When it comes to accessorizing your home, you likely don’t think about the appeal of your gutters. Gutters, after all, are highly utilitarian. You need them to funnel water safely away from your home. In most cases, the goal with gutters is to minimize their appearance so they don’t detract from your roof-line.
However, what if we told you gutters don’t have to be all about function? Gutters can enhance the look of your home. With specialty gutters from The Gutterman, your gutters can do just that!
Get an eye-catching look with copper gutters.
For a historical or high-end look, copper gutters provide a stunning choice. Upon installation, copper gutters have a beautiful russet color. Over time, they develop a patina and their color will keep changing for years to come, always offering a dramatic and beautiful feature along your home’s roof-line. In addition to their beauty, copper gutters also are hailed as one of the most durable gutter options.
Find durability and style with galvalume.
Like copper, galvalume gutters are strong and durable and will hold up for years to come. Galvalume gutters, however, are easier on your home-improvement budget. These gutters feature a zinc and aluminum alloy coating over a stainless steel base. That means the gutters will hold their gunmetal-gray appearance over time with rusting or tarnishing. Galvalume gutters provide a simple, sleek appearance that’s perfect for any modern home.
Hide your gutters with box gutters.
If you prefer a clean roof-line, box gutters can provide the clean, contemporary aesthetic you’re looking for. Box gutters are built into your home’s roof-line, so they blend seamlessly with your home’s eaves. In addition to being a popular choice among homeowners who want a sleek roof-line with nearly invisible gutters, box gutters also are frequently featured on historic homes. At The Gutterman, we also offer 7-inch box gutters to deal with portions of your roof with higher levels of storm-water runoff!
Maintain a historical look with half-round gutters.
We call our 6-inch half-round gutters “classic” for a reason: They are the original gutter, and they are a great choice for homeowners maintaining or trying to recreate a historical aesthetic for their homes. Half-round gutters are particularly common on Victorian homes. At The Gutterman, you will be able to select from a variety of color options to find the right color gutter to complement your home.
If your home is in need of new gutters, or if you are ready to upgrade the look of your roof-line, call The Gutterman of TN to hear more about our specialty gutter options! Remember, when you choose specialty gutters from The Gutterman, you will get gutters that complement the look of your home, in addition to performing their important function of protecting your home from water runoff.
Has frustration over clogged gutters, or the gutter-cleaning process, driven you to search for gutter guards? One that will keep your gutters free from debris without the need for semi-annual cleaning? As you undertake your search for a gutter solution, you will come across two basic types of gutter guards: Micro-mesh and solid-topped guards. So what’s the difference between the two? Which is more effective at keeping gutters free from debris and funneling water away from your home?
Solid-top gutter guards.
The earliest gutter guard technology to emerge was solid-top gutter guards. Most solid-top gutters work like this: A curved solid-top sits over the surface of the gutter, curving back into the gutter on the front edge. As it rains, the surface tension of the rainwater curves around the edge of the gutter guard. Afterward, into the gutter itself. Meanwhile, leaves and other debris are deflected from the top of the gutter guard. Consequently, its unable to make it through the small channel that lets rainwater into the gutter.
While solid-top gutter guards can be effective, they do pose some problems. First, some gutter guards do not have any sort of true barrier for leaves and debris. This means leaves and debris do occasionally make their way into the gutters. Over time, that can cause clogs that need to be manually removed. Second, surface tension must develop for the rain to make its way into the gutter. Thus, solid-top gutter guards don’t always funnel water effectively.
Once the rain starts falling, it can take a while for the surface tension to form and direct water into the gutter. If water hits the top of the gutter guard too swiftly, it overwhelms the small opening in the gutter guard that allows water in, rendering the gutters ineffective. Finally, Solid-top gutter guards are notorious for forming large, dramatic icicles. These can damage the gutters or pose a danger around your home.
Micro-mesh gutter guards.
Micro-mesh gutter guards work on an entirely different technology than solid-top gutter guards. They feature a finely perforated metal surface that sits atop the gutter. The perforations are so fine that they can keep out a grain of sand. When it rains, the micro mesh allows the water to enter the gutter freely. However, any type of debris is blocked from entering the gutter.
Micro-mesh gutter guards solve the problems posed by solid-top gutter guards. They keep all but the tiniest debris out, while still allowing stormwater to enter the gutter. Any particles that do enter the gutters are small enough to be washed away by the rain. Additionally, many models of micro-mesh gutter guards do not have to be installed underneath your shingles. This makes installation easier and preserves any warranties your roof might have.
Ready to protect your gutters? Call The Gutterman!
If you are ready to protect your gutters from debris, while still maintaining their function, call The Gutterman of TN today! We can get your gutters covered with SafeGuard gutter guards, micro-mesh gutter guards that can be installed over your existing gutters or as part of a new gutter system.