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What is underdeck living?

Outdoor living space has become a major focus for home renovators and builders. It’s because people enjoy being outdoors, whether they’re cooking, entertaining or relaxing, summer is a wonderful time to spend time outside with your family and friends. With the rise of outdoor living, this has lead to the rise of underdeck living. But what is underdeck living, you ask?

As the name would suggest, it is an outdoor space that lies underneath a deck. These spaces are common in homes that have backyard walkouts. They are also common in homes with large upper deck balconies. It provides an ideal outdoor living space. The deck above provides added protection from the sun and elements, and it gives you a more cozy and intimacy space of an indoor living space feel.

What’s the problem with underdeck living?

What is underdeck living - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNA primary problem with underdeck living is the underside of the deck above. You can dress up your space as much possible, and you can string fairy lights from the rafters above, but the problem remains. The undersides of decks are unfinished, unsightly and often dirty. Failing to address the deck above can leave you feeling frustrated with your underdeck space.

What can you do about unsightly underdecking?

With the rise of underdeck living, solutions has arrived for the unattractive appeal for the underside of the deck, complete Underdeck Living systems. Underdeck Living provides a beautiful finish that covers the underside of the decking and rafters above. An Underdeck Living system creates a beautiful, finished look for your underdeck outdoor living space.

How do Underdeck Living systems weather the elements?

The primary concern with outdoor living is inevitably the wear. With Underdeck Living systems, you don’t have to worry about it! The titanium and aluminum product can withstand rain and water. It can also hold lots of snow without being damaged. When it comes time to paint or seal the deck above, your Underdeck Living system won’t be damaged as it’s made to withstand the solvents used on decks. In fact, Underdeck Living systems are so durable that the manufacturer offers a warranty for as long as the deck above is intact.

Will an Underdeck Living system work for my deck?

Underdeck Living systems are made to work with nearly any deck and home style. The underdeck material comes in a variety of colors. There are faux wood, as well as painted options. The panels also can be fitted to any deck, regardless of how large or small the upper deck space is.

Where can I learn more about Underdeck Living?

If you have an underdeck space that needs upgrade with a beautiful Underdeck Living system, call The Gutterman of TN at 615-678-7454 to schedule a consultation! We can show you all the Underdeck Living options and help you pick out the best for your outdoor space. With your new Underdeck Living system, you’ll enjoy a beautiful outdoor living space with your family and friends this summer, and for years to come.

We offer specialty gutters to meet your needs!

Do you want gutters that enhance the look of your home and last for decades to come? Whether you’re looking for gutters to accent the traditional appeal of your historic home or gutters that emphasize the sleek lines of your modern home, The Gutterman of TN has the specialty gutters you’re looking for. Here are some of the specialty gutters we offer: We offer specialty gutters - Nashville TN - The Gutterman of TN

Half-round gutters

Half-round gutters are known as the “original gutter.” They were among the first types of gutters used, and for that reason, they’re a favorite on many historic homes and on homes built in the Victorian style. As the name suggests, half-round gutters are in a perfect half-pipe shape. They’re often accented by round downspouts for a unique and historic look.

Copper gutters

Another favorite for historic home, copper gutters also have become popular for upscale homes looking to add a “wow” factor. When installed, copper gutters have a beautiful orange shine, that weathers to a browner matte finish and eventually a green oxidized copper color. Copper gutters do come with a higher price tag, but they endure the harshest conditions and can last for more than a century.

Galvalume gutters

Galvalume gutters are the perfect alternative for homeowners who are looking for the durability of copper but don’t want the flashy appearance or expensive price tag. Galvalume gutters are constructed from steel and coated with a zinc and aluminum alloy to prevent rust over time. Galvalume gutters come in a matte gray finish that subtly blends into the roofline of your home and that won’t change or rust over time.

Box gutters

Box gutters have long been used on commercial buildings, but they’ve become popular for homeowners who prefer sleek, modern design. Box gutters have a squared appearance so they follow the straighter, harsher lines of a modern home without detracting from its contemporary design. The box gutters installed by The Gutterman are seamless, so you won’t have to worry about your box gutters developing leaks over time.

