K-Guard Review


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Our Ratings


Price w/ Installation (3/5)

Price is dependent on the commissioned sales representative.

Effective Protection Coefficient (2/5)

K Guard is relatively poor due to the lack of surface tension effectiveness in low velocity rains.  Debris is dragged into the gutter.

Industry Reputation (3/5)

This product was developed over 35 years ago by a seamless gutter machine company and was re-invented by another seamless gutter machine company as K-Guard and also Gutter Guard.  The configurations are similar in that they both are complete gutter/gutter protection systems and use the reverse curve technology that was patented in 1908 by George Cassens. Newer technologies have developed replacing reverse curve.

Strength (4/5)

The strength of this system is fairly decent compared to thin sheet metal systems, but to clean the system one must either pull down the bottom half and bend back or lift the top and bend back.

Water Throughput (2/5)

In heavy rains, over-shooting will occur.  There is no way that surface tension can roll the water in the open slot.  Likewise, mild to weak rains will cause debris to be dragged into the gutter causing clogging and plants to grow in the gutter.  If you have that perfect volume of rain, always demonstrated by the sales representative, the system appears fine.

Durability (2/5)

K Guard is fairly durable.  With metal  thickness of about …. 0.27”


Overall (2.0/5.0)


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Discussion

  1. Rick Mitchell  May 15, 2011

    You left out the worst thing about the K-Guard/GutterGuard product. It is designed to have water flow backwards towards the house and forward. It has a dual waterway hood that has a small opening in the rear of the hood to allow water to flow in. This little opening can very easily get clogged with pine needles, leaves and debris. When or if that occurs, where does the water go, when it is trying to go backwards but can’t? That’s right, it will climb the clog and flow back into the fascia and soffit area, causing wood rot. Why would anyone in their right mind want to have a system installed on their house that they knew the water was designed to flow backwards towards the houses fascia, soffit, roof decking and roof joist? The only gutter systems that make sense are drawing the water away from the home, not towards. It just does not make any sense.

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    • John  January 22, 2014

      30 years Exp Installer well said buddy!!

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  2. Dee  August 4, 2011

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  3. NCR  August 9, 2011

    @Dee,

    we are in the process of doing a review of KGuard vs Gutterglove vs GutterDome vs LeafGuard – care to expand of how you think the KGuard will preform (or should we say fail) when it is compared side to side? Or should we hear from some of your past customers?

    “Bassett Gutters Their customer warranty is below par. The gutters have a tendency to leak at the corners which can lead to wood rot. I had them out numerous times to take care of the leaks but they never seemed to be able to stop all the leaks. In the end, some facia boards rotted and needed to be replaced. They were willing to remove the gutters so the rotted facia boards could be replaced but would not pay for the facia board replacement….. ”

    “We had the front gutters of our house replaced with the kguard system because of heavy tree cover. My wife and I have spent years on the landscaping around our house and in a few short hours these installers ruined much of the work around the front of my house. There are noticeable touch ups where they scratched the finish on the gutters and had to spray them. With the prices they expect you to pay I certainly expected more professional behavior from the employees hired to put these gutters on. I’m disappointed and do not plan to recommend to my own neighbors. “

    Quote Source: Google Place (retrieved 8/9/2011)

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    • John  January 22, 2014

      Back side of gutter needs to wraped around corner 1 to 1 1/2 inches then 2 .. 1 to 1 1/2 inch screws .. not Nails or zips…. pre seal the Miter then seal after its Installed and Make sure you seal all the way up to the top on the fascia then flash….If done right wont leak for the 20 to 30 yrs….Ive Installed this product many times….lets some debrie inside…if gutters are slightly over pitched it should flush itself out but if gutters are Level or Back pitched debrie will float through out the gutter and cause clogging …..also Outlets for Downspouts Must me riveted otherwise zips will hold leaves….ect….Overall Not a Bad Product…If Installed Properly …so just hope you get the right Installers …and the Company stands behind there warranty . not so good with Inside Valleys …….This Product is Heavly Marketed and Sales man makes $500 to $600 comm…and company makes $1000 to $1200 per Job on ..adverage …..this all comes from a gutter Installer with 30 years exp and 12 years with Many gutter cover companies …..Good Luck, Homeowners , Johns Gutter Service John owner/ operator/ Installer

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  4. Dee  November 15, 2011

    My first response would be why out of 5 reviews you would choose to post the only 2 with any negativity, second when you service thousands of clients a year, you are almost guaranteed to have an issue or two, as in the second review, I do take some issues with this review, install less than 6 months old at time of post, primed facia could not rot that quick. K Guard is a great product, the best in my opinion, and when installed properly will out perform any other system on the market. Over 20,000 North Carolina consumers can’t be wrong.

