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All About Copper Gutters

When homeowners are looking to install rain gutters, they usually opt for the old standbys: Vinyl or aluminum. But if you’re in need of new gutters, you should take the time to consider copper. Copper gutters are more than just a luxury home finish; they’re a beautiful, durable and practical choice for a home gutter system.

The Perks of Copper Gutters

  1. Copper gutters are beautiful. All About Copper Gutters Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN
    It goes without saying that copper gutters are beautiful. That’s why they’re a popular choice for luxury home builders or homeowners looking to upgrade their curb appeal. Copper gutters pop and can make a home stand out. They provide a versatile look that works on everything from historical homes to modern new builds.
  2. Copper gutters age gracefully.
    While they’re beautiful at installation, copper gutters retain their beauty for decades. Within years, they’re bright, coppery finish develops a unique green patina that homeowners love. If you love the look of weathered copper, you will have to do little to maintain your copper gutters. The shiny copper finish can be preserved, however, by applying a sealant every few years.
  3. Copper gutters are durable.
    Eventually, gutters sag and leak. Right? Not necessarily. Copper gutters are soldered together, and they’re attached to the home with sturdy brackets. Unlike other gutter materials, copper doesn’t contract, expand and warp with changing temperatures. Because of that, copper gutters won’t leak, sag or pull away from your home.
  4. Copper gutters won’t rust.
    Copper is a wonderfully durable metal. Unlike other metals, it won’t rust over time. That means you don’t have to worry about rusted, corroding gutters causing leaks or degrading the look of your home.
  5. Copper gutters last.
    Typical gutter systems last 10 to 20 years. Copper gutter systems can last more than a lifetime. With relatively little maintenance, your copper gutters can last up to 100 years.

Copper Gutters Even Save Money

Sure, the upfront cost of installing copper gutters can be high, as copper gutters are among the most expensive gutter options. But over time, your copper gutter system can save you money. Because they won’t leak, sag or pull away from your home, your gutter system won’t need the regular work of a handyman to stay in good shape. In fact, the only regular maintenance copper gutters require is semi-annual cleaning. On top of that, once you install copper gutters, you’ll likely never have to install a gutter system again.

If you are in the market for new gutters and think copper gutters might be right for you, call The Gutterman of TN! We can evaluate your home, talk to you about the benefits of copper gutters and provide you with a quote on the cost of installing copper gutters on your home. When The Gutterman of TN installs copper gutters on your home, you will enjoy beautiful, low-maintenance, worry-free gutters that will last a lifetime!

What is a Rain Barrel?

More and more, homeowners are trying to save on their utility costs while lessening the environmental impact on their homes. To that end, rain barrels have become popular home accessories. But while rain barrels have become an environmental buzz word, many homeowners aren’t familiar with rain barrels, their uses or their benefits.

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As the name implies, a rain barrel is a vessel for collecting rainwater from your rooftop. It’s a large barrel — generally holding between 55 and 80 gallons of water —constructed from food-grade plastic. Different rain barrels come with different features, but they are usually topped with a screen or lid to keep out animals, bugs, and debris. Many have spigots to allow for the easy filling of watering cans or other containers.

How do rain barrels work?

Rain barrels are connected to a gutter downspout. The rain water that rolls off of your rooftop and into your gutters travels through the gutter system and is deposited into the rain barrel.

How much rain do rain barrels really collect?

It doesn’t take much rain to see a benefit from your rain barrel. One inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of roof generates 600 gallons of rainwater. That means that it can take as little as 1/10 of an inch of rainwater to fill your rain barrel!

How much money can a rain barrel save?

Up to 40 percent of a home’s water usage during the summer months goes toward landscaping needs, according to the U.S. EPA. Using water collected in a rain barrel to water your lawn and garden during the summer months can save you from using up to 1,300 gallons of water. That saves you money on your water bill and lessens the burden on the overall water supply.

How do rain barrels help the environment?

During a normal rainfall, water rushes across rooftops, yards, and roadways, picking up pollutants before collecting in storm sewers and being deposited in rivers and streams. The pollution picked up leads to excessive algae growth and is bad for the aquatic wildlife. Rain barrels help to lessen the demand on storm sewers when rain hits. When you water your garden with the rain water later, the water filters through the soil to remove some of the pollutants before it hits local waterways.

What can you use rain barrel water for?

The water collected in rain barrels is perfect for your lawn or your garden. In fact, the water collected in rain barrels is better for plants than tap water because it doesn’t contain chlorine or added minerals, such as fluoride. Water from your rain barrel shouldn’t be used for bathing or drinking unless you have a special filtration system designed to make the water safe for consumption.

How can you get a rain barrel installed?

If you’re ready to save money and lessen your home’s environmental impact, call The Gutterman of TN! We sell and install rain barrels, and we can help you find the right rain barrel for your home.

How does a French drain work?

While gutters usher water from your roofline away from your home’s foundation and basement, sometimes a French drain is needed to do the same work at or below the ground level. While French drains are an incredibly popular tool for keeping homes safe from water damage, they’re frequently misunderstood. In fact, French drains are an amazingly simple concept.

