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Functions of a properly installed gutter system

Nearly every home is equipped with gutters for good reasons. You know that gutters collect rainwater as it flows off of your rooftop. However, they do more than that. They also channel the rainwater to downspouts to deposit all the collected water a safe distance from your home. What you don’t realize is how many functions these simple rooftop channels are performing every time it rains, sleets or snows. Here are some of the basic functions of a properly installed gutter system and what they do to protect your home from water.

Protecting your foundation & basement flooding

front of a houseOne of the most basic and crucial functions of a gutter system is protecting your home’s foundation. When water is deposited around your home’s foundation, it causes the soil around your home to expand and contract. This movement of the earth around your home cause your foundation to shift and crack. This really threaten your home’s structure and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.

Gutters also save your home from damaging basement floods. When water pool around your home, it can leak through the porous masonry materials used to construct your foundations. Even if your basement doesn’t fully flood during rainfall, moisture around your foundation can cause mold or mildew to form. It can also fill your home with an unpleasant damp smell. With a properly installed gutter system, water is channeled away from your home to prevent basement flooding.

Saving your home from water damage

If there’s nothing underneath your roofline to collect the water as it flows from your roof, water will stream freely down the sides of your home. Overtime, this can cause water damage to your home. Siding can become stained and damaged, door frames and window frames can rot, and your windows may begin to leak as water finds its way around the flashing. A properly installed gutter system protects your home’s exterior from water.

Keeping your landscaping in place

Nearly all homeowners have landscape around their homes. Water pouring off of a gutter-free roofline can wash away flower beds, damage bushes and displace brick and stone pathways and retaining walls. Your gutters keep your landscape safe from the deluge of water that pour off your roofline when it rains or when snow melts in the spring.

Call The Gutterman!

You might think your gutters only play a small role in keeping your home safe, but the high volume of water that pours off your rooftop can cause serious damage and serious problems. You need to ensure your home is safe from water damage with a properly installed gutter system!

If you have noticed water pooling around your home or basement when it rains, call The Gutterman of TN! The Gutterman himself, Scott Brasfield, has worked as a contractor for more than 25 years, and he has installed gutter systems and gutter guards in the Nashville area for 14 years. Keep your home safe from water damage, call The Gutterman today!

Metal Shingle Roofing in Nashville, TN

Iff your Nashville home is in need of a new roof, The Gutterman of TN has an exciting option for you: Metal shingle roofing.Metal shingles in gray, dark gray and tan Metal shingle roofing brings the durability and other benefits of a metal roof, along with the classic look of traditional shingle roof. So why should you opt for a metal shingle roof from The Gutterman of TN?

Lifespan

Metal shingle roofs last well beyond the lifespan of traditional asphalt shingle roofs. While asphalt roofs last between 12 and 20 years, metal shingle roofs can last between 40 and 70 years. That means metal roofs can save you money on roof replacement costs over time, and give you one less home-maintenance issue to worry about.

Durability

Not only will metal shingle roofs last longer than asphalt roofs, but metal shingle roofs also are far more durable than traditional roofing materials. They can withstand winds as 140 miles per hour, and they are tough enough to deal with hail or falling tree limbs. Metal shingle roofs won’t rust, crack, corrode or harbor mold and mildew growth.

Energy efficiency

Metal shingle roofs reflect sunlight, which prevents your home from absorbing more heat on hot, sunny summer days. Because they deflect solar heat, metal roofs can save homeowners between 10 and 25 percent on home-cooling costs in the summer. And while metal roofs themselves don’t provide much insulation, they can be installed over additional roof insulation or with dead space that’s designed to hold in more heat during the winter.

Home protection

Metal roofs can help protect your home from the elements and from potential disaster. Metal roofs aren’t combustible, so they won’t ignite due to lightning strikes, wildfires or stray embers from chimneys or nearby fires. They also for a tight seal over your roofline to protect your home from any potential leaks. Additionally, metal shingle roofs shed snow and ice more rapidly than traditional roofing materials, reducing your home’s risk for wintertime roof leaks or water damage.