7-inch gutters

Our 7-inch gutters are larger than the standard installation. That makes them ideal for portions of the roofline that take on more water that is typical. In those areas, 7-inch gutters can help to prevent gutter overflows that can damage your home, your foundation or your landscaping. Like our other gutters, The Gutterman’s 7-inch gutters are seamless to stave off leaks and require less maintenance over time.

If you’re in the market for specialty gutters, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation! We can advise you on your gutter options and provide you with pricing for the different types of gutters. Do you know that you want to make a statement with your gutters but aren’t sure which type of specialty gutters are best for your home’s style? The Gutterman’s gutter experts can help you design which specialty gutter type will accent the look of your home while providing you with the functionality you need.

The Advantages of ArmorGuard Gutter Guards

Gutter guards can be a great addition to any home, but many homeowners worry about the impact of installing quality gutter guards. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s time to examine the benefits of ArmorGuard gutter guards. ArmorGuard gutter guards are a budget-friendly gutter guard option. On top of that, ArmorGuard gutter guards offer a host of other advantages.

Micromesh Technology

The Advantages of ArmorGuard Gutter Guards - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNWhen it comes to gutter guards, industry experts and consumer groups agree that micromesh is the way to go. Micromesh gutter guards feature holes so small that the openings that let water in are nearly invisible. That means that while water can enter the gutters and flow safely to the downspouts, debris — no matter how small — can’t enter the gutters. With micromesh gutter guards from ArmorGuard, you’ll never have to clean your gutters again.

Universal Installation

ArmorGuard gutter guards don’t require an entirely new gutter system, unlike other gutter guards on the market. ArmorGuard gutters guards allow you to install guards on your existing gutters, saving you money and time. In addition, ArmorGuard gutter guards are installed at the same pitch as your roof. Therefore, debris won’t become trapped in the seam where the gutter guards meet the gutter or the roof.

Strong, Versatile Aluminum Framing

ArmorGuard gutter guards feature strong, aluminum framing. The aluminum is anodized to increase its strength and versatility. The frames allow ArmorGuard gutter guards to be installed against gutters of different metals without adverse reactions. The framing is also very durable, as it won’t break down or corrode over time.

Durable Adhesive

ArmorGuard gutter guards attach to your existing gutters with a high-grade rubberized adhesive. The adhesive withstands all temperatures and all weather conditions. It won’t become hard or brittle and break away. The adhesive will hold the mesh reliably in place year after year.

20-Year Warrantee

You don’t have to take our word for it that your ArmorGuard gutter guards are durable enough to protect your gutters year after year. ArmorGuard comes with a 20-year warrantee, so if your gutter guards do show signs of failure or wear, you have something to fall back on. The warrantee also is transferable, so you can offer it as a benefit, should you ever choose to sell your home.

If you don’t ever want to clean your gutters again, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today! We can talk to you about the advantages of ArmorGuard gutter guards and walk you through the process of having ArmorGuard gutter guards installed on your home. With ArmorGuard gutter guards, you’ll get a durable, reliable gutter guard product that relies on industry-leading technology, and you’ll get it at a great price.

Why installing gutters isn’t a DIY project

Have spring rains proven that your gutters are no longer serving their purpose? The thought of replacing your gutters might have you wondering whether you can install new gutters yourself.
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Gutters have to be the right size

Did you know gutters come in all different sizes, and even in different shapes? The size and pitch of your roof, the layout of your home and how much rain tends to fall on your house all impact what size gutters you need. The best way to make sure your gutters are properly sized for your home is to hire a professional who is trained and knowledgeable in sizing and installing gutters.

Gutters have to be the right pitch

It’s not just about size; gutters also have to be properly pitched. If your gutters don’t follow the right slope, water will pool instead of flowing smoothly to the downspouts. A gutter professional will ensure that your gutters are pitched to keep the water flowing.

Gutters require the right amount of downspouts

Those properly sized and sloped gutters need to let the water out somewhere. Downspouts evacuate the water from your gutters. Without the right amount, right size and right placement of downspouts, gutters will overflow or pool water.

