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 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 […]

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

Ice dam gutter damage

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. […]

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

snow-ice on gutter

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 […]

Gutter Replacement: When is it Time for a New Gutter Installation?

Damaged Gutter

For the most part, gutters are ignored if they work properly. As long as water is filtered through the downspouts without pooling in other areas, then there’s nothing to be concerned about. If you think a small clog has formed, then it’s addressed with a trowel and garbage bag (to collect the debris) or a […]

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

Metal Stone Roof

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 […]

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

Downspout to Underground Drain

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]