely a house into an architectural work of art. Even the smallest additions can go a long way.  

Paint or tile your front porch, entryway or doorstep

Peeling paint on your front porch is as unattractive as it is uninviting. Repainting will certainly increase the aesthetic appeal, but you can increase the value of your home by upgrading to outdoor tiles. The best part is that not only can tiling your steps give your home a fresh, modern look, it’s also a fairly easy and inexpensive DIY project. You can even buy outdoor tiles that have a non-slip coating that will make your porch safer in inclement weather. While you are upgrading the surface of your porch or patio, it’s also a good time to paint, repair or replace porch railings.

Upgrade your walkways

Porches and patios are the only places you can do a tile upgrade. Covering existing concrete walkways with tile or upgrading to walkways made of paving stones can give a high-end look to even the most modest of homes. For a slightly less labor-intensive project, however, you can also apply a colored concrete resurfacer to existing concrete and then simply line your walkways with bricks or stone. This will give your walkways a beautiful custom look without all the labor or expense.

Upping your curb appeal is just a few simple steps away. For any questions or concerns about your home’s needs, don’t forget to consult the experts at K-Guard. Together we can ensure a safe and happy home for you this summer.

How Can Upgraded Gutters Add Value to My Home?

By | Gutter, Homeowners, Tips

Maintaining the gutters of a home is one of those tasks you never really think about until you have to do it. Then when you’re up a ladder all weekend tediously removing leaves, you realize it’s a huge pain. That’s why homes with K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter Guard systems have that added peace of mind for homeowners and actually add value to your home.

The K-Guard system is an industry-leading gutter protection solution that will save you tons of money in maintenance costs. They will also save you on time that you would have to spend cleaning the gutters yourself. Their longevity and high-quality manufacturing mean that you can enjoy these perks for years to come. Best of all, if you plan on selling your home in the near future, potential buyers will love the fact that your home has this maintenance-free feature.  

The K-Guard Gutter Guard System Requires Less Maintenance

We all want more time with family, to do our hobbies, and maybe just to sit around and enjoy our homes. If you own a house though, you know that many of your weekends are spent on projects.  One of those inevitably ends up being cleaning out your gutters from years of built up leaves. upgraded gutters

Not only is it a time-consuming task, it’s also messy and dangerous.  If you have a two-story home, you have to climb up on a tall ladder to get to some of your gutters.  You also have to invest in expensive power washing equipment if you want to get the job done in any respectable amount of time.  

If you aren’t doing it yourself, odds are you have to pay someone to come out and clean your gutters for you which is an added maintenance expense each season.  Depending on the size of your home, gutter cleaning services can run into the hundreds of dollars for a single cleaning. Multiply that by two times per year and a K-Guard system starts to look like a pretty good investment, especially when you consider that it can last for more than two decades.  

The Gutter Guard System is Reliable and Strong

Gutter guards will provide you with years of reliable service which makes them extremely valuable.  They can add time to your life that you would otherwise be wasting cleaning gutters. The K-guard system is made of high-quality polymers that will not sag like other gutter systems.

The special coatings put on the components of this system are rated to last two decades.  That is 20 years of not having to climb on your roof to clean out gutters or paying someone else to do it.  

The K-Guard system will prevent overflow damage, keep leaves and other debris out of your gutters, and will not sag like other protection systems.  

A Gutter Upgrade Will Improve the Resale Value of Your Home

The K-Guard gutter system is one of those features that potential home buyers will love to hear.  The only real way to add true value to a home is by the added square footage, however, perks like gutter guards are things your Realtor can place in marketing materials.

People shopping for a home know that a system like this will save them tons of time and money on maintenance costs which can get pretty high for homeowners.  

The K-Guard system will also look much more attractive on a home than competitor’s similar products. To upgrade your gutter system, find a dealer near you today and request a free estimate!

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Simplify Home Maintenance With Leaf-Free Gutters

By | Gutter, Tips

Cleaning gutters is a home maintenance task that virtually all property owners complete on a regular basis. Many consumers are unaware, however, that this chore can be completed in a hassle-free manner, which ultimately saves both time and money for the homeowner.

Preventing Damage From Clogged Gutters

Traditional, open-top gutter systems allow twigs, pine needles, leaves and other debris to coagulate and subsequently create a clog in the system. Clogged gutters result in the backup of water. This water, in turn, eventually makes its way to undesirable locations, leading to damage in various areas of the home, including the roof, foundation, interior ceilings and wood siding.

An unobstructed water trough solves this problem and prevents such damage, as it allows water to flow away from the dwelling in a fast and unobstructed manner, while simultaneously preventing the buildup of debris within the system. This type of gutter is often referred to as a “leaf free gutter,” and K-Guard Gutters are one of the best options available in this category.

Advantages of K-Guard Gutters

K-Guard gutters were designed to prevent clogs and simplify cleaning for essentially any homeowner. With a five inch capacity, they easily outshine their competition and have become one of the most popular brands on today’s market. This is because this deep capacity provides a way for water to drain almost twice as fast as is seen with traditional gutters.

Additionally, the downspout of a K-Guard gutter is three quarters of an inch in width, which makes it easy for rain water to flow through the system, flushing out leaves and debris along the way. With this innovative system, the low-maintenance gutters remain cleaner for longer periods of time than their conventional counterparts. This ultimately means less aggravation for the homeowner. Any consumer whose goal is hassle-free home maintenance should consider investing in easy-to-clean, K-Guard leaf free gutters. Contact K-Guard today.