Improperly placed downspouts can cause damage

Speaking of downspouts, downspouts that deposit water too close to your home can cause damage to your foundation. At the very least, downspouts require splash pads to catch the water and funnel it away from your home’s foundation. Depending on the drainage around your home, you might also need extenders or drains for your downspouts to keep your home safe. A professional gutter installer can advise you on what’s best for your home.

Improperly installed gutters can damage your roof

How much do you know about gutters and roofing? Your gutters work in conjunction with your roof. Sometimes hanging gutters can reveal roof problems. Or, if gutters aren’t installed properly along your roof, they can put pressure on your roof, cause flooding against your roof or cause other types of gutter issues. A professional gutter installer knows how to place gutters without causing harm to the roof.

Gutter installation can be dangerous

There’s a reason people hate to clean out or maintain their gutters: Getting up on a latter to do work along your roof-line can be dangerous! A misplaced ladder or an accidental fall could result in serious injury or worse. Personal safety is one of the main reasons to trust your gutter installation to a professional.

You won’t save as much as you think

It might seem like a money saver to install gutters by yourself, but it won’t save you as much money as you think. You’ll have to buy plenty of gutters, fasteners and brackets, and you’ll have to figure out how to transport long sections of gutters from the home improvement store. Not to mention that any gutters you by from the home improvement store will be lower quality seemed gutters.

Is it clear that your gutters are ready for replacement? Call The Gutterman of TN! We can find the right gutters for your home and install gutters the right way to keep your home safe from damaging water runoff.

Are Your Gutters Ready for the Rainy Season?

Spring Seasons and Your GuttersApril showers may bring May flowers, but they can also bring leaking roofs, wet basements, and washed out landscaping. A key to preventing these rainy season headaches is having gutters that are in good shape and ready to usher water away from your home. As we enter into the rainiest time of year here in central Tennessee, it’s time to ask yourself: are your gutters ready? Here’s our check list for ensuring that your gutters can handle spring.

Clean your gutters

One of the most common causes of gutter failure is blockage. If your gutters are clogged, water will pool in the gutters then overflow, dumping water down the sides of your home and depositing it next to your home’s foundation. To make sure your gutters are ready for spring, take the time to make sure they are clean. Even though you might have cleared out leaves last fall, winter’s melting snow and high winds can bring more debris to your gutters, and animals might have found their way in to build nests or leave behind other debris that could clog gutters.

Secure sagging gutters

The snow and ice that fill your gutters during the winter can weigh them down and cause them to sag. To make sure your gutters are ready for spring showers, take the time to secure any loose sections of gutter to your home so that the rain runs directly from the roof into the gutters, rather than flooding the area between the gutter and the roof, which can cause water damage along your home’s roofline. If you do notice sagging gutters in need of repair, be sure to check the fascia where the gutters are attached; sometimes sagging gutters have nothing to do with the gutter supports and is instead a sign that the fascia has begun to rot.

Look for leaks

Ice and freezing temperatures also can damage the gutters themselves. Inspect the gutters for holes or cracks that allow water to leak out, rather than following the gutters’ path to the downspouts. The best time to check for leaks is during a rainstorm, so you can see the water dripping from the gutters.

Be sure gutter extenders and splash pads are in place

If your gutter’s downspouts deposit the water collected by your gutters directly next to your home, you’re in trouble. Check your gutters’ downspouts to be sure that there are gutter extenders or splash pads in place to channel the water from your gutters and safely away from your home.

After you perform this bit of springtime gutter maintenance, ask yourself: are your gutters up to the challenge of the rainy season? Even with the maintenance you’ve performed, if your gutters are cracked, sagging or leaking, it could be time for new gutters. If your gutters aren’t ready to protect your home from April’s showers, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a new gutter consultation today!

When Should I Replace my Gutters?

Gutters will last for decades if they’re well cared for, and when your gutters are performing well, it’s easy to forget about them. However, eventually your gutters will break down, putting your home at risk for serious water damage. To prevent this, it’s important to keep tabs on the health of your gutter. Chances are your gutters will let you know when they need to be replaced with the following signs.

