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As we begin to head into spring here in the Middle Tennessee region, it is a good time to make sure that your home is ready for the rainy days that are ahead of us. Since we have already seen heavy rainfalls this year, your gutters are likely to have been working overtime to keep water away from your home. For the best protection against water penetration, you need a gutter system that is durable enough to withstand the strong storms that occur during this season. Without a dependable gutter system, you risk suffering devastating water damage to several components of your home, such as the windows, doors, fascia boards, the foundation, and even the landscaping. If your gutters have seen better days, you might want to consider replacing them to avoid extensive and expensive home repairs in the near future. For over 14 years, The Gutterman of Tennessee has provided superior professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation services to Nashville and its surrounding area. Because owner Scott Brasfield specializes in custom tailoring a solution to meet your specific needs, you can count on personalized services that will be right for your home and your budget. Along with our exclusive Advantage Gutter System services, we also offer a variety of specialty gutters, which include beautiful and strong copper gutter systems. Not only is copper one of the most durable metals, but it also can give your home remarkable curb appeal with its ever-changing beauty. We would like to tell you more about the advantages of copper gutters to help you understand why they are such a smart investment in your home.
According to the article “Gutters of Copper: The All-Time Classic” in the magazine Metal Roofing, copper has the best and longest track record than any other building material that is commonly used today. Although it is not clear as to the first time that copper was used in building construction, archeologists in Northern Egypt discovered in 1999 a water transport system from 2505 BC which consisted of wrought copper pipes. What makes this metal so durable is how it protects itself from corrosion damage. When this metal has been exposed to the elements for years, it develops a lining that keeps it from rusting and from suffering other types of deterioration. Known as a Verdigris Patina, this lining makes it possible for a copper gutter system to last for as long as 100 years or even longer. Although the average time for this to occur is between 15 and 20 years, you will know when this lining has developed when the color of your gutters is transformed into a shade of green.
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Not only will the Verdigris Patina protect your copper gutters from becoming damaged by rusting and other types of corrosion, but it will also add elegance and beauty to the exterior of your home. One of the best qualities of copper is how well its appearance coordinates with other types of natural building materials, such as stone, wood, and clay. You should keep in mind that the color of your copper gutters will be transformed over the next couple of decades during the weatherization process from the shiny and bright shade of a brand new penny to deeper hues of brown, then to bluish glows, and finally, to tones of green. The reason why this metal changes color has to do with how the oxygen in the air reacts with the copper sulfate on its surfaces. Although many homeowners love this color transformation, you can keep your copper gutters looking brand new by regularly buffing them with commercial cleaning products or even with homemade cleaners made from lemon juice and vinegar.
Another advantage of installing copper gutters to protect your home from water damage is that this metal is a natural algaecide fungicide, which means that you will not have to worry about moss and other types of growth clogging the gutters. Additionally, the installation of copper gutters does not require expansion joints because of its low thermal coefficient expansion. Gutters made from other types of metal materials will increase and decrease in size as the temperature changes throughout the year, and this can cause the gutters to buckle and crack over time. While copper gutters may be expensive to initially install, this type of system is a smart investment because you will not have to spend as much money on repairs and replacements in the future.
As a homeowner, one of your most important responsibilities is protecting your home from water penetration damage, and in order to keep your home as safe and dry as possible, you need a strong and durable gutter system. If you are looking for the best gutters for your house, The Gutterman of Tennessee is here to help you find the type of system that works with your home and with your budget. To learn more about the advantages of copper gutters, contact us today to schedule an appointment. You can count on Scott Brasfield to give you unsurpassed service and quality.
Although the weather can be impossible to predict from one week to the next here in the Middle Tennessee region, one thing that you can always count on is a lot of rain during the season of spring. In order to ensure that your gutter system will be able to withstand the rainwater, it is essential to follow a simple maintenance routine during the winter. Knowing the right steps to take during the coldest months of the year can prolong the life of your gutter system and help it to protect your home and its foundation for years. For over 14 years, Scott Brasfield has specialized in residential rain gutter and gutter guard systems in the Nashville area with his company, The Gutterman of Tennessee. No matter what type of gutter services that you may need, you can count on Scott to make sure that you are completely satisfied with his work and the performance of your gutter system. The Gutterman of Tennessee is independently owned and operated by Scott Brasfield, therefore, you will be able to directly deal with him throughout the process. His mission is to solve your gutter and water drainage problems, which is why he offers the exclusive Advantage Gutter & Roofing System that includes SafeGuard gutter guards to keep debris out of your gutters so that they can properly function. He also loves to share maintenance tips with his customers to help them take care of their gutter systems all through the year, and we would like to tell you more about the best steps to follow during the winter months.
Make sure that your gutters are cleared of debris.
