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Not All Homes Need The Same Gutter Guard

Not All Homes Need the Same Gutter Guard - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNExperience has taught you one size does not fit all. The same is true when it comes to gutter protection. One solution or product does not work for all homes. No one knows how to tailor gutter protection to your home better than The Gutterman of TN. If you live in the Nashville area, you know Gutterman will evaluate your existing gutter system and ensure you have properly functioning gutters and gutter protection. If you are not in Nashville, it’s important to find someone with the same experience and expertise as Gutterman in your area in order to ensure your home is fully protected.

Gutters channel water away from your roof and deflect the water away from your home. Without proper deflection, you run the risk of major and expensive water damage to your home. Gutter protection keeps your gutters from filling up with leaves, debris, water, and even animals and their vestiges. Blocked gutters and underperforming gutter protection also cause water damage and are costly to maintain.

Cleaning out gutters is a time consuming and dangerous job and should not be a DYI project for homeowners. Falls from ladders are one of the leading causes of injuries and are 100% preventable when you make the one time investment to get proper gutter protection. Don’t put yourself at risk or incur the expense of hiring someone to come and clean your gutters, when you can have the proper gutter protection installed and be worry free.

Gutters and their protective components should be tailor made to fit your circumstances and your home. Do you live in an area with lots of rain, ice, snow, trees, or birds and vermin? How is your home situated on your property? All these factors must be considered when choosing the correct gutter protection. Homeowners should also consider gutter protection that comes in a variety of colors to complete your curb appeal, is guaranteed for life, and never clogs which means much less maintenance. When you purchase gutters with these important considerations in mind you will know you have done your due diligence in protecting your home and property.

Finding a professional gutter company that can work with you and recommend the proper gutters for your home, roof, weather conditions, area, and curb appeal is so important. The last thing you want to do is make an investment with a company that provides substandard products or services. There are so many gutter products on the market and some home improvement store clerks may try to lead you to believe that choosing the proper gutter protection is something they can help you purchase. The trouble with following that path is they have not personally been to your home to see the surrounding environment, the roof lines, the condition of the existing gutters, etc.

The Consumer Reports.org shares a video emphasizing the importance of using the proper gutter protection. There are many types of gutter protection. Choosing the wrong type will not only provide the protection you need, but improperly installed gutters may also void the warranty on your roof.

The bottom line is: Do your homework. Reach out to a professional gutter company and get their advice and recommendations after they have visited your home and done a thorough inspection. Check with Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. Ask questions and do not even consider or attempt to install your own gutter protection.

Watch Where You Put Those Downspouts

Watch Where You Put Those Downspouts - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNFor many things in life, it’s what you don’t know that cause you the most problems. When it comes to the proper placement of the downspouts to your home’s gutter system, that “not knowing” can cause you a whole host of structural and financial problems that you never envisioned. The Gutterman of TN, located in Nashville, knows first-hand that simply having down spouts around your house is not the answer to protecting your home from water damage. And most important, improperly placed downspouts actually cause water damage.

Some of you make think that installing your own downspouts is as easy as a trip to the local home improvement store, loading up the back of your truck, and attaching the pipes to your gutters at various intervals around your home and “Viola” you are protected. Be warned, it’s not that easy and there are many other essential considerations that justify and give you cause to hire a professional rather than attempt the project yourself.

Understanding your particular property is first and foremost to effectively place your downspouts. No online website or store clerk can advise you on proper gutter placement since they have not done a thorough on-site evaluation of the grade and pitch of your property, the construction of your home, the position of the structures on the property, or the density of the soil of the ground under and around your property and home. (And you probably aren’t able to evaluate and put into perspective all those important considerations either.)

Waterproof Magazine explains the considerations this way, “The true key to having a dry, enjoyable living space is proper drainage. This is much more than a simple membrane, but involves the eaves, gutters, and downspouts, and extends to landscaping, sprinklers, and even the slope of the ground around the foundation.” They go on to caution, “Many people are amazed when they learn just how much water can run off their roof. One inch of rain falling onto 1,000 sq. ft. of roof translates into more than 600 gallons of water.” The question becomes, where is all that water going to go? Properly placed downspouts are your assurance that all that water is going to be directed into your sewer system and away from your property.

The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors lists improper placement of downspouts and gutters as number three of their Top 10 New Home Defects – New Construction.

The point is, the proper placement of downspouts must take in consideration the various roof levels, overhangs, and porches of your house, the weather conditions of your area, the content and density of your soil, your home’s construction and placement on the property, the hard and soft-scape of your property, as well as the materials used for your gutters. Knowing the answers to those questions and applying the results of that evaluation to the strategic placement of the downspouts involves someone with much more expertise than the average homeowner has or wants to devote the time to learn.

When the integrity of your home is at stake, it just makes sense (dollars and “sense”) to call a professional gutter/downspout installer. If you live in the Nashville area, The Gutterman of TN can provide you with the expertise you need to ensure your downspouts are doing their job to channel water away from your property. Gutterman of TN has an A+ rating from the BBB and a “Super Service Award” from Angie’s List. The gutter company you chose to do business with outside of Nashville should also have the same credentials to ensure your downspouts will be placed properly.