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How Can Gutter Guards Help Improve Home Maintenance

Gutter guards have become a popular home accessory, which may have you wondering what you stand to gain by having gutter guards installed on your home. Protecting your gutters goes far beyond saving you from cleaning your gutters. In fact, in many ways, gutter guards can help you to better maintain your home. Here’s how gutter guards can improve home maintenance.

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One of the biggest benefits of gutter guards — and the best known — is that with gutter guards you won’t have to climb a latter and clean disgusting buildup from your gutters again! Gutter guards prevent debris, like leaves, twigs, and animals, from entering your gutter and causing clogs and problems. Gutter guards maintain your gutters for you!

Stop ice dams before they start!

Clogs within your gutters allow water to pool inside the gutters. When winter hits, that water can freeze. Over time, the frozen ice in your gutters can accelerate the buildup of ice and snow on your rooftop, leading to dangerous and damaging ice dams. Gutter guards can maintain your home by preventing the formation of ice dams!

Protect your roofline, siding and home structure!

Clogged gutters let water back up into your home’s structure, which can lead to mold, damage and rot in your roof, siding and home structure. Gutter guards can extend the life of your roof and siding and maintain your home’s structure.

Prevent basement flooding and foundation damage!

Did you know that something as simple as clogged gutters can lead to flooded basements and foundation damage? When gutters fail, whether due to deterioration or clogging, water pours off of your roof and lands directly against your foundation. That water can cause basement flooding, mold growth in the basement, or it can deteriorate your home’s foundation, causing shifting and cracking. One of the easiest ways to maintain your home’s foundation and prevent basement flooding is to install gutter guards to ensure that gutter continues to flow through your gutters and away from your home’s foundation.

Preserve your landscaping!

The water that pours off of clogged gutters also can damage your landscaping. Flooded gutters can wash away topsoil or mulch, overwhelm and kill plants, and damage walkways and paved surfaces. Gutter guards can help you maintain your landscaping — saving you time and money — by safely whisking water away from plants, beds, walkways and other landscaping features!

If you want to maintain your home more easily, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today! We can outfit your home with SafeGuard Gutter Guards to prevent gutter clogs, which will save you from the regular home maintenance chore of cleaning your gutters while helping you to maintain your home’s roof, siding, foundation, structure, and landscaping.

Is Your Roof Ready for Fall and Winter?

With fall just around the corner, rain, snow, sleet, and ice will soon be on the way. Your roof is charged with the protecting your home from everything fall and winter sends its way. That’s why you need to make sure your roof is ready for fall and winter. Here’s how.

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When fall winds pick up and trees begin to lose their leaves, debris can collect quickly on your roof. Keeping your roof healthy begins with clearing away any piles of debris that may collect on top. That includes clearing away any moss that may have begun to grow on your shingles.

Clean the Gutters

All of that debris also can collect in your gutters. Clogged gutters block rainwater and melting snow from safely traveling away from your home. They can cause water to back up into your eaves, causing mold and water damage, or gutters can overflow and damage your landscaping or siding. That’s why most professionals recommend cleaning your gutters in fall and spring to protect your roof. You also can install gutter guards to keep your gutters flowing easily without the need for regular maintenance.

Check Your Shingles

If your roof is going to keep your home safe from water damage all fall and winter, it needs to be in good shape. Examine your shingles to make sure they are in good repair and ready to protect your home from water damage. Be on the lookout for shingles that are cracked, curling or missing. Make sure that the roof grit is holding tight and isn’t wearing away, leaving your roof vulnerable.

Look Inside Your Attic

An interior roof inspection is just as important as an exterior roof inspection. From inside your attic, look for signs of water intrusion. Also, be sure that your roof is well insulated; when attics are poorly insulated, the heat escaping from your home can cause snow on the roof to melt. As it runs toward the eaves, the water will refreeze, causing dangerous and damaging ice dams.

Check for Gaps Around Your Roofline

As temperatures drop, animals look for warm places to nest, and that can include the top of your home! Examine your roofline and eaves for any cracks, gaps or holes that could allow animals to access to your attic. Remember: Animals like mice and squirrels can fit through very small openings when seeking shelter!

If your roof inspection and preparation reveals that your roof or gutter is no longer in good enough shape to protect your home this fall and winter, call The Gutterman of TN! We can install a new roof to keep water out of your home, or we could help you with new gutters or gutter guards to keep water from fall and winter storms flowing safely away from your roofline and your home.

Gutter Guards for Underground Drains

Many home gutter systems feature underground drains that safely shuttle water away from the foundation of the home, preventing flooded basements, mold and mildew growth and damaged foundations. Just like gutters, however, these underground drainage systems can become blocked with leaves and debris. You can protect your underground drains with gutter guards!

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Clogs in an underground drainage system can cause major problems. Blocked pipes can cause flooding in your yard, or even — as the drainage pipes no longer serve their purpose of whisking water away — in your basement. Freshly cleaned gutters can overflow and pour water next to your home because the water no longer has a place to go. Clogged pipes can even burst and be permanently damaged. Just like gutters, if drainage pipes aren’t protected, they have to be periodically cleaned to prevent clogging. Should underground drainage pipes clog, they likely will require a professional cleaning or, if the clog or damage is severe enough, you will have to dig up your drainage system to address the clogged pipe.

How To Protect Your Drainage Pipes

The best way to protect your underground drainage pipes from clogs is by protecting your gutters! When your gutters aren’t protected from leaves and debris, the debris that collects within the gutters is swept away with the rainwater into your drainage pipes. By installing gutter guards on your gutters, you can keep leaves and debris from entering your drainage pipes and causing clogs. Gutter guards provide a simple fix for what could potentially be a major problem!

The SafeGuard Difference

At The Gutterman of TN, we install SafeGuard Gutter Guards because we believe there’s no better way to protect your gutters and drainage pipes from leaves and debris. SafeGuard Gutter Guards are made from aluminum framing outfitted with a fine, stainless steel micro mesh. The micro mesh does a superior job of keeping debris out, versus other gutter guard systems. The micro mesh allows water to enter the gutters and effectively flow through the gutter system. At the same time, the mesh keeps out even the finest of particles so that any sort of debris washes safely over the mesh. That means unlike other gutter guards, SafeGuard Gutter Guards won’t need to be periodically cleaned, and they won’t repel rainwater during extra light or extra heavy rains like reverse-curve gutter guards can.

On top of that, SafeGuard Gutter Guards are installed with heavy duty hangers, so they’ll stay firmly in place for years to come. They come in a variety of colors and can be installed over your existing gutters or as part of a complete gutter system. If you want to protect your underground drains from clogs, or if you’ve already suffered the consequences of clogged drains and want to prevent it from reoccurring, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today!

If you want to protect your underground drains from clogs, or if you’ve already suffered the consequences of clogged drains and want to prevent it from reoccurring, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today!

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

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    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.

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