Cracks

When Should I Replace my Gutters - Nashville TN - GuttermanCracks in your gutters are a sure sign that it’s time to consider gutter replacement. They allow water to flow down and out of the gutters, depositing water next to your home’s foundation or allowing water to run down the sides of your home. The best way to spot cracks in your gutters is to inspect your gutters on a rainy day. Take a walk around your home in the rain to look for water running through cracks, holes or separations in your gutter system.

Sagging Gutters

As gutters age, they can begin to pull away from the sides of your home. Not only do sagging gutters look unsightly, but they allow water to run off of the roof between the gutter and the roofline, potentially damaging your home. If your gutters are sagging, it’s time to consider new gutters to protect your home from water damage and improve your home’s curb appeal.

Peeling Paint or Rust Stains

If your gutters aren’t containing water runoff from your roof, the sides of your home might be letting you know. Look for peeling paint, warped siding or rust stains down the sides of your home. Just fixing the damaged siding won’t save your home; the only way to fix the problem is with new gutters.

Rotten Woodwork

Just like the sides of your home’s siding might be showing signs that your gutters are due to be replaced, your home’s woodwork might reveal that gutters are letting water damage your home. Check the wooden fascia under your roofs overhang, as well as wooden frames around doors or windows for signs of rot. Your gutters should keep water away from the sides and structure of your home to protect the wood.

Mildew or Mold

Take a walk around the outside of your home. Do you notice mildew or mold stains around the foundation of your home, on the siding or underneath the roof overhangs? That means water’s accessing your home, and your gutters aren’t doing their job.

Damp or Flooded Basement

The primary function of your gutters is to deposit water away from the foundation of your home to prevent foundation damage. If your basement gets moist, floods when it rains, smells like mildew or shows signs of mold on the walls, your gutters are allowing water to enter your home at its base. Replace the gutters before water does serious damage to your foundation.

Take a walk around your home this spring. Do you see signs that your gutters are failing? It might be time to replace your gutters. Call The Gutterman of TN to have your gutters inspected and hear your options for replacing your failing gutter system.

Animals and Your Gutters

Animals in Your GuttersGutters don’t seem like a great habitat for living things, but there are plenty of animals who would happily make a home or seek shelter in your gutter system, especially if there is debris in the gutters. Animals in your gutters are more than a nuisance; they can damage the system, use the gutters to gain entry into your home, or even pose a health hazard. Here’s what you need to know about animals in your gutters and what you can do to keep them out.

Animals you might find in your gutters

You might be wondering what types of animals like to nest inside gutters. It may be surprising to learn that a variety of animals commonly make their way into gutters. Some animals who like gutters include:

  • Squirrels populate nearly every neighborhood, and they’re notoriously good climbers, so it’s no surprise that squirrels are often found in gutters where they can nest or hide food. Squirrels in gutters can be a problem particularly for homes that have a lot of branches hanging over their roofline.
  • Birds. Not surprisingly, birds will nest in gutter systems. Gutters are especially welcoming if they’re already filled with a layer of debris that can be used as a base for a nest.
  • Possums and raccoons. They might seem too large to fit, but possums and raccoons enjoy the quiet shelter of gutters. That can cause a major problem, not only because of the weight and stress they put on gutters but also because they will bear and raise offspring in gutters.
  • Cats. It’s no secret that cats like the high ground. Gutters provide them the sheltered vantage points they enjoy. Unfortunately, that means that your gutters might attract feral cats to your home.
  • Snakes and lizards. It’s not uncommon to find snakes and lizards lurking in gutters. They’ve been known to climb tree branches to gain access to gutters or make their way up downspouts.