Environmental friendliness

Metal shingle roofs are far more environmentally friendly than traditional roofing materials. Metal shingle roofs often are made from recycled metal, and they lack the petroleum components of asphalt roofs. Because they last so long, metal roofs don’t put pressure on landfills they way traditional roofing materials do, and when metal roofs are due to be replaced, the old metal shingles can be recycled, rather than hauled away to a landfill.

Beauty

Metal shingle roofs are a beautiful addition to any home. They allow you to achieve all of the benefits of metal roofing with the more traditional look of a shingled roof. Metal shingle roofs come in a variety of colors and finished to achieve your home’s desired look. And because metal shingle roofs resist rust, corrosion, cracking and staining, your metal shingle roof will remain beautiful for decades.

If you are ready to outfit your home with durable, efficient, beautiful metal shingles, call The Gutterman of TN! We use only high-quality EDCO steel roofing, and with our history and reputation fixing roofs and gutters in the greater Nashville area, you know your new metal shingle roof will be installed the right way. Call to set up a consultation today!

Providing gutter repair and replacement in Nashville, TN

Spring is just around the corner, and spring is sure to bring plenty of rain to Nashville. Is your home ready? Keep spring rains from damaging your home by ensuring gutters in good working order. Failing gutters deposit water around your home, where it can cause wood rot, mold, basement flooding, and even foundation damage. If your gutters aren’t ready for spring’s heavy rains, call The Gutterman of TN. We provide gutter repair and replacement right here in Nashville, TN.

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As spring approaches, it’s important to take a look at your gutters to be sure they are in good repair. Sagging gutters, cracked gutters, detached gutters or gutters that are holding standing water need to be addressed to avoid putting your home at risk of water damage. If the damage to your gutters is limited to a small portion of your gutter system, there is a good chance that your gutters can be saved with some simple gutter repair.

Gutter replacement

Sometimes the damage to your gutters is so severe that it’s time to replace your gutters. Or, the look of your aging gutters might be having a negative impact on the curb appeal of your home. If it’s time to replace your gutters, The Gutterman of TN has the new gutters we need! From seamless gutters that have a classic look to high-end copper gutters to modern box gutters, we have it. The Gutterman of TN can fit your home with gutters that can handle your home’s drainage needs and improve the look of your home.

Gutter protection

Do your gutters seem to be in good shape for the coming spring? Would you like to keep them that way? Don’t worry about cleaning them out to prevent gutter clogs, gutter overflows and water damage with gutter guards. Now is the time to outfit your gutters with gutter guards. Gutter guards will keep your gutters flowing smoothly this spring, and for many seasons to come.

Gutterman of TN

If your gutters need to be repaired or replaced, or protected with gutter guards, to prepare them for spring, then The Gutterman of TN is the person to call in an and around Nashville, TN. Gutterman Scott Brasfield has worked in home improvement for more than 25 years. The scope of Scott’s expertise includes roofing, siding, and flooring. He began specializing in gutter repair, gutter replacement, and complete gutter systems 14 years ago. As The Gutterman of TN, he is dedicated to providing customers with the gutter systems they need to keep their homes safe from water damage season after season. He is fully licensed and insured, which means The Gutterman of TN is a company you can trust.

Don’t let your gutters ruin your spring, or put your home in danger of water damage when spring’s rainy weather hits. Call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your gutter repairs, gutter replacement or gutter guard installation today!

All about ArmorGuard Gutters

How do you keep your gutters in perfect shape? To keep your home safe from water damage from rain, sleet or melting snow or ice, youThe Advantages of ArmorGuard Gutter Guards need gutters that are in good working order and flowing freely. One way you can protect your gutters and protect your home from stormwater damage is with ArmorGuard Gutters.

How ArmorGuard Gutters Work

To safely shuttle water away from your roofline and your home, your gutters need to be unobstructed. For most homeowners, that means climbing a ladder and mucking out the gutters at least twice per year to remove leaves, twigs, animal droppings and other debris that has been left in the gutters. ArmorGuard Gutter Guards protect your gutters from a buildup of debris with the top technology recommended by home-improvement experts and consumer protection websites. ArmorGuard Gutter Guards cover your gutters with micromesh aluminum. The micromesh allows the water from your roofline to enter your gutters, but the holes in the mesh are so fine that the keep out even the smallest debris, preventing your gutters from becoming clogged. And unlike other gutter guards, ArmorGuard Gutter Guards won’t become clogged with debris over time.

