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Do I Need Oversized Gutters On My Home?

Do I Need Oversized Gutters - Nashville, TN - Gutterman of TNWhen it comes to gutters, one size does not fit all! The construction and needs of every house are different. In order to function properly and enhance the curb appeal of your home, you need to determine the right gutter for you. The Gutterman of TN uses the finest materials available, Advanced Gutter Systems TM and specializes in gutter installation.

Every homeowner should understand the purpose and structure of gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts channel water away from your structure and prevent water damage. When gutters leak, become blocked, or do not have an adequate capacity to channel water away, structure damage (both on the exterior and interior) to your home can occur, so can damage to the foundation, and soil erosion.

When determining which type gutters are best for your home or building many factors should be considered and you should consult with a gutter professional. The type roof on your home, as well as the climate in your area, your landscaping, and location of your home are all contributing factors when determining which type gutters are best for your home. In his article for the This Old House website, Thomas Baker explains, “Houses with big, steep roofs or those located in climates prone to heavy downpours may need wider gutters and extra downspouts to keep rainwater from overflowing.” Baker offers this example:

Sizing the Gutters

Multiply the drainage area by the roof-pitch factor and rainfall intensity to find out the adjusted square footage. Then use the chart below to see what size gutter you need. (If a roof’s various drainage areas call for different size gutters, go for the biggest one.)

K-Style

  • 5-inch 5,520 square feet
  • 6-inch 7,960 square feet

Half-round

  • 5-inch 2,500 square feet
  • 6-inch 3,840 square feet

For example: A house in Chicago has a roof whose actual drainage area is 1,000 square feet. The 6-in-12 pitch factor (1.1) multiplied by 1,000 yields an effective area of 1,100 square feet. Multiplying that number by the local maximum rainfall intensity (6.8 inches per hour) yields an adjusted square footage of 7,480 square feet. Therefore, this roof should be equipped with 6-inch K-style gutters.

If your run off is greater than the capacity of the charts there are several options including adding additional downspouts. Keep in mind that rectangular downspouts have a greater capacity than round ones. Seven and eight inch gutters are considered custom and available from a professional gutter installer.

The weather plays an important role when determining the correct size of your gutters. If you get substantial rains and ice, your gutters need to have a greater capacity to channel that water away from your home. The gutter experts at Old House advise homeowners,”Unfortunately, gutter systems take more abuse from extreme weather conditions than any other component of the building envelope. They are also subject to damage from ladders and being stepped on, as well as from falling tree limbs and debris. Wider gutters may be required for certain hard surface roofing materials, such as slate and tile, or used on steeply-pitched roofs, to prevent water from shooting over the gutter. Gutters should be positioned tight against roofing materials and the fascia.”

Whether you and your chimney professional determine you need regular or oversized gutters, it is imperative that you consult with and hire a gutter professional to install your gutters and downspouts. Residents of Nashville turn to The Gutterman of TN as the gutter professional they can trust. For more information on gutters, installation, and repairs contact The Gutterman.

Gutter Protection Systems Add Value To Your Home

Gutter Protection Home Value - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNAdding value to your home has a lot to do with curb appeal. Curb appeal is the practice of making your house appealing from the outside, or from the curb. How your home appeals to your neighbors and potential buyers (if your home is on the market) increases the value of your home and makes it worth a lot more. You can increase your curb appeal, and subsequently the value of your home by making sure things are neat and tidy. Unsightly debris and leaky gutters can make your home look messy and dingy, but with a gutter protection system your home can look beautiful with little to no maintenance.

How To Gutter Protection Systems Work?

Gutter protection systems work in several different ways. Firstly, most of these systems prevent leaky gutters and prevent water from leaking up and over the gutter during periods of heavy rain flow. Gutter protection systems have grates or grooves on the top of the gutter, preventing debris from falling into your gutters. When leaves, sticks and pine needs can’t flow into your gutters then your gutters won’t get clogged and water flow isn’t disrupted. The result is a streamlined water flow that properly and efficiently removes the water down your gutters and away from your house.

How Do Gutter Protection Systems Add Home Value?

Gutter protection systems add value to the home by adding curb appeal. When sticks, leaves and other debris can’t get stuck in your gutters, they can’t cause clogs. Clogs create leaks in your gutters, which can make your home look rundown. Debris itself can be unsightly too, so eliminating it can make your home look tidy. If left unattended, gutters can also even grow vegetation, which can make your home look unkempt. Gutter protection systems are great for improving curb appeal because they prevent messes in the first place!

Gutter Protection Systems Are Customizable And Require Little Maintenance

Another great thing about gutter protection systems is that they fit into almost any size gutter system. Gutter protection systems are add-ons that are easily installed into your existing gutters. No replacements are necessary, only a simply design that locks in for complete gutter protection. Homeowners also love that they don’t have to clean out their gutters anymore once they install their custom gutter protection system. Eliminating a spring cleaning task AND increasing your home’s value? Investing in a gutter protection system seems like a no brainer!

Contact The Gutterman Of Tennessee for more information about the different gutter protection systems available to you. The Gutterman can recommend a protection system and help you install it for clean and tidy gutters all year long. Even if your home isn’t on the market, improving your curb appeal can increase your home’s value, which is beneficial for you and your neighbors. When you invest in a complete gutter protection system you are eliminating gutter maintenance and increasing your home’s curb appeal in one easy step. Call The Gutterman to learn more about gutter protection systems today.