Keeping animals out of the gutters

Animals in the gutter can cause all sorts of problems. That’s why you should take the necessary steps to keep pests out of your gutters. Some strategies include:

  • Cleaning your gutters. Keeping your gutters clean is important for a variety of reasons. It removes nesting material for animals, and it upsets any animal nests that have already been made.
  • Trim back trees. Overhanging tree limbs create a pathway to your gutters for animals. Trimming tree limbs away from your gutters can help block animals’ paths to your gutters.
  • Create alternative habitats. Giving animals better alternatives to your gutters can help keep them away from your roofline. Consider adding bird or squirrel houses to your yard. Planting trees and shrubs, as well as low-growing cover, away from your home also encourages animals to nest and seek shelter there.
  • Install gutter guards. One of the most foolproof ways to keep animals out of your gutters is by installing gutter guards. Gutter guards will block any possible entryway into your gutters, preventing any damage they could cause while still allowing water to pass through.

If your gutters need to be repaired after being damaged by animals, or if you’re ready to keep animals out of your gutters with gutter guards, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today!

The Problems With Improperly Installed Gutters

They’re often overlooked, but they play a major role in protecting your home: gutters. When gutters fail, they leave your home open to all sorts of damage. That damage can be serious and expensive to repair. On many homes, gutters have been improperly installed. Fully protecting your home from water and ice damage means being sure that your gutters are properly installed.

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When inspecting your gutters to determine whether they’re properly installed, you should check for these common elements. Some common gutter installation mistakes include:

  • Improperly pitched gutters.
    Gutters need to slope toward downspouts to ensure that water will flow in the right direction. Gutters only need to slope one-quarter inch per 10 feet, so it can be difficult to spot proper gutter pitch. If gutters are backed up or have standing water then your gutter’s pitch is inadequate.
  • Poor placement of downspouts.
    Water needs to be able to exit your gutters effectively, or it will pour over the sides of the gutters in heavy rains. When gutters chronically overflow, ineffective placement of downspouts or an inadequate number of downspouts is often to blame.
  • A lack of downspout outlets.
    Your downspouts need to be able to direct the water from your gutters to the right spot. If your downspouts terminate too close to your home, without drains or splashpads, your basement will flood, and you will risk foundation damage. French drains or gutter extensions can help to save your home from downspouts that deposit water too close to your home’s foundation.
  • Missing or dropping gutters.
    Of course, the biggest mistake with gutter installation is to have missing gutters! Without gutters in place, water flows off of your roof and pools directly next to your home.

The Problem with Improper Gutter Installation

When your home doesn’t have a properly installed gutter system, all sorts of problems can result. Water can deposit right next to your home’s foundation. It can flood your basement and degrade your foundation. It can destroy your landscaping and sidewalks. Water can run down the sides of your home, causing mold growth and water rot in your walls, siding, windows and doors. In short, you can’t afford to have improperly installed gutters on your home. A properly installed gutter system is a relatively minor expense when you consider that it can save your house from major damage that can be extremely expensive to repair.

What to do if Your Gutters aren’t Properly Installed

If you notice the signs that your gutters haven’t been properly installed it’s time to seek out a new gutter system for your home. Look out for:

  • water flooding into your basement,
  • standing water in the gutters,
  • water pouring over the edges of the gutters when it rains or gutters that are pulling away from your home.

If you are in need of a properly installed gutter system, call the Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We can properly install a gutter system that will keep your home safe from water damage.

How Winter Affects Your Gutters

Your home protects you all winter long, keeping out the ice, wind, freezing rains and freezing temperatures. But your home also requires some protection during the winter months, to stave off damage from water and freezing temperatures. You don’t want to have your home thaw out this spring only to find that your home has suffered damage from winter’s brutal weather. One of the best ways to protect your home from damage this winter is by caring for your gutters.

Winter Gutter Woes

How Winter Affects Your Gutter - Nashville TN - GuttermanYou know your gutters shuttle water around your roofline, down your downspouts and away from your home. When winter temperatures plummet, however, your gutters are sometimes unable to do their job. When water freezes in your gutters, there are several problems you could encounter:

• Ice dams. Ice dams are among the most common winter gutter problems. Heat escaping your attic melts the snow and ice on your roof. As the water runs down the roof, it refreezes along the gutter line. Over time, the ice dam can build up, damaging your home and gutter.

• Sagging gutters. The water that freezes in your gutters over the winter also can cause your gutters to sag away from your home due to the added weight. Sagging gutters can damage your roofline, or the gutters can detach entirely from your home, creating a hazard to your home and any property or person that might be surrounding your home.