How AmorGuard Gutter Guards Protect Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause all sorts of damage to your home and your gutter system. Clogged gutters can overflow, washing away landscaping, causing water damage to roofing, siding, doors and window frames, and even flooding basements and damaging foundations. Clogs in gutters cause standing water and ice jams, which can weigh gutters down, causing them to pull away from the house, crack or corrode. ArmorGuard Gutter Guards protect your gutters, and your home, by preventing the clogs that can cause cracking, corroding, sagging and other damage to your gutters.

How You Can Have ArmorGuard Gutters Installed on Your Home

ArmorGuard Gutter Guards are compatible with nearly any gutter system. They are made from anodized aluminum, so they can be installed on existing vinyl gutters, as well as copper and steel gutters. If your existing gutters are in need of replacement, ArmorGuard Gutter Guards can be installed as part of a completely new gutter system. ArmorGuard Gutter Guards are made from sturdy framing and heavy-duty materials, they are guaranteed to last; all ArmorGuard Gutter Guards carry a 20-year transferable warranty.

If you are ready to protect your home with ArmorGuard Gutter Guards, The Gutterman of TN can help! We proudly install AmorGuard Gutter Guards, and we can install them to fit your existing gutters or we can install an entirely new gutter system with ArmorGuard Gutter Guards. If you are ready to protect your home and your gutters from leaves, twigs and other debris, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation and learn more about ArmorGuard Gutter Guards today!

Repairing Your Gutter System Before Spring

Winter snows and sleet, high winds and freezing temperature take their toll on your gutters. Come spring, your gutters need to be in optimal condition to protect your home, landscaping, and foundation from water damage and flooding. That means you should have your gutters cleaned, inspected and repaired before the spring thaw and rains hit. Here’s how you can protect your home from water damage caused by failing gutters this spring.

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Before you do anything with your gutters, you need to clear away any debris that’s collected in the gutters since your last cleaning. Removing debris from your gutters allows water to flow through the gutters to the downspout. Blockages will cause overflowing gutters which can cause damage to your ceilings. Clearing your gutters will also help you to identify any damage that could cause gutter leaks or water damage. Effectively cleaning your gutters requires some work on your part. You will have to climb a ladder — being careful not to rest the ladder on the gutter — and muck out any debris with gloved hands or a specialized gutter scoop. To make gutter cleaning easier, hook a bucket to your ladder as you work to easily dispose of debris.

Inspect your gutters

Once the gutters have been cleared of debris, it’s time to inspect them for any damage that could have occurred during the winter months. Stand back and inspect your gutters; be sure they are securely attached to your roofline and aren’t sagging away. Next, circle your home, looking for cracks or holes in the gutters and for water damage. Signs of water damage would include peeling paint or siding, discoloration down the side of your home or washed out landscaping. A great way to be sure your gutters are working is to step outside when it’s raining. As the rain falls, walk around your home to see if you can spot any areas that water is leaking or overflowing from your gutters.

Undertake repairs or improvements

If you notice any problems with your gutters, it’s important to have them repaired as soon as possible, especially before spring brings heavier precipitation! Ignoring damaged rain gutters can lead to water damage on your home’s exterior or underneath your roofline. It can even lead to basement flooding and foundation damage. Spring is also a great time to plan for any gutter repairs by replacing old, unsightly gutters or installing gutter guards to keep debris out and prevent you from cleaning them out as often.

If you don’t want to clean those pesky gutters anymore, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment right away! We can repair or replace your gutters before any damage happens. Or, if you’re ready to replace your gutters or install gutter guards, The Gutterman of TN can have your new gutters ready for spring.

The Gutterman of TN is locally owned and operated

Doing business with a local company is a priority for most homeowners. When you do business locally, you know you’re supporting your neighbors and community. At Gutterman of TN, we are proud to be a locally owned and operated company. If you are looking for roofing or guttering services in and around Nashville, you should trust the team at The Gutterman of TN.

