If you’ve felt like this one of the wettest years in Colorado history, you’re spot-on. With 2019 proving to be the wettest year in recent Colorado history — and the United States as a whole just wrapping up its wettest 12 months — your rain gutters are certainly being put to the test. So how can you best equip yourself to handle the weather, especially with the Colorado snow and ice right around the corner?
This year, Colorado’s Front Range (Fort Collins, Denver, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and surrounding areas) has seen more precipitation than in all of 2018! In 2018, the area saw approximately 8.5 inches, while this year, totals are currently at more than 12.5 inches, marking the highest annual precipitation amount since 2015.
When it comes to your rain gutters, those numbers can add up and cause worry for you, the homeowner. So if you’re looking at choosing the right rain gutters, you need to consider why gutters are so important when it comes to protecting your home.
Why Rain Gutters are so Important
Simply put, rain gutters play a critical role in protecting your home because they carry water away from your home. Long-term, water damage can have lasting negative effects. It can cause erosion of the soil, leading to shifts in the foundation of your home. Additionally, water can leak into your basement, causing irreparable damage to your walls and valuables. This leakage leads to cracks in your walls, your ceilings and flooding.
Furthermore, you can potentially face health concerns as well as structural concerns. Mold formation is another result of water damage to your home, which can negatively impact the health of your whole family. Water provides an ideal environment for mold to grow, which can cause major health issues for you and your family if left untreated or unnoticed.
Many factors come into play when selecting the right rain gutters, but especially with Colorado’s Front Range seeing so much precipitation and the negative long-term effects of water damage, the protection rain gutters offer should be at the top of that list. K-Guard’s gutter system is unmatched when it comes to this protection. Here’s why:
Larger Downspout Size
K-Guard’s 4”x3” downspout size is larger than the traditional size of 2”x3”. This enables K-Guard’s gutters to catch 40% more rainfall than other systems, up to 22” of rain per hour. Considering the high precipitation levels of 2019, you will want this capability in your rain gutters.
Hood Versus Filter
Gutter filters are one way to protect gutters. Filters sit overtop your gutter, catching larger debris and funneling water through. While the largest objects will stay out, this is a far-from-ideal solution. Filters not only will need to be cleared of larger debris on a regular basis, they can also create a filter “shelf.” This shelf will catch large debris, but small debris such as seeds and sand can still make its way through the filter. Seasonal maintenance is a clear downside to filters, which can still clog and cause damage.
K-Guard offers a truly maintenance-free solution. When you choose K-Guard rain gutters, you’re choosing a smooth, interlocking design, which eliminates debris from falling into your gutters. The hood is a metal piece that allows debris to fall over it (not through it!), only allowing water to flow into your gutter and away from your home.
Strength and Durability
K-Guard’s rain gutter system includes high-strength, weather-resistant hangars. These hangars are positioned every 24” on your home, and that means you have stability that traditional gutter systems do not offer. With these hangars, you no longer need to worry about bent or sagging gutters. They protect your gutters from front to back.
All gutters require maintenance, right? Wrong. K-Guard’s system, because of its solid construction and design, comes with a 100% clog-free guarantee. While all other rain gutter systems, including those with a filter, require semi-annual maintenance, K-Guard provides peace of mind with no maintenance required.
Whether you’re in Pueblo, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs or Denver, you can rest easy when you hear those thunderstorms rolling through Colorado’s Front Range — because you will know your K-Guard rain gutter system will protect your home. Take the first step toward that protection by contacting us today for your free in-home estimate.