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Why Do Gutters Leak?

Do spring storms have water running over — rather than through — your gutters? If your gutters are leaking, it can be an unsettling feeling. Leaking gutters can cause damage to your roof, walls, landscaping, and foundation. If your gutters are leaking this spring, you probably want to figure out why they’re leaking as quickly as possible. There are several common reasons gutters leak.

CracksWhy Do Gutters Leak - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

Even the most durable gutters will develop cracks over time. Galvanized steel gutters especially are susceptible to cracking; freezing temperatures and stress on the steel causes the metal to break down over time. In any gutter system, the most common places to find cracks are where two pieces of gutter come together. Those joints can loosen and eventually leak.

Clogs

The most common cause of leaky gutters is also the easiest problem to resolve: a buildup of debris within the gutter. When gutters become clogged, water isn’t able to run through the gutter system and instead floods over the top of the gutter. Keeping your gutters clean can help save you from gutter leaks. If you hate cleaning your gutters, you can keep them debris free with a gutter guard system.

Holes

Metal gutters can corrode and develop holes that leak. Clogged gutters can lead to this problem; a buildup of rotting leaves can degrade gutter materials and lead to the faster development of holes and leaks.

Failing supports

The hangers that fasten your gutter to your home can begin to pull away from your roofline over time. When that happens, your gutters will sag, sending water pouring over the edges of the gutter.

Improper installation

Leaking gutters can be a sign that your gutters were not properly installed, to begin with. Improperly sized downspouts, downspouts located too close to your home’s foundation and gutter pieces that aren’t properly joined will leak against your home’s foundation. Leaking gutters also can be a sign that your gutters were not properly sized to accommodate the pitch of your roof.

It can be tempting to ignore your leaking gutters. After all, it only leaks when it’s raining, and as soon as the sun shines, the problem goes away. But ignoring your leaking gutters can have disastrous results! Leaking gutters flood water back into your roofline, into your home’s walls and ceilings, and against your foundation! That water can cause mold, mildew and structural damage. The longer you leave leaking gutters unchecked, the more devastating the damage can be!

If you notice your gutters leaking when it rains, call The Gutterman of TN! We can find the source of your gutter leaks and help you to find a gutter solution that restores the function of your gutters and keep your home safe from water damage.

What Are Gutter Guards?

From infomercials to home-improvement ads, gutter guards get a lot of publicity. But what are gutter guards? Do they work? Are all gutter guards created equal?

The term “gutter guard” is applied to a lot of different products. In short, gutter guards are any product that is installed on or in the gutter to keep leaves and debris from collecting in the gutter and preventing water flow. Some gutter guards do the job efficiently and keep your gutters flowing year after year. Other gutter products will slow the buildup of debris but still require some maintenance to keep debris from building up in the gutter. In the end, not all gutter guards are created equal.What are Gutter Guards - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

Types of Gutter Guards

No one likes cleaning out their gutters, but it’s a necessary part of home maintenance. That’s why there are a host of gutter guard products all seeking to prevent homeowners from having to climb ladders and clean leaves, twigs and other debris from the gutters. There are two primary types of gutter guards: Gutter inserts and gutter covers.

Gutter inserts can be long brushes or pieces of foam that are placed inside the gutter. The idea is that water will be able to flow through the gutters while the brush or foam deflects any leaves or debris away from the gutters. The problem with inserts is that while they might keep some larger debris from the gutter, they won’t keep out all debris. Eventually, gutters will clog and require cleaning.

Gutter covers are either reverse-curve guards or micromesh screens. Reverse-curve gutters cover the entire top of the gutter, with the surface curving back into the gutter. These guards rely on the surface tension of water. As it rains, water coats the top of the guard and follows the curved surface into the gutter. While reverse-curve covers can be effective at repelling leaves and debris, they can become overwhelmed in heavy rainstorms or snowmelt, and allow water to flow over the gutters. Mesh gutter covers allow water through the gutter cover while keeping debris out. The effectiveness of mesh gutters depends on the fineness of the mesh.

The SafeGuard Gutter Guard Difference

The Gutterman of TN, we are firm believers in the effectiveness of SafeGuard Gutter Guards. SafeGuard Gutter Guards are different from other gutter guard products on the market. SafeGuard Gutter Guards protect your gutters with a fine stainless steel mesh. The mesh keeps out all but the smallest bits of debris. What does make it through, like tree pollen and roof grit, flows smoothly through the gutters with the rainwater. SafeGuard Gutter Guards keep debris out while still allowing water through, and unlike other gutter guard product, they don’t require periodic cleaning!

If you have heard about gutter guards and wonder if they are right for you, call The Gutterman to set up a consultation today! We can check out your current gutters and help determine the best gutter guard solution for your home.