Who is The Gutterman of TN?

the Gutterman logoScott Brasfield is The Gutterman of TN. Scott has been working in the home-improvement industry for more than 25 years. He began installing, repairing and servicing gutters, gutter systems, gutter covers and roofs for the last 14 years. As The Gutterman of TN, Scott prides himself on being a full-service gutter and roofing consultant for his customers. He can evaluate existing gutter systems and roof lines, or newly planned roof lines, to recommend the best gutter systems and gutters. Our high quality gutters can safely shutter water runoff away from your roof line and home’s foundation.

Even as the business grows, Scott continues to handle the day-to-day operations of it. All of the customers get Scott’s cell phone number so they can contact him with questions or concerns. He works tirelessly to ensure that all customers are happy with their gutters.

What does The Gutterman of TN have to offer?

At The Gutterman of TN, we offer a full range of gutter products. We offer full seamless gutter systems, and we have specialty gutters for a unique look. Our other gutter options include copper gutters, box gutters, half round gutters and galvalume gutters. We also offer top of the line gutter guard system, and it protect your gutters and home from water damage due clogs. We are here to save you from the dreaded task of gutter cleaning. When it comes to protecting your home, we also offer other home drainage products like rain barrels and French drains.

What areas does The Gutterman serve?

The Gutterman of TN is located right in the heart of Nashville, and we serve all communities in the greater Nashville area. The Gutterman offers services in Franklin, East Nashville, West Nashville, Brentwood and beyond. Because we are a locally owned and operated company, we take pride in providing top-notch services, products and care for our neighbors.

If you need gutter replacements, gutter repairs, new gutters or roofing services in the greater Nashville area, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation! We are your neighbors in Nashville, you can trust the Gutterman, Scott Brasfield to personally make sure that you are satisfied with the products and work.

The importance of winterizing your gutters

Winter is officially here! To prepare, you’ve changed your furnace filters. You’ve winterized your landscaping and outdoor faucets. You’ve sealed any cracks around windows or doors to keep the cold out and heat in. You’ve had the professionals come sweep and inspect your chimney. However, your home winter prep shouldn’t end there, you also need to protect and winterizing your gutters. Here’s why winterizing your gutters is important and what it means to your gutters.

Ice and clogs in the gutters can damage your home

ice Icicles hanging from the eaves might seem like a picturesque winter scene, but ice hanging from your roof and gutters can do serious damage to your home. Ice in and around your gutters can force water back under your roof, which can cause serious damage to the roof and its supporting structure. The ice also can weigh down the gutters, pulling them down and away from your home or causing them to collapse. When your gutters aren’t properly functioning, due to a buildup of ice and debris in the winter, water can gain access to your home and your home’s foundation because your gutters are no longer doing their job of whisking water away from your home so it doesn’t do damage.

Winterizing your gutters can save your home from water damage

The best way to prevent ice from building up in your gutters and causing damage to your home is to winterize your gutters. Winterizing gutters means clear your gutters of debris that can cause water to stand in them and turn to ice. For proper winterization, you should also check the gutter supports to ensure that they are sound. You should also check that they are able to bear additional weight should ice form in or on the gutters. You should constantly inspect and examine your gutters for cracks, separation or other damage. As damages of this sort could prevent your gutters from doing its job. Gutter winterization also offers the perfect opportunity to add gutter guards to your gutters. Gutter guards help to keep additional debris from building up and causing ice to form in your gutters.

The Gutterman of TN can help you with your gutter winterization

Few homeowners want to climb a ladder to access their roofline, especially this time of year. You don’t have to, the Gutterman of TN is here to help with your gutter winterization! We have the expertise to examine gutters and determine whether they are good to withstand winter’s rain, sleet, ice, snow, and freezing temperatures.

When you have The Gutterman winterize your gutters, you can feel confident this winter that your home is safe from winter damages. The Gutterman also can reoutfit your home with gutters if your gutters are not working, or fit your gutters with gutter guards to save you from the dreaded task of gutter cleaning. Call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your gutter winterization today!

How to Tell If Your Gutters Need to Be Replaced

Gutters are essential in keeping your home safe from water damage. Bad gutters can cost you thousands in repairs. If you’re not a gutter expert, though, how can you tell if your gutters are due to be replaced? Here are some signs that your home needs new gutters.

