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A Clean & Properly Functioning Gutter for the Holidays

When it comes to getting your gutters cleaned, most homeowners underestimate the importance of it. You should really get your gutters cleaned, especially in the winter season as fall brings so much debris and leaves into your gutters. Here’s what you need to know about making sure your gutters are ready for the holiday season.

Why your gutters must be cleaned before the holidays

a man cleaning the guttersThe fall season collects so much debris and leaves in your gutters. If the debris isn’t removed before the winter holidays, it can cause serious problems for your home. Clogs in the gutters or downspouts allow water to pool in your gutters. During the rainy fall weather, that can lead to overflowing gutters to flood your landscaping, walkways, foundations and basements. This can cause water damage to your home sidings, roof windows, and door frames.

When temperatures drop, the water that is trapped inside the gutters to freeze, causing more problems. When your gutters are filled with debris and ice, water that comes off of your warm roof can be forced backward under your roof, causing water damage, rot, and mold to your attic and roof structure.

The dangers of clogged gutters

A gutter that is full of water and debris can cause lots of problems, especially when the temperatures drop. The weight of the ice in the gutter can cause it to sag or fall off entirely. They also cause severe ice dams on your roof. As the warmth of your attic melts rooftop snow, that water flows down toward your gutters. When gutters are too full to accommodate water, this freezes on the edges of your home and builds up heavy layers of ice. This is called the ice dams, on your roof’s edge. Water flowing off your roof can’t flow through the gutters. This can also overflow the gutter’s edge, causing a dangerous buildup of icicles.

Once gutters are cleared, they should be kept that way for the winter! If you don’t want to be stuck pulling leaves and debris out of your gutters in icy, freezing weather, consider installing gutter guards. Gutter guards keep debris out while also allowing water and melted snow to flow through your gutters.

Why your gutters should be inspected for the winter

It’s very important to get your gutters inspected for the winter. Downspouts should be checked to make sure they are attached to the gutter systems and free from debris. The gutters should also be checked for cracks or damage too. Seams and anchors should be checked to ensure that they are securely holding gutters in place. Finally, the exterior of your home including fascia, siding, and landscaping, should be checked. Your gutters aren’t adequately shuttling water away from your home and could be causing damages.

If you need help preparing your gutters for the holidays or address any winter gutter problems, call The Gutterman of TN today! Gutterman, Scott Brasfield, has the experience and the certifications to address any of your gutter needs!

The variety and advantages of using specialty gutters

When it comes to outfitting your home with new gutters, you will find plenty of options available to meet your home’s style and needs. Most people are familiar with conventional gutters. Majority of homes are outfitted with flat-bottomed K-shaped gutters, made from either traditional or seamless aluminum. Whether you’re searching for an unique look for your home or your home has special drainage needs, The Gutterman of TN has a variety of specialty gutters to suit your needs. Here are the variety of advantages of specialty gutters.

Copper gutters & Galvalume gutters

man cleaning the guttersCopper gutters have been increasing in popularity, thanks to their beauty and durability. They have a beautiful orange color that weathers to an antique green over time. They also provide an upscale touch to any home, while also fit with the historical look of older homes. Once installed, copper gutters last for decades, thanks to the natural durability of the metal.

Galvalume gutters have also became a popular choice for homeowners who want the durability of copper gutters at a lower cost. Galvalume gutters are made from a combination of steel, aluminum, and zinc to combat rust and corrosion. In addition to its durability, they lend a modern look to homes, thank their matte silver appearance.

Box gutters & Half round gutters

Box gutter have long been used on industrial buildings, and at one time they were a popular choice for homes as well. They have seen a resurgence as a home gutter option, as homeowners look for a low-profile, contemporary gutter look to recreate the historical home look. Box gutters sit below the roofline as an integrated part of the structure, rather than extending out from the side of the roof. They are a discreet option for homeowners who want the architecture of their rooflines to be the focal point, rather than the gutter system.

While box gutters blend into the roofline, half round gutters stand out, thanks to its unusual shape. Half-round gutters are essentially half pipes that catch the rainwater flowing off the roof to whisk it away from your home. Half-round gutters were some of the earlier gutters, so they are a popular option for older home restorations or historical homes. Half round gutters are able to handle more rainwater, so they also are an excellent specialty gutter option for homeowners with steep roofs that generate more runoff.

Protected gutters

Protected gutters are another specialty gutter option. They feature gutter guards to keep leaves and debris out. This saves homeowners from the problems caused by gutter clogs and from the unpleasant task of cleaning gutters. At The Gutterman, we offer SafeGuard Gutter Guards. It’s made with specialized micromesh to keep even the finest debris out while allowing water to flow easily through it.

If your home is in need of new gutters, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today! We will show you all of the gutter options we have, including traditional gutters and specialty gutters.