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Repairing Your Gutter System Before Spring

Winter snows and sleet, high winds and freezing temperature takes 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.

Start with a gutter cleaningRepairing Gutter System Before Spring

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 your gutter cleaning and inspection turns up problems with your gutter, 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 you gutters of debris that can cause water to stand in them and turn to ice. For proper winterization, your 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 these 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!

The variety and advantages of using specialty gutters

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

Copper gutters & Galvalume gutters

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

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

Box gutters & Half round gutters

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

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

Protected gutters

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

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

All about the SafeGuard Gutter Guard System

When Fall comes around,  many homeowners start to consider gutter guards. As leaves fall and fill your gutters, many homeowners begin to contemplate what they could do to avoid having to clean their gutters year after year. The Gutterman of TN has the solution to preventing clogged gutters: SafeGuard Gutter Guards. Here’s what you need to know about the SafeGuard Gutter Guard System.

Why SafeGuard Gutter Guards?

leave clogging the gutterSafeGuard Gutter Guards provide a gutter guard system, unlike others. With SafeGuard Gutter Guards, a micromesh stainless steel overlays the gutter on a durable metal frame. When water pours down the roof, it’s able to enter the gutters through the ultrafine openings in the mesh. The mesh is so fine, however, that leaves and twigs and the smallest debris isn’t able the enter and clog the gutter. In addition to its unique micromesh technology, SafeGuard Gutter Guards offer additional advantages over other types of gutter guards, including:

  • The ability to fit over existing gutters. SafeGuard Gutter Guards can be installed as part of an overall gutter system. But if your gutters are still in great shape, you can have them fitted with new SafeGuard Gutter Guards, saving you money on new gutter guards.
  • Stronger supports. SafeGuard Gutter Guard System include gutters that are fitted with stronger supports than normal gutters. This means your gutters will hold up better and be less prone to drooping or sagging over time.
  • Larger gutters. SafeGuard Gutter Guard Systems feature 6-inch gutters and 3-by-4-inch downspouts. These larger gutters and downspouts accommodate water from the heaviest rainstorms or snow melts so your gutters won’t overflow. Water is also safely ushered away from your home’s foundation.
  • Modular construction. SafeGuard Gutter Guards are installed in pieces. That means if your gutter guards are damaged by a falling tree or another disaster, the individual damaged piece can be replaced without interfering with the rest of the gutter guard system.
  • Custom colors. SafeGuard Gutter Guard systems come in a variety of colors so you can choose the gutter system that complements the look of your home.

Why The Gutterman?

If you’re looking for a new gutter guard system, there are no one out there better than The Gutterman of TN. The Gutterman, Scott Brasfield, has worked in the home improvement industry for 25 years, and he’s specialized in gutters, gutter guard systems, and roofs for more than 14 years.

Scott is fully licensed and insured, and he’s deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of his business. That means when you choose The Gutterman, you’re getting a contractor who is experienced to complete the job the right way. You are also getting someone who is committed to serving their customers and meeting their expectations and needs. If you’re ready for SafeGuard Gutter Guard System, then call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today!

Metal shingles: The only roof you’ll ever put on a house

Putting a new roof on a home is an expensive proposition, but failing to restore your roof or failing to put a sturdy roof on a new home can lead to a host of home woes, including leaks, water damage, and mold. So what if we told you that The Gutterman of TN could provide you with the only roof you’ll ever put on a home? Metal shingle roofs are beautiful and durable, and they outlast traditional roofing materials by decades.Metal shingles in gray, dark gray and tan

Benefits of metal shingles

Metal roofs have been growing in popularity. They add a sleek, modern look to contemporary homes and they come with a host of benefits. In addition to the metal sheet roof, you can opt to add metal shingles to your roof. These shingles mirror the look of traditional asphalt- or cedar-shingle roofs but with all the benefits of a metal roof. Some of the reasons to install a metal roof include:

• Durability. One of the major reasons people choose to install metal roofs is the longevity of the materials. A metal roof can last approximately 70 years or more. That far outpaces the 12- to 20-year lifespan of a roof built from traditional metal materials.

