Downspouts 101

Gutter systems, no matter which system you choose, have relatively the same basic parts: the actual gutter, downspout, elbows, end cap, etc. Each part plays an integral role in draining rain and ice melt away from your home.  One of the most important parts to a gutter system is the downspout. Do you know exactly how they work and what role they play in your gutter system? Do you know how to properly clean and maintain them so they effectively drain water away from your home?  If you answered “no” to any of the questions above, don’t worry! We’re here

How to Deal with and Prevent Ice Dams

While winter weather can create some beautiful scenery, it can also cause extensive and costly damage to your home, especially your gutters, if you’re not prepared. Sleet, ice storms and snow are some of the many different types of extreme winter weather conditions that we experience here in the Heartland. What’s one of the worst winter weather culprits that causes damage to your gutters? Ice dams. What are Ice Dams? Ice dams are thick pieces of ice that collect around the edges of sloped roofs. They form when heat produced from inside a house melts the accumulated snow on a

How Do I Keep My Gutters from Being Damaged by Snow?

Winter Has Its Gutter Challenges In the colder months, it’s not only harder to clean and maintain gutter systems but also more dangerous. Chipping ice dams from roofs might cause eye and face damage. Ladder rungs can ice up and lead to serious falls. Same for cleaning your roof of snow after a recent storm. Furthermore, there’s no stopping snow accumulation in your gutters if storms come one after another. In those situations, the weight increase and development of blockages could bring a gutter system down. In turn, damage will be inflicted on your roof, siding, soffit, and fascia. Keeping

How Do I Keep My Gutters from Freezing in the Winter?

Today we’re going to talk about gutter protection during the winter. Whether it’s on the way or already here, the months of colder temperatures can do more damage to your gutters than in any other season. The reason? It’s the period of time when all of the elements come together. For instance: Heavy snows accumulate in the gutters to increase the weight on the hangers Strong winds pound against the system to further loosen screws and other fasteners Fluctuations in sunlight and temperatures cause a thaw-freeze process Ice dams are created due to accumulated precipitation and debris that remain in

Gutter Guards, Covers, and Filters: The Differences and How They Compare to the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System

There is a lot of noise about gutter protection.  Filters, covers, hoods, helmets – it can be confusing when educating yourself on the differences. With all the variety in the Kansas City market and across the U.S., you’re not sure which way to go when it comes to protecting your gutter systems. What are the pros and cons of each? We’re going to help you out by comparing the differences between gutter guards, covers, and filters and screens. Gutter Guards Guards completely cover the gutters to block debris from entering the channels. In turn, their goal is to allow precipitation