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When is it Time for a Gutter Replacement?

Gutters can last for decades, which means that most often, the homeowners who replace them aren’t the same homeowners who installed them. And because homeowners often don’t know when their gutters were installed, or what sort of abuse they’ve endured over the years, it can be difficult to know when to replace them. There are some signs your gutters, or your home might be sent to let you know when it’s time for a gutter replacement.

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Cracks in the gutters, or separation at gutter seams, are an obvious sign that gutters are failing and need to be replaced. When gutters are cracked, water leaks easily through them and gathers around your home, where it can cause damage. While there are ways to repair cracked gutters, it most often isn’t worth the time, energy or money. If you’re gutters are cracked or pulling apart at the seams, it’s likely time to replace your gutters.

Peeling Paint or Rotting Wood

Your gutters are one of your home’s primary defense mechanisms from water damage. If you notice water damage on the exterior of your home, it can almost always be traced back to failing gutters. Paint peeling from your home’s siding or woodwork, or rotting on your home’s fascia, are a good indication that your gutters are due for replacement.

Sagging Gutters

Cold winters and debris gathering in the gutters put stress on your gutter system. Over time, that stress causes your gutter supports to fail. Your gutters will begin to pull away from your roofline. If gutters aren’t flush with the roofline, they’ll no longer be in a position to collect rainwater as it pours down your roof. If your gutters are sagging away from the roofline, it might be a sign that your gutters are due to be replaced.

Mold, Mildew or Moisture in Your Basement

Believe it or not, failing or faulty gutter systems are often to blame for moisture in your basement. That’s because it’s the job of your gutters to gather water from your roof and deposit it safely away from your home and your home’s foundation. Replacing your gutters can reduce moisture and flooding in your basement and save your home from serious water and foundation damage.

Damaged  Landscaping

If you’re landscape is washing away, you need to look upward toward your gutters. If gutters are failing, they will overflow or fail to hold water, which can send rainwater cascading down onto your landscaping, washing it away. Don’t ignore water-damaged landscaping; inspect the gutters above to make sure that your gutters aren’t in need of replacement.

If your gutters are telling you that they need to be replaced, call The Gutterman of TN! The Gutterman can outfit your home with replacement gutters that will keep your home safe from water damage for decades to come.

Fall is Here in Nashville

Crisp temperatures, beautiful trees, and falling leaves: Fall is officially here in Nashville! For all of its beauty and fun fall activities, fall does have one downside: It’s time to clean your gutters. Nashville’s neighborhoods are full of beautiful, mature trees, which, unfortunately, lead to rapidly clogged gutters. Here are our tips for keeping your gutters flowing and protecting your home this fall.

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Homeowners nearly universally hate to clean their gutters. It can be tempting to put off the chore for as long as possible, but don’t wait to clean your gutters! The clogs in your gutters can cause water to pour over the sides or back up into your roofline, causing wood rot, mold and foundation damage, among other problems.

Clean your gutters regularly.

The general rule for gutter cleaning is to clean your gutters twice a year: Once in the spring and once in the fall. If you have a lot of trees on your lot, that might not be good enough. You might need to clean your gutters as much as twice a month during the peak fall season. Allowing leaves to pile up in your gutters, in addition to causing the problems above, can add stress and weight on your gutters that can cause them to pull away from your home.

Don’t forget the downspouts.

The downspouts are an often overlooked part of the gutter system. Make sure you check your downspouts to be sure that they are free of debris and clogs when cleaning your gutters. If your downspouts aren’t working, your entire gutter system will fail to safely whisk water away from your home.

Run water through your gutters.

The best way to finish off your gutter cleaning is by running water through your gutter system to get out any small dirt or debris that might be lingering there. After you have manually cleared away the large debris, place a hose in your gutter and flush the system with water.

Inspect your gutters.

Fall is the ideal time to check your gutters to make sure they are ready for the rain and snow ahead. As you clean your gutters, be on the lookout for cracks, gaps or sags. This is another place where running water through your gutters is helpful; as you rinse out your gutters, check the system for drips, leaks or clogs that you might have otherwise overlooked.

Consider gutter guards.

If you’d rather be spared the chore of cleaning your gutters, consider installing gutter guards! Gutter guards prevent debris from building up in your gutters, which can reduce all sorts of home problems, from landscape damage to moisture in your basement. When you install gutter guards, you won’t have to worry about cleaning your gutters again this fall or for many falls to come!

If you notice that your gutters are in disrepair during your fall cleanings — or if you’ve decided to be done with gutter cleaning for good — call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We’re Nashville’s resource for high-quality gutters and gutter guards that can keep your home safe from water damage.

