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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]