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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Commercial Gutters for Your Home?

Why and When it May Make Sense We at K-Guard are extremely proud of our patented leaf free gutter system. In Kansas City and across the country we’ve installed over 32 million linear feet of gutter to the satisfaction of our customers. We know the K-Guard system is the most advanced leaf-free gutter system on the market. However, in some cases, K-Guard may not be the best solution.  Perhaps it’s due to the home’s design or the region’s unique weather conditions. In these situations, instead of residential gutters, commercial versions could be needed for your home. How Commercial Gutters Differ

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Architectural Differences in Guttering

Advantage and Disadvantages to the most common Gutter Options Gutters are an important part of any home, not only for the purpose of evacuating water from the roof and foundation, but gutters also play a key aesthetic role for the home’s architecture. This is particularly true for specialty designed and older residences. This article describes the most common types of gutters and what you need to know about each to determine if it makes sense for your home. Here is the breakdown: Yankee Gutters While most gutters today are installed at the roofline or above the flood plain, Yankee Gutters

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Top Considerations to go Local or National for Your Home Improvement Project

Home improvement, instead of purchasing a new residence, continues to keep vacancy levels at an all-time low in Kansas City and across the country. According to the site Fixr, the estimated cost of home improvement in 2018 reached close to $200 billion. Kansas and Missouri represented approximately $6 billion of that cost. Some of the renovation investments came from individuals handling improvements on their own. The rest were comprised of home owners who reached out to contractors for their upgrades. They look for the right organization or individual that performs the task within the budget and in a short period

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Half Round Gutters: Top Reasons to Avoid Them

There’s a specific reason why our leaf free system is named K-Guard. In the industry, the angled, aluminum units we use are called K-style gutters. The idea for this seamless gutter concept was created nearly four decades ago. Today, they account for over 80% of units installed on homes. What are Half Round Gutters? Prior to the arrival of the seamless gutter machine in the late 1960s, other types of systems were utilized to catch and drain rainwater. On older homes, much of this was done by half round gutters. The system is as its named. It features a smooth,

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