ArmorGuard: The Affordable Gutter Guards

How do ArmorGuard gutter guards work?

ArmorGuard The Affordable Gutter Guard - Nashville, TN - GuttermanArmorGuard gutter guards affix to your existing gutters to keep debris out. The medical grade stainless steel mesh keeps out even the smaller debris, including pine needles and roof grit. Even in the heaviest rains, water will be able to enter the gutters through the mesh, while debris will blow across the top without interfering with the gutters.

How durable are AmorGuard gutter guards?

The frames are built to last from extruded aluminum that’s 1/16 of an inch thick. In addition, they will not bend, warp, rust or corrode, so your ArmorGuard gutter guards stay in perfect condition for years to come. Sealed with a rubberized adhesive that expands and contracts with changing weather conditions, the guards won’t crack in extreme heat or cold. Finally, ArmorGuard gutter guards even come with a 20-year transferable warrantee!

Do ArmorGuard gutter guards ever need cleanings?

With ArmorGuard gutter guard’s you’ll never have to clean your gutters again! The low-profile of ArmorGuard gutter guards means debris blows easily across the gutters without getting stuck. In addition, the stainless steel mesh prevents the growth of mildew or other organic matter. Finally, rain cleans away any pollen or dirt that finds its way into the mesh.

Does ArmorGuard keep animals out?

Yes! ArmorGuard’s sealed gutter system prevents birds, squirrels or other animals from entering your gutters to build nests or leave behind debris.

Will ArmorGuard gutter guards interfere with the appearance of my home?

ArmorGuard gutter guards are virtually unnoticeable on your roofline! ArmorGuard gutter guards fit seamlessly with your gutters and your roofline, so they won’t alter the appearance of your home.

Can ArmorGuard gutter guards fit on any type of gutters?

ArmorGuard gutter guards work with nearly any existing gutter type. Furthermore, the anodized aluminum is compatible with copper, steel, and traditional aluminum gutters.

How can I get ArmorGuard gutter guards installed on my home?

The Gutterman of TN can help if you are fed up with gutter cleaning! We can install ArmorGuard gutter guards on your existing gutter system to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters this fall and for years to come. Call now to schedule your consultation!

Issues with Clogged Gutters

The gutters on your home are there for a reason: They usher the water from your roofline safely away from your home. When your gutters become clogged, they can’t-do their job, and all of that rooftop runoff can cause major damage in and around your home. Here are some of the issues clogged rain gutters can cause:

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Your gutter’s No. 1 purpose is to ensure that water from your roofline doesn’t have the chance to collect along your home’s foundation. When your gutters are clogged, the water overflows and deposits near the foundation of your home. A flooded foundation can shift, crack and even fail.

Flooded Basement

The water pouring from your gutters can have another consequence: Basement flooding. If the water your gutters deposit near your home can’t safely drain away, chances are, that water will find its way into your basement.

Roof Damage

The water that builds up in clogged gutters can back up into your roofline. It can cause your shingles and underlying roof supports to weaken and rot. In the end, clogged gutters can jeopardize the function of your roof and shorten its lifespan.

Rotting Fascia, Siding, Doors and Windows

The water that’s trapped in your gutters has to go somewhere. As it flows over the edges of the gutter, it comes into contact with all of your home’s features, including fascia boards, siding, windows, and doors. That water can lead to rotting and weakening of your home’s exterior features.

Mold

Everyone knows that moisture brings mold. From your roofline to your basement, water exposure due to clogged gutters can cause mold growth in your home.

Ruined landscaping

Plants and landscaping features can only take so much water. Water dumping out of your clogged gutters can kill flowers, shrubs and trees, and it can wash away mulch and decorative retaining walls. If it’s allowed to persist, the water from clogged gutters can even damage sidewalks and driveways.

Ice dams

Ice dams, or a build-up of ice on the edge of a roof, is a threat to any home. That threat increases, however, when water can’t escape clogged gutters. The heavy ice within the gutters can cause them to bow and pull away from the home’s roofline. Even worse, as the lower layers of ice dams melt, the water finds its way under your roof and into your home, where it can cause mold, rot and structural damage.

The key to preventing the issue that comes from clogged gutters is to keep gutters clear debris. That means cleaning your gutters at least twice per year. Or, you can avoid this dreaded task and protect your home from the dangers of clogged gutters with SafeGuard Gutter Guards. SafeGuard Gutter Guards keep debris out of your gutters, so the water from your roofline continues to travel through the gutters and away from your home’s structure season after season. Call The Gutterman of TN to learn more about protecting your home with Gutter Guards.

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.

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