How French drains work

How does a french drain work img - Nashville TN - The Gutterman of TNFrench drains are almost like and underground gutter system. A sloped trench system is dug in a portion of your yard, or even in your basement, to intercept and channel water. The French drain terminates a safe distance away from your from your home or landscaping. It also allows water to flow into a well, a more involved drainage system or a portion of your yard. The French drain is capable of handling that extra volume of water.

When French drains are used

Because French drains are such a simple, effective way of channel excess storm water, they have a multitude of uses. French drains are used:

  • To alleviate standing water in a soggy portion of a yard. French drains can help keep water out of a poorly graded portion of a yard or to help keep landscaping features or driveways from washing away.
  • To divert water around a retaining wall. Without a French drain placed behind it, a retaining wall can be displaced by a buildup of storm water at its base.
  • To keep water out of basements. If your basement floods regularly, a French drain is often the solution. To keep water out of basements, French drains are dug either around the exterior base of the basement at the level of the finished floor or even within the basement floor itself. When a French drain is dug within the floor, it usually drains into a sump pump to evacuate water from the basement.
  • To channel water away from gutter downspouts. Your gutter downspouts need to deposit water a safe distance from your home’s foundation. Sometimes this is achieved with downspout extensions, but they can be unsightly. A French drain can allow storm water from the gutters to be directed away from a home’s foundation in either a more attractive or even an invisible way.

How French drains are constructed

To install a French drain, first the trench is dug. For outdoor surface applications, the trench is usually 18 inches to 2 feet. The trench is sloped 1 inch to every 8 feet of drain. The trench is then filled with a few inches of gravel. A perforated pipe is placed within, and the pipe is wrapped in landscape fabric to help keep dirt and debris out. The pipe is then entirely covered with gravel, or covered with gravel and then topsoil to completely hide the drain.

We can help!

At The Gutterman of TN, French drains might not be what we do, but we understand their importance. We also know how they can tie in to your home’s overall drainage solution. If you’re getting pooling in or around your home, call The Gutterman of TN for a consultation! We can help evaluate your gutters and determine whether a new gutter system is right for you. We can also help you figure out how you might incorporate a French drain into your overall gutter system.

Common gutter problems

Gutters are a simple home technology. They simply collect the water from your roofline and usher that water to downspouts that deposit that water safely away from your home’s foundation. However, there are some problems that can inhibit the function of your gutter and endanger your home. This can cause rotting or molding on your roofline, destroying your landscaping, flooding your basement and even eroding your foundation. To keep your gutters working properly to protect your home from water, you should be on the lookout for some common gutter problems.

Clogged gutters

Common Gutter Problems img - Nashville TN - The Gutterman of TNThe most common gutter problem is also the most simple: Clogged gutters. Gutters have to be cleared from debris regularly. This should happen twice per year to keep water flowing and prevent blockages, wintertime ice dams, overflows and damage. Have your gutters cleaned at least every spring and fall, or have your gutters fitted with gutter guards that keep debris out of your gutters?

Cracked or damaged gutters

Gutters can become damaged over time, whether from standing water, ice, wind, impact or age. Aging gutters can develop cracks or holes, especially at the seams, that can cause the gutters to leak. Your gutters should be checked several times a year for signs of damage.

Failing supports

Another very common gutter problem is failing supports. Your gutters attach to your home with metal fasteners that can break or warp. When that happens, gutters sag away from your roofline and no longer catch water or channel water safely around your roofline and away from your home. Again, check your gutters regularly to make sure they remain securely against your roofline.

Improper pitch

Often, gutters haven’t been installed properly, and improperly installed gutters won’t funnel water safely from your home. Gutters should have a pitch to keep water flowing. For every 10 feet, gutters should slope down ¼ inch so that water flows through the gutters and toward downspouts.

Missing downspouts, splash blocks or drains

Whether from improper construction or wear, sometimes gutter components are just plain missing. This means that water flows uncontrolled off of your roof, which can cause major water damage in an around your home. Make sure your gutters all flow into a downspout. Also, make sure that all downspouts end in an extension, splash block or drain that safely deposits water away from the foundation of your home.

Are your gutters suffering from one or more of these common gutter problems? Don’t endanger your home’s roof, structure or foundation by ignoring these gutter problems! If you want clog-free gutters without having to clean gutters constantly, if you notice sagging or damaged gutters, or if your gutters aren’t channeling water because they’ve been improperly pitched or are missing components, call The Gutterman of TN! The Gutterman of TN can fix your gutter problems, install new gutters when needed or install gutter guards to keep your gutters clog free year after year.

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.

Cracks

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.

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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.

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.  What are Gutter Guards Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

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 snow melt, 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

At 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 rain water. 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.

Is water leaking into your basement?

Are April showers bringing water into your basement? Water in your basement can be an annoyance: It can put you on clean-up duty each time it rains, and it can prevent you from using your basement or parts of your basement as you’d like to. It can make your basement feel damp and smell musty. Water and your basement can go beyond an inconvenience, however. It can lead to mold growth and foundation damage that can be costly to reverse.