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  5. Adam K  August 23, 2012

    I have to say I’ve had the K Guard system for over a year now, and I have not had a problem with it at all. I have over 260ft of the gutter hung around my house and I feel it is doing the job that its supposed to do. The only problem that I need a k guard rep to come back out for was a down spout. Other then that for the price I paid I’m getting the preformance that met and surpassed what I was looking for. It was well worth it.

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  6. frank  November 17, 2012

    I have K guard so do my parents they had it for 7 years now works fine,my neighbor after seeing how it works on my house got he likes

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  7. john  November 17, 2012

    I have gutter glove on my house waist of money,in the winter when the rain freezes on them ice saperates the screens then they become easily clogged and water runs over the gutter don’t waist your money

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    • Hank  May 24, 2013

      You need to learn how to spell. Waste not waist – separates not saperates.

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  8. tom  November 18, 2012

    If your thinking of getting screens here is what you should no
    all screens are coming out with now are stainless steel screens ,stainless steel will rust don’t take my word for it call around and ask suppliers who sell different types of stainless steel they will tell you if constant water runs over them they will rust will take about 3 years if close to salt water less then a year ,also screen don’t hold up to the elements snow and ice destroy them, give that some thought before you buy screens

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  9. Joe  December 20, 2012

    K-Guard work except they accumulate dirt on the top and edges due to the low flow of water. By the time a heavy storm comes the dirt has attached itself and won’t wash off. So once a year I have to clean them at least on the front of the house. The back is about 3 stories up so they just stay dirty.

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  10. tode  January 19, 2013

    I no the FTC is looking into gutter glove practices about comparing other products with no evidence to support there clams this web site is back bye gutter glove, i will keep you in form of there decision

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    • NCR  January 21, 2013

      tode,

      I believe you are speaking of this page: gutterguardreview.com , although we cannot 100% attribute that this page is owned by GutterGlove we do have sources that confirm it, moreover Gutterglove is as well reported to host a number of blogs and publications that review Gutterglove’s products in a rather one sided light.

      This happened right after we concluded (and demonstrated) that within the 2012-2013 test cycle another product performed much better than Gutterglove.

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  11. All Exteriors  May 3, 2013

    As an owner of All Exteriors, we install K-Guard. I would like to comment on some of the ratings and comments on this site.
    1. Price: The price is NOT dependant on the commission sales rep. At All Exteriros, the owners are the sales people and make no commission- the price is set and the only thing that fluctuates with the price is the discounts being offered.
    2. K-Guard can not be compared to add on systems because it is a complete seamless replacement system. Make sure you know what you are looking for and at.
    3. Any system that has an opening to allow for water to accumlate takes the risk of deris getting inside- The K-Guard system comes with a NO CLOG warranty for that exact reason. IF any debris does get inside the gutter, it will wash out with the next rain; IF it does clog because of any tree debris we will clean the gutters for FREE. With over 35 million feet installed nationwide; these issues are very few and far between.
    4. The is no such thing as the PERFECT leaf protection system. But there are better systems that others. WE NEVER TOUCH YOUR ROOF!!! This is really key when choosing a leaf protection. K-Guard was designed to keep the leaves and debris out of your gutters and protect your roof by not lifting your shingles for installation.

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  12. Judith  August 30, 2013

    We have had our Kguard gutters for about 15 mos. They seem to do the job as far as the leaf protection BUT they make so much noise and no one will believe us except friends and family. We have called many times to ask what can be done with no response. When the temp is warm and no clouds in the sky, they do OK. Then on a day with partly cloudy and temp changes, they are so loud with the popping that it is embarrassing to be outside. We finally got in the car and went to another county to talk to Basset face to face. They were nice and we were extremely nice. They were to have the owner call us with a solution to this problem. Instead, the office lady called and said the owner wants us to call Kguard. He didn’t even have the nerve to call us back. We cant sell the house like it is. No one in their right mind would live like we have for 15 mos. Anyone know what can be done before we have to get another company to replace them?

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    • John  January 22, 2014

      Mabey you have Ghost :P

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