• Cracked or broken gutters. Everyone knowns that when water freezes, it expands. If you have standing water in your gutters and it freezes when temperatures drops, the expansion that occurs when it turns to ice can cause the seams of your gutters to crack, rendering your gutters unsightly and ineffective.

Any of these wintertime gutter problems can lead to major problems for your home. When your gutters fail, water can be forced underneath your roofline or into your walls. The water can run down the sides of your house, rotting siding, or window or door frames. If failing gutters deposit water along the foundation of your home, the result could be a cracked or damaged foundation or a flooded basement.

Protecting Your Gutters and Your Home

If you haven’t positioned your gutters to protect your home this winter, you might notice water flooding in through your walls, ceiling or basement when warmer temperatures lead to thawing ice and snow. The best way to protect your gutters and home is by keeping your gutters in good repair and cleared from debris. Seamless gutters can help you avoid cracks and leaks, while stainless steel or copper gutters are made to be long-lasting to prevent winter damage. To lessen the risk of ice dams, standing water or leaks, keep gutters free from debris with regular cleaning. Finally, install gutter guards to prevent debris from entering your gutters in the first place.

If you notice that your gutters have been damaged by snow and ice this winter, call The Gutterman of TN! We can fit your home with new gutters, or install gutter guards to keep your gutters safe from buildup and debris.

Why is Keeping Your Gutters Clean so Important?

Few homeowners look forward to climbing their ladders to clear the muck and debris from their gutters. But failing to do so can have major impacts on your home that could lead to even bigger messes and even expensive property damage. Especially in winter, when gutters are working overtime to shutter rain, sleet and melting snow from your roofline, keeping your gutters clean is crucial. Here’s why keeping your gutters clean is so important.

Preventing Roof Damage

Why is Keeping Your Gutters Clean so Important - Nashville TN - GuttermanA new roof is an expensive home repair. Fortunately, roofs can last for decades, provided their properly cared for. One of the best things you can do to protect your roof from damage is to clean your gutters! When your gutters are clogged, water and wet debris backs up into your roofline. It can cause the roof to rot, mold and decay. If neglected for too long, clogged gutters can even cause water to back up underneath your roof, where it can cause the roof joists and support to warp or rot. Roof replacement becomes even more extensive and costly when gutters are neglected year after year. Water freezing in the gutters or along the roofline can drive water up under the roof even faster in winter months. Prevent roof damage by making sure your gutters are clear this winter.

Keeping Gutters Healthy

Like your roof, your gutters are made to last for decades. But dirty gutters will break down prematurely. Debris rotting in the gutters can cause gutters to rot and crack. The weight of debris, or ice that freezes in clogged gutters when water can’t get through, can cause gutters to sag away from your home or even break away entirely. Keep your gutters healthy by keeping them clean from debris.

Protecting Your Walkways and Driveways

Keeping water away from your home becomes even more important in the winter. Fluctuating winter temperatures can cause water to melt one day and freeze the next. When water pours from your home on a sunny day, it can do major damage to your walkways, driveways and masonry landscape features when temperatures drop again. That’s because concrete, stone, brick and other masonry materials absorb water. When temperatures drop and water freezes within the masonry material, cracks and holes form. Keeping your gutters clean can protect your walkway, driveway or masonry landscape feature from freeze-thaw damage.

Preserving Your Foundation

Just as the freeze-thaw cycle can damage your walkways, it can damage your foundation! In fact, the main purpose of gutters is to shutter water away from your foundation. Any time of year, water pooling around your foundation can cause everything from a flooded basement to a shifting foundation. In the winter, as the water around your home freezes and thaws, causing the ground around your home to contract and expand, water around your foundation can become even more dangerous. Gutters need to be kept clear year round to protect your foundation from water damage.

If you hate cleaning your gutters but want to protect your home from water and ice damage all year, The Gutterman of TN has a solution for you: SafeGuard Gutter Guards! Call us today to hear how gutter guards can keep your gutters flowing while eliminating the need for gutter cleaning.

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