Is water leaking into your basement Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNWhat’s causing that water leak?

To solve your basement water woes, you have to find the source of the problem. Most often, water leaks into a basement because of improper drainage. A home’s drainage system should cause water to flow away from the home each time it rains. If that’s not happening, the water pools against the foundation and seeps into the basement.

Very often when basements leak, the gutter system is to blame. When gutters aren’t functioning properly, they fail to keep water safely away from the base of your home. You’ll likely have to inspect your gutters to locate the source of the problem. Clogged gutters can overflow when it rains, dumping water directly against your home’s foundation.

Sagging gutters, cracked or damaged gutters can pose the same problem. It could be that the gutter system itself is flowing just fine. However, when the water flushes out of the downspouts, it might be pooling against your home. Downspouts should deposit water at least four to six feet away from your home.

How can you fix gutters to fix basement leaks?

If you determine that a failing gutter system is causing your basement flooding, it’s crucial to get the system working smoothly as soon as possible. Neglecting your gutters can damage your siding, soffits and foundation, among other things. Clogged gutters are an easy enough fix; make sure you clean out your gutters at least twice a year to keep your gutters flowing. If your dread the task of cleaning your gutters, or if your heavily wooded lot makes leaves a constant problem for your gutters, you might want to consider installing gutter guards to keep debris out of gutters and prevent blockages.

Have you walk around your home and noticed that gutters are cracked, have holes or are sagging away from your home’s roof-line? If so, it could be time for a new set of gutters. Call in the professionals to have your gutter system evaluated. If the gutter system is flowing smoothly but water is being deposited too close to your home’s foundation, you can solve the problem with simple gutter extensions. In addition, you can have an underground drainage system installed to usher water away from your home’s foundation.

Are you ready to stop basement leaks? Call The Gutterman of TN!

If you’re sick of a wet basement, or worried about the damage that water is causing to your home’s foundation? Call The Gutterman of TN! From replacing a failing gutter system with seamless gutters that will keep water safely away from your home’s foundation to installing gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs, The Gutterman can help you keep water away from your basement and protect your home’s foundation.

Are your gutters starting to sag?

One of the most common gutter problems is sagging. Over time, your gutters can start to pull away from your roof-line and look droopy. In addition to making your home look sloppy, sagging gutters can cause a host of severe problems that can be a costly fix. That means it’s important to keep an eye on the state of your gutters. Take a look at your roof-line: Are your gutters starting to sag?

Are Your Gutters Starting To Sag Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNWhat causes sagging gutters?

Gutters sag for a variety of reasons. Over time, the supports that hold your gutters in place can give way, releasing the gutter from the roof-line. Gutters also can become full of leaves, debris, snow, ice or water, and the excess weight can pull gutters downward. That weight and pressure can damage the gutter and its supports. Gutters also can become damaged and begin to sag if a ladder has been propped up against the gutter while you clean gutters, hang Christmas lights, wash windows or access your roof.

Why are sagging gutters a problem?

Sagging gutters can result in a variety of problems in and around your home. When a portion of your gutter system sags, the gutters can no longer effectively wash rainwater away from your home. The water can pool within the gutters and make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Water can overflow the gutters, causing it to pool along your home’s foundation, flow back into your home’s eaves or flood into your basement. All of that water flooding into or pooling along your home’s structure can cause expensive damage if it’s not addressed quickly. The pressure put on your roof-line by sagging gutters also can cause damage.

What can be done about sagging gutters?

If you notice your gutters sagging, you should not wait to address the issue because damage caused by sagging gutters will only get worse — and more expensive to fix — over time. The fix for your sagging gutters will depend on the extent of the problem causing the sagging. Broken supports might be fixed; removing leaves or an ice dam might resolve the sag; and a small sag along one section might need to be repaired. If your gutters are old and the sagging is extensive, you might need to replace your gutters.

How can sagging gutters be prevented?

If you are like most homeowners, you hate to get on your ladder to deal with your gutters. You don’t have to fall victim to sagging gutters! SafeGuard gutter guards can keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. That means you won’t have to get up on your latter to clean away the blockages that can lead to pooling water and sagging gutters. With SafeGuard gutter guards, your gutters will continue to flow freely, preventing sags from debris, pools of water and ice dams, and protecting your home from water damage.

If your gutter are sagging or need replacing, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We can diagnose the cause of the sag and prescribe a fix that will have your gutters operating properly to protect your home from water damage.

Looking for unique gutters? We install specialty gutters!

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.

Looking for unique gutters Image - Nashville TN - The Gutterman of TNHowever, 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.

Micro-mesh Versus Solid Top Gutter Guards

Has frustration over clogged gutters, or the gutter-cleaning process, driven you to search for gutter guards? One that will keep you 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?

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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 rain water curves around the edge of the gutter guard. Afterwards, 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 rain to make its way into the gutter. Thus, solid-top gutter guards don’t always funnel water effectively.

Once 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 storm water 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.

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