When leaves, twigs, and other types of debris are clogging your gutters, they are unable to drain properly, and this can lead to water pooling by the foundation of the house, which increases the risk for water leak damage to your home. Although you can use a pressure washer instead of having to climb on a ladder to scoop out the debris with a garden trowel or a gutter scoop, The Gutterman of Tennessee provides professional gutter cleaning services to take care of this essential task for you. We can also update your gutter system with the SafeGuard gutter guard system that will keep debris from being able to get in and clog your gutters.
Take a look at the seams and anchors of your gutter system.
In their article “Winter Gutter Maintenance,” HGTV suggests that you look for any gaps between the gutters and the fascia board, which is mounted at the point where the roof meets the exterior walls of your house. Your gutter system should be securely attached to this board by gutter spikes. If you notice that any of the gutters are starting to pull away and become unattached to the fascia board, contact The Gutterman of Tennessee as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for his professional gutter repair services.
Inspect your home for any structural damage.
Water leaks can cause extensive and expensive damage to the structure of your home, and if your gutters are clogged or damaged, your home and its foundation are at a higher risk of water penetration issues. Signs of structural damage caused by gutter problems include staining and rotting of the fascia board, siding, and the foundation. The Gutterman is here to help you to diagnose the source of the water leak if you spot any damage, and he can make any necessary repairs to protect the structural integrity of your home.
Check to see if water from rain and melted ice and snow are properly diverted from your home.
You will want to take a look at the downspouts and the diverters of your gutter system to see if they are redirecting water onto a downward slope at least ten feet away from the foundation of your home. It is very important that water is not pooling and is flowing away from your house. Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water; however, HGTV recommends that you detach the downspout from your rain barrel until the return of warmer weather. You could also add a hose to the drain of your barrel that will ensure that the pass-through water is directed away from the house.
Knowing the right type of gutter maintenance steps to take during the winter months will help you keep your home and its foundation safe from water leak issues. If you find any signs of damage to your existing gutter system or any signs of water damage to your home, contact us as soon as possible at The Gutterman of Tennessee. We are here for any of your professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation needs. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your gutter system, do not hesitate to give Scott a call.
As we begin to head into the new year, the weather will get even colder here in the Middle Tennessee region, and homeowners across the area are busy making sure that their homes can withstand brutally cold temperatures. Water damage to homes can worsen significantly during the winter because of freeze/thaw cycles, and this type of damage can deteriorate into even more problems that could even jeopardize the safety of your family. One of the most important preventive measures against water damage to your home is your gutter system. Without a strong gutter system, the foundation of your home is at risk of water penetration damage. Additionally, ice can expand inside your gutters and cause damage to the fascia, roof, and gutter system itself. The home maintenance experts at HGTV recommend that homeowners have their gutters professionally cleaned and inspected every year before the arrival of winter. For over 14 years, The Gutterman of Tennessee has provided the Nashville area with superior professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation services, and you can trust us to make certain that your gutter system is tough enough to protect your home this winter. We would like to tell you more about the importance of a durable gutter system as well as what you can expect from our professional gutter maintenance services.
What exactly does my gutter system do?
The most important function of gutters is to divert water from rain and melted ice and snow away from your home. Without a durable and strong gutter system, your home is at risk for multiple types of damage, such as rotting or mold of the roof and its components, basement flooding, and foundation erosion. Typically installed along the eave edges and dormers on the roof, gutters collect and direct rainwater into downspouts that carry it from the roof to the ground, away from the foundation of your home.
What kind of damage can winter weather do to my gutter system?
When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, ice begins to form inside your gutters, and this can build up into blockages that keep melted ice and snow from being drained properly through the downspouts. If you notice long icicles hanging from your gutters, this is a clear sign that ice buildup is blocking your gutters. This type of blockage can lead to the gutters becoming loose and falling from your home. Ice dams are another problem that The Gutterman of Tennessee has seen when repairing gutter systems across the region each winter. As snow builds up on your roof, the heat from your house can warm your roof enough to start to melt the snow, but when the temperature remains below freezing, the runoff will refreeze to create an ice dam. This can lead to moisture leaking underneath the roof shingles into the plywood, which can cause rotting damage to the roof, fascia, and soffit.
How can The Gutterman of Tennessee protect my gutter system from winter weather damage?
According to HGTV, the most important maintenance service to make sure your gutters are strong enough to handle winter weather is to have them cleaned of debris. When The Gutterman of Tennessee performs this annual service, you can count on us to remove every bit of debris from your gutters, inspect the seams and anchors to make sure your gutters are attached securely, look for signs of water damage to the fascia, siding, and foundation, and make sure that the downspouts and diverters direct water at least ten feet from the foundation of your home. If any problems are found, you can count on us to explain the damage to you as well as talk to you about the variety of options you have for repairs or replacement. If you are considering making an update to your gutter system, ask our owner, Scott Brasfield, about why he thinks SafeGuard is the best system that you can buy. We offer a wide range of specialty gutters, and since Scott’s mission is to solve your gutter and water drainage problems, he will work with you to customize a gutter system that is perfect for your home. If you would like the ultimate protection against water penetration damage, Scott offers the exclusive Advantage Roofing & Gutter System. This system gives you complete and customized water deterrence care, and The Gutterman of Tennessee is always here to take care of any problem you may have with this and every gutter system.