• Energy efficiency. It goes without saying that metal reflects light. That makes metal roofs an excellent energy efficient option. The metal roofs reflect away sunlight, so your home won’t absorb as much heat. In summer, a metal shingle roof can save you on your home-cooling bills by as much as 25 percent. because your home won’t heat up as quickly under the intense rays of the summer sun.

• Strength. Metal roofs aren’t just built to last under normal conditions; they’re built to last under extreme circumstance. Metal roofs can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, they don’t ignite easily in case of a home fire and they’ll hold up to a lightning strike.

• Environmental friendliness. Believe it or not, metal roofing is also environmentally friendly. Most metal roofs are made from between 25 to 95 percent recycled materials. Excess shingles or pieces (and the entire roof itself) can be recycled.

• Quick and easy installation. Metal roofs also provide easy installation. With their lightweight materials and easy installation, you can have a new metal shingle roof much faster than you would if you chose to replace your roof with a traditional asphalt roof.

With all of its benefits and its long lifespan, a metal shingle roof is the only roof you will ever need to install on your house. If you’re sold on a metal shingle roof as the best option for your home — or if you want to learn more about metal shingle roofs before making a decision — call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today!

The Effects of Leaves Trapped in Your Gutters

Gutter cleaning is, perhaps, one of the most universally loathed home maintenance tasks. Few homeowners relish climbing a latter and pulling out the leaves and underlying muck. While this chore is despised, it’s also incredibly important. When you allow leaves to build up in your gutters, you see some ill effects in and around your home.

Overflowing guttersEffects of Leaves Trapped in Gutters - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

When your gutters are full of leaves, rainwater can’t flow through your gutters and away from your home. During a heavy or long-lasting rainstorm, you will see your gutters begin to overflow. Overflowing gutters might seem innocent enough, but they’ll actually lead to some serious problems with your home, including:

• A flooded basement. Believe it or not, overflowing gutters can lead to a flooded basement. When large amounts of water are deposited next to your home, the water has nowhere to go. It can seep down through the soil around your home and into through the walls of your basement, causing flooding and damage.

• Stained or rotted woodwork. As water flows down the exterior walls of your home, it can cause damage to the wood framing around your doors and windows, and it can cause staining on siding and doors. The longer gutters are allowed to overflow, the worse the damage is likely to be.

• Damaged landscaping. An excess of water striking your landscaping can ruin the aesthetic. It can wash away mulch, flowerbed, retaining walls and landscape features; it can kill plants; and it can destroy sidewalks, patios, and walkways.

• Deteriorated foundation. The worse of the damage caused by overflowing gutter is a deteriorated foundation. Wet soil can introduce moisture to the masonry materials of your foundation, which can cause it to crack or weaken. As the wet soil around your foundation shifts, it can cause your foundation to shift and suffer damage, as well.

Overloaded Gutters

Too much debris built up in your gutters eventually will become too much for your gutters to endure. When gutters become too heavy, they will droop, pull away from your home and crack. Not only does this cause permanent damage to your gutters, but it can also degrade the look of your home.

Ice dams

When leaves are left in the gutter over the winter, the likelihood of problems increases. The water in the gutters will freeze. The ice can weigh down gutters and cause damage. It also can cause ice dams that can damage your roof. Snow on your rooftop melts due to heat coming out of your attic. As the water flows down your rooftop, it will have nowhere to go when gutters are already filled with ice. The water will be forced back into your rooftop. There it can cause water damage, or it can refreeze and cause large, damaging, dangerous ice dams on your rooftop.

If you hate cleaning your gutters but don’t want to face the ill effects of clogged gutters, The Gutterman of TN can help! We can install gutter guards on your gutters to prevent leaves and debris from entering the gutters in the first place, eliminating the need for gutter cleaning while keeping your home safe with a functioning gutter system.