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If you have noticed that sections of your gutter system are clogged, sagging, or damaged in another way, it is important to take care of the repairs as soon as you can to avoid more extensive damage. Without functioning gutters, certain parts of your home, such as the foundation, are at a much higher risk for suffering from water damage, and this type of damage can be more expensive to repair as it deteriorates. As the most trusted gutter expert in the Nashville area, The Gutterman of Tennessee offers professional standard and specialty gutter installation, design, repair, and maintenance services, and we can help you find the right type of gutter and gutter protection system for your home and your budget. Owner Scott Brasfield has 25 years of experience with every aspect of home improvement, including windows, roofing, and siding, and he has specialized in home gutter systems for over 14 years. Gutters not only serve an essential function of directing water away from your home, but they can also add beauty and curb appeal to the exterior of your home, particularly if you choose a copper gutter system for your home. We would like to tell you more about why you should consider upgrading your gutter system to copper gutters and how copper gutter guards can help keep your system protected for years.
What are the advantages of copper gutters?
Although a gutter system manufactured from copper is much more expensive than a system made from other metals, it can be a smart home investment because it will last for a lifetime because copper is so durable. According to the Copper Alliance [https://www.copper.org/education/c-facts/facts-print.html], this metal has played an important role in architecture and building for thousands of years because it is so strong, elegant, and low maintenance. As copper ages, it develops a patina, which is an attractive bluish-green lining that will protect your gutters from suffering from rusting and other types of corrosion damage. Also known as a Verdigris Patina, this lining typically takes about 20 years to develop. Even though many people love the look of the patina, you also have the option of keeping your copper gutters shiny and bright by having them cleaned on a regular basis. Another advantage of choosing copper gutters is that this metal naturally keeps algae and fungi from developing on your system. This plays a big role in keeping your gutters working properly because this reduces the number of clogs that can develop in your system. When your gutters become clogged, it can lead to them sagging and breaking away from your home. Damaged gutters may even direct water towards your home instead of away as they are meant to do.
What can I expect from The Gutterman of Tennessee’s copper gutter services?
From your first consultation appointment with The Gutterman of Tennessee, you will receive personalized services directly from our owner, Scott Brasfield, who will begin by showing you the copper gutter options that are available. No matter what questions you may have, you can depend on us to do whatever we can to answer your questions and address any of your concerns. In order to provide you with the best customer service possible throughout this process, you will be given Scott’s cell phone number so that you will be able to directly deal with him at all times. It is very important to us that you are totally satisfied with our work and the performance of your new gutter system. We specialize in providing services that have been customized to your home and its needs as well as to your budget. If you feel that copper gutters are just too expensive, we also offer galvalume gutter systems that will last just as long as copper at a fraction of the cost. With a gunmetal appearance from their aluminum and zinc coating, this type of gutter is manufactured from steel and will not change its coloring over time.
You can also count on Scott to ensure that your home has the ultimate protection against water penetration and damage. He has been providing professional home improvement services for over 25 years, and his experience has taught him about where every weak spot is located as well as which corners are often cut by roofers and contractors. You can depend on Scott to make sure that your gutters are functioning seamlessly with your roof and to make honest recommendations about what is needed to protect your home. We are proud to offer the option to install gutter guards onto your gutter system that will keep leaves and other debris from clogging the system. No matter what materials you choose for your gutter system, we can install gutter guards that align perfectly with your gutters.
When it comes to copper gutters, The Gutterman of Tennessee has the experience and understanding to handle any installation and repair of a copper gutter system on any home in the Middle Tennessee region. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with our owner, Scott Brasfield. We are here for any of your professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation needs.
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.
Attractive Curb Appeal
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.
Known as the “Cadillac of roofing,” metal shingles are definitely more expensive than asphalt and other options of roofing materials; however, when installed by a licensed professional, these roofing systems typically are worth the upfront investment because they are backed by a lifetime warranty. This peace of mind is just one of the benefits of metal shingle roofing. If you need to update your roof, The Gutterman of Tennessee would like you to consider our professional metal shingle roofing services. For over 14 years, The Gutterman of Tennessee has been proud to provide a variety of professional gutter and roofing maintenance, repair, and installation services to the Nashville area, and you can count on us to take care of your home. We only sell and install EDCO steel roofing, which is widely known as the most durable metal roofing available. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about the advantages to metal shingle roofing and how it can improve your home.
Increase Energy Efficiency with UV Reflection
When you own a home, one of the smartest ways to save money on utilities is to cool your home as efficiently as possible. One of the biggest benefits of metal shingle roofing is that it is UV reflective, which means that it will not absorb any heat from the sun. In fact, The Gutterman of Tennessee recommends this type of roofing because it can save you as much as 40 percent of your utility costs this summer. Plus, since the energy efficiency of your new metal shingle roof will not decrease over time, you will save money on your utility bills every summer. Many of our customers are surprised that they never have to worry about it being too uncomfortably hot in their homes. We promise that you will not have to run your AC all day after we install a new roof with EDCO steel shingle materials.
Protect Your Home from the Elements of Weather
The Gutterman of Tennessee serves homes across the Middle Tennessee region, and we know exactly how damaging Mother Nature can be. You can depend on metal shingle roofing to be resistant to water damage, including leaks, mildew, mold, cracking, peeling, and chipping. Strong thunderstorms in this area can also mean possible tornado threats, but your home will be safe with an EDCO steel roof because this material can withstand wind speeds up to 160 miles per hour. This type of roofing is also resistant to termites and rodents. Although you may think that a metal roof may increase your risk of a lightning strike, this material will intercept any lightning that comes towards your home. Additionally, steel is non-combustible, which means if lightning were to hit your home, you would not be in danger of a roof fire. A metal roof is so strong and durable when it comes to weather events that many home insurance companies offer a discount when you install an EDCO steel roof.
Add Curb Appeal
Another surprising advantage of EDCO metal shingles is how versatile this material can be when it comes to aesthetics. After you decide whether you want the traditional style of split shake shingles or the timeless look of stone tiles with slate shingles, The Gutterman of Tennessee can then show you the options you have for the color and finish of your roofing materials. You will be far from limited with metal shingle roofing as you have nearly 50 different choices when it comes to the color, finish, and style combinations with EDCO steel roofing materials. You are also adding value to your home with this roofing decision because of its appeal to potential homebuyers. Not only will they not have to worry about having to replace the roof, but they will also save money and energy because of the UV reflection characteristics of metal shingle roofing.
Ease of Installation
Although metal shingle roofing can be more expensive when it comes to the materials, your installation costs will typically be lower than it would be for asphalt shingles or other materials. In many situations, The Gutterman of Tennessee is able to install EDCO steel shingles directly over your existing roofing shingles, and this can be a big savings in installation costs.
Reduce Carbon Footprint
Since metal roofing shingles do not need a lot of resources to be manufactured, this type of roof is the most environmentally friendly option available. Made without petroleum by-products, this type of recyclable roofing shingle will not end up in a landfill with asphalt shingles. If we are able to install the EDCO steel shingles over your existing asphalt shingles, you will not even have to worry about adding to the landfill.
With these benefits, you can see why The Gutterman of Tennessee recommends EDCO steel shingle roofing. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a metal shingle roofing consultation. We will help you find the best roofing system to efficiently protect your home.