Can your gutters stand up to brutally cold winters with lots of snow and ice? Contact us today at The Gutterman of Tennessee to schedule your appointment for our professional gutter maintenance service. You can depend on Scott Brasfield and his team to make absolutely certain that your gutter system is strong enough for winter weather. We are here for any of your professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation needs.
If you are shopping for a gutter system, you may be looking for something that sets your home apart from the other houses in your neighborhood. For over a decade, the Gutterman of Tennessee has provided specialty gutter system installation and repair services to Nashville and the greater Middle Tennessee region. We can help you with a gutter system that meets the specific needs of your home and your budget. Our specialty gutter options include galvalume and copper gutter systems that are not only durable but also decorative. We would like to tell you more about the advantages of both copper and galvalume gutter systems.
If you want to add value and curb appeal to your home, a copper gutter system is an excellent investment. Not only is copper one of the most durable metals, but it looks just as beautiful after it develops a patina over time as it does brand new. According to This Old House, copper will start to oxidize in a few months to a matte shade of brown, and the color eventually transforms over the next decade into a bluish-green patina. One of the best advantages of a copper gutter system is that it will never rust. Although copper is more expensive than most materials, you will save money in the long run because your gutter system will not become cracked from corrosive damage within a couple of decades. The Gutterman from Tennessee can show you the options you have with copper gutter systems as we offer the classic half-round and the more modern box gutter styles. You can count on us to not only make sure that you get not only the most durable gutter system but also the most attractive look for your home.
If you love the durability of copper but wish that you had the budget for it, The Gutterman of Tennessee recommends considering the more affordable galvalume gutters. Made from galvanized steel that has been coated in a zinc-aluminum alloy, galvalume gutters should stay rust-free for over a decade. When maintained properly, this type of gutter system can be just as durable as a copper system. While galvalume gutters will not develop a lovely patina over the years, the zinc-aluminum coating is a neutral shade of gunmetal that is very understated.
You can count on the Gutterman of Tennessee to show you the variety of specialty gutter options you have for your home. We are happy to help you find the best gutter system for your needs that fits your budget. Contact us today to make an appointment for our professional gutter installation services.
Many homeowners tend to take their gutter systems for granted and not spend much time thinking about maintenance, but neglecting clogged gutters can lead to expensive home repair work. According to Quicken Loans, failing to have damaged gutters replaced can result in home foundation repairs that could cost as much as $10,000. For over 14 years, Scott Brasfield has taken care of the gutter systems across the Middle Tennessee region as The Gutterman of Tennessee, and you can count on him to keep your foundation and other parts of your home safe from water damage. Knowing the signs of a damaged gutter system can be helpful in keeping your home protected from water drainage issues. We would like to share with you some of the most common signs that can alert you to contact The Gutterman for gutter replacement services.
If you notice that a section of your gutter system has started to sag and even pull away from your home, it is a clear sign that it is time to replace your gutters. Typically, gutters will only sag when they have become too heavy because they are overloaded from leaves, debris, and even standing water. When your gutters are sagging, it is impossible for them to function properly, and you should contact The Gutterman of Tennessee as soon as possible.
You may have noticed a small crack or split on your gutters, but since it did not seem very large, you figured that it was not that big of a deal. However, these small cracks and splits will get bigger over time, especially during the colder months of the year. Every time the temperature drops below freezing, water will turn into ice and expand inside those cracks and splits, and when the weather warms up, your gutters will become even more cracked and damaged. As soon as you spot even the tiniest crack in your gutters, we recommend contacting The Gutterman to stop even more extensive damage from occurring.
You should always keep an eye out for stains and discoloration developing on or around your gutter system. If you notice that orangish stains have started to appear, this is a sign of corrosion damage, and you will need to replace your gutters. If you spot any dark spots on your gutter system, these can be indications of mold or mildew growth, which should alert you to the fact that your gutters are not functioning as they should be. As soon as you notice any type of stains on your gutters, contact The Gutterman of Tennessee to keep your home safe from water damage.
As the exclusive provider of the Advantage Gutter System in the Middle Tennessee area, The Gutterman of Tennessee can easily solve your damaged gutter problems. If you have noticed any of these signs that your gutters need to be replaced, contact us to make an appointment for our professional gutter repair services.