How Your Roof’s Design Affects Your Home’s Gutter System

A roof does more to define your home than siding, window treatments, or its color. The right roof draws the eye of a viewer to its angles and how it shades the house in the right places while accentuating its other features. It turns a simple residence into one of magnificence. Plus, it keeps the inside of your home dry and free of birds. Roofs and Gutters The roof does something else – it determines your gutter design. There are some designs that require a system on a portion of the roof or all around its area. If the roof

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Underground Lines and Drains: How They Help and Hurt Your Gutter System

We’ve talked plenty about our K-Guard Leaf-Free Gutter System and how its design prevents everything except water from filling its channels. These maintenance-free gutter systems allow for runoff to smoothly flow through the gutter downspout minus any clogs. What we haven’t talked much about is where the water goes once it reaches the ground. If it doesn’t fill a rain barrel, naturally irrigate the yard, or create a man-made pond, then where does the water go? In some cases, it goes underground. Underground Lines and Drains Rather than downspouts and splash blocks, some home gutter systems utilize vertical pipes. These

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What Are Dormers and Do They Need Gutters?

Today’s blog is about dormers. Dormers are a way to increase light on upper floors, provide extra headroom, increase living space, or all three. Dormers aren’t normally part of modern home construction. However, they were a way to add natural light or create additional space in existing homes.  Types of Dormers There are several types of dormers and the best way to see them is to take a drive through an older neighborhood populated with small to mid-sized homes.  The most common dormer is the gable. These feature a gabled roof that helps shed water away from its window. In

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Do I Need to Add Another Downspout to My Gutters?

In today’s blog we’re going to talk about a very important piece in any gutter system:  the downspout. The downspout’s purpose The downspout’s job is simple: it properly channels water from the roofline and gutters away from a home’s exterior. This is either through a splash block or an extension that leads it into the street or garden. Without it, the water pools around your home’s foundation which can damage both the outside and inside. However, the downspout’s job can get complicated. For instance, it won’t deliver runoff to the proper locations if the gutters get clogged. Furthermore, if the

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How Whirlybirds, Acorns, and Other Seeds Germinate in Your Gardens and Gutters

One of the semi-annual tasks you must perform as a homeowner is the dreadful ritual of gutter cleaning.  When you climb the ladder to examine the state of the gutter channels and downspouts, you’ll probably find a few things. Most likely, a collection of brown muck that’s a combination of dust, pollen, and dirt.  You also might find remnants of a bird’s nest from a nearby tree. In addition to these and depending on the season, you’ll find plenty of flat items that look like helicopter blades as well as acorns never collected by the local squirrels. In fact, if

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How Improper Installation of Gutters Could Lead to Costly Damage

We do things differently at K-Guard especially when it comes to gutter installation versus other gutter options.  The post below summarizes why that is critical when it comes to home maintenance. Where is the Floodplain for my Gutter? Think of a traditional gutter that is overflowing with water.  That “top” is essentially the plain where water will discharge in the event the gutter becomes clogged.  K-Guard is installed above the floodplain which eliminates the possibility of gutter separation from the fascia board and soffit.  You can see a video demonstration of this here in section comparing K-Guard vs. Traditional Gutters.

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Don’t throw away those gutters! They can be used for gardening

In the ongoing struggle to reduce our global footprint, we have been asked to reduce the amount of waste we add to landfills. Hence, the reason we recycle our plastics and glass. Some take it a step further with composting or irrigating their gardens via a water barrel.  Repurpose for the Planet Then there’s the act of repurposing broken or outdated items. When you look at the non-perishable items you discard, many of these can be repurposed. Some of them go to organizations like the Goodwill or a Habitat ReStore. Others are placed in second-hand or consignment stores. And those

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Water Stain on Your Ceiling? The Problem May Be Your Gutters

There’s something you never want to see on your ceiling and it’s not a spider; it’s a water stain. What Does It Mean? A stain can mean several things. The obvious one is there’s a leak in the pipes, particularly if a bathroom is directly overhead. The most common source on an upper floor is a leak in the roof.  Less common is a break in a window’s weather stripping which might allow water to seep in during storms. Or, it can be something that you never considered.  It can be your gutters. How do Gutters Cause Stains? Gutters cause

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How Gutters Can Help Your Sump Pump

The average amount of precipitation that falls across the U.S. per year, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, is approximately 30 inches. Of course, what falls per state and region varies. For instance, Kansas receives approximately 29 inches of rain and snow while Missouri gets over 42 inches. Combined, the Kansas City area receives a combined 50 inches of rain and snow in any given year. That’s good news for lawns and farms but can be an issue for residential homes, particularly if they are in low-lying areas that tend to flood.  This could be especially troublesome if the homeowner hasn’t invested

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What are Splash Blocks and Why Does Your Home Need Them?

Splash blocks are simple devices that sit at the base of your downspouts to aid in precipitation distribution, eliminating water pooling around your home’s foundation. Precipitation distribution During an average rainstorm, your gutters collect a large amount of precipitation. As the channels fill, the water flows into the downspouts. Once it hits the ground there’s really nowhere for it to go other than a large puddle unless you have a splash block. Splash blocks can be made of rubber, concrete, granite, or plastic.  Most have a narrow input point – where the water from the gutter’s downspouts lands – and

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