What is Roof Pitch and What Effect Does it Have on my Home’s Exterior?

What is roof pitch? In its basic definition, roof pitch – also known as its slope –  is the number of inches your roof rises for every foot of depth. As an example, a 6/12pitch represents a rise of six inches for every foot inward toward its peak, also known as its ridge. The importance of roof pitch To you, the roof’s pitch may not be critical. As long as it has some sort of angle it will distribute precipitation to the gutters. In turn, it removes it from the roofline via downspouts. However, this isn’t the case. If the

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Gutter Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you have open gutters or a gutter system other than K-Guard Leaf Free Gutters, you might need some helpful tips and tricks to make cleaning them as painless and safe as possible – for you and your home. Tip 1: Clean during calm weather: Inclement conditions will make you rush through gutter maintenance which may cause you to miss something. Try to take care of everything in calm conditions. If it’s going to be hot, work on the gutters in the early morning or late in the day. Cold day? Work on the gutters during the sunniest and warmest

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Rain Barrels:  A Plausible Solution for Watering Your Lawn or Garden?

In the 21st century, when technology attempts to solve our problems, are rain barrels a plausible solution for watering your lawn or garden? The answer depends on several factors. First, does your municipality allow this method of water storage? While many cities and towns have turned to this ecological method of water conservation, others have a ban on them. This can be due to previously enacted laws or environmental issues. If this is the case, their use for watering is a moot point unless you get special permission. However, if you are permitted to use this method, the next thing

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How Gutters Can Help (or Hurt) Your Garden

Who doesn’t love spring?  For garden enthusiasts, spring is especially exciting with it’s inherent prospect for change and potential to bring natural life, color, and vibrancy into the world. Prime Planting Season The early weeks of spring are the perfect time to start a garden. There are many reasons for this: Nurseries and garden departments of home improvement stores aren’t as busy as when the weather gets warmer. Thus, you have the pick of new stock. More time is available for your plants to establish strong root growth. A hearty system absorbs more nutrients for healthy and robust top growth

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The Lifetime Cost Savings of Maintenance Free Gutters

We live in a hectic world. It seems each hour of the day is filled with something – be it work, family, or activities. Even the weekends, once a haven for decompressing, seemed to be packed with your children’s extracurricular activities and a list of tasks to catch up on before the new week begins. Maintenance Free is a Must This is why people try to make their lives as maintenance free as possible. So, they have their groceries delivered, order household items online, and ask Alexa to remind them of scheduled events. They also hire people to paint their

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How Gutters Help Lower Your Water Bill

We’ve discussed the numerous benefits of a K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System. Its seamless construction and guaranteed alleviation of clogged downspouts allows for uninterrupted rain water drainage. Our gutter system keeps both the interior and exterior of your home safe from damage due to excessive moisture, but what we haven’t discussed is how our gutter system can add property value beyond the gutters. Traditional Rain Water Drainage Normally, rain water drains through the downspout to your driveway or yard. If there’s a concrete or plastic splash block placed at the bottom of the downspout, the water gets distributed toward a

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The Importance of Roofing Insulation..And its Effect on Your Gutters

Your roofing and gutters go hand-in-hand when protecting your home. When properly angled, precipitation that falls on the roof slides into the gutters. In turn, they drain the water through downspouts to prevent damage to the roof and foundation. Your roof does other things as well. The most important is protecting your home from extreme heat and cold. It does this through roofing insulation. The Power of Insulation Insulation is a must for any home. If applied correctly, it keeps your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In addition, insulation helps reduce your energy costs since

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Time to Audit Your Home’s Exterior for Winter

Today, we’re speaking about your home’s exterior. Is it ready for the winter? Have you prepared it to withstand the ice, snow, sleet, and gusty winds that can pelt your home for hours or days at a time? What about drainage? Are your gutters ready to handle the repeated freezes and thaws? Or, in a powerful storm, will they be able to handle the accumulated weight of the colder precipitation? Get Ready Now, Not Later The time to think about these items is right now, before it gets too cold or snowy to audit the exterior. The remaining mild and

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Four Ways to Prepare Your Gutters for the Fall Season

Get Your System Ready for Fall Foliage and Winter’s Weather   The nip in the air and the re-introduction of pumpkin-spiced everything means one thing:  fall has arrived. It’s a time for cozy sweaters, walks along tree-lined, multi-colored paths, and evenings around the fire pit drinking warm apple cider. It’s also a prime season to check your gutters. If you own a K-Guard leaf free gutter system, then nothing needs to be done. The enclosed system prevents leaves and other debris from clogging up lines and downspouts. However, if you have another system on your property, especially one that’s not

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