Cracks, holes or gaps in the gutters
An obvious sign that your gutters need to be replaced are cracks, holes or gaps of any kind in your gutters. Cracks, holes and gaps in your gutters allow water to flow down against your home and land near your home’s foundation. In a heavy rainstorm or heavy snowmelt, they could lead to basement flooding or even foundation damage. If you see cracks, holes or gaps in the gutter in even a minor degree, your gutters should be replaced to keep your home safe from water damage.

Discoloration or paint damage on your gutter
Even if cracks, gaps or holes aren’t clearly visible on your gutters, your gutters might show you other signs that water is leaking through and that they are no longer holding all of the water that flows off your roof. Signs that water is seeping through the gutters include paint peeling off of the gutters or rust or discoloration on the gutters. Pay close attention to seams and joints on the gutters, where leaks are likely to develop first.

Sagging gutters
Your gutters should form a tight, clean line along your roof to ensure that water is flowing directly into, and not around or under, the gutters. Sagging gutters indicate that your gutters are due to be replaced or repaired.

Water damage on your home’s exterior
Your gutters might look like they are in good repair, but your home’s exterior might be showing you signs that gutters aren’t doing their job of keeping water away from your home. Check your soffit, siding, wood trim, paint, doorways and windows for signs of water damage, including bubbling, peeling paint, rotten wood, mildew or discoloration. These are all signs that your gutters are failing and allowing water to damage your home, and waiting to replace gutters can result in serious home damage.

Puddles of water around the home
Take a walk around your home after it rains. Do you see puddles forming around your home’s foundation? Where puddles have formed, look up to see if gutters are leaking, sagging or failing. If gutters are allowing water to access your home’s foundation, your home is at risk of major damage.

Moisture or mildew in the basement
Signs of gutter failure don’t just happen around your home’s exterior; you also should take a look at your basement. If gutters are failing and allowing water to access your home’s foundation, your basement very likely will show you signs of water collecting around its exterior. If your basement is damper than normal, if you see mildew or discoloration along the walls or ceiling or if your basement floods when it rains, it’s time to have your gutters evaluated by a professional.

Don’t let failing gutters allow water to damage your home! If you see signs that your gutters need to be replaced, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an inspection and consultation today!

 

Check out our specialty gutters!

Gutters keep your home safe from water damage, from your foundation to your overhangs. They can even keep your basement from flooding and landscaping from washing away. But did you know that when it comes to choosing gutters for your home, you have lot of options? Whether you’re looking for an architectural upgrade or your home has special drainage considerations, check out the specialty gutters from The Gutterman of TN!

Seamless gutters & Copper gutters

modern homeTraditional gutters feature joints and seams where different sections of gutters come together. Not only are these joints unsightly, but they can cause even more problems over time. As your gutters age, they develop leaks as the joints break down. Save yourself from this headache with seamless gutters!

For another low-maintenance option, that’s also beautiful and will weather the elements without breaking down, you should consider copper gutters. Copper is among the most durable materials. It also won’t corrode and develop leaks over time. On top of that, copper is beautiful. It begins as a beautiful metallic orange and fades to a lovely green patina. Copper gutters are a popular choice for the home that has historical or high-end looks.

Galvalume gutters & Half-round gutters

Galvalume gutters offer the durability of copper gutters at a lower price. Galvalume gutters are made from aluminum, stainless steel, and zinc. They won’t rust or corrode and will last for decades. Galvalume gutters are a matte steel gray that provides a sleek, modern look to any home.

Half-round gutters offer an unique shape. As the name suggests, they are a half-pipe shape. Because this was one of the earlier gutter shapes, they are often used on historic homes or to give them a traditional look. At The Gutterman of TN, we offer 6-inch half-round gutters. However, while these gutters protect most homes from rooftop water runoff, half-round gutters are not the best option for homes whose roofs generate high amounts of runoff.

Box gutters

Another unusual gutter shape is the box gutters. Box gutters are square in shape, and they are installed under the roof’s overhang. While these gutters are common on industrial buildings, they are a popular option for homeowners who want low-profile gutters that blend in with the roofline. Because they are difficult to spot from a distance, box gutters are a popular choice for modern homes.

Gutters are a necessity for your home, but that doesn’t mean you need to choose run-of-the-mill gutters! Whether you are looking for increased durability or looking to add architectural interest to your home, specialty gutters is right for you. Call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today to learn all about our specialty gutters!

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!