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Benefits of Installing SafeGuard Gutter Guards

Gutter guards have become increasingly common — both in application and in advertising. When it comes to gutter guards, you can’t do better than SafeGuard gutter guards from The Gutterman of TN. While the benefits of gutter guards might seem fairly straightforward, there are plenty of benefits of gutter guards that you might not have even considered. Installing SafeGuard Gutter Guards - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

Never clean your gutters again!

The most obvious benefit of gutter guards is what most people are looking for when they consider gutter guards: Maintenance-free gutters! Gutter guards keep debris out of your gutters, saving you from having to clean your gutters multiple times every year. What you might not realize is that many types of gutter guards still let some debris in, or will collect debris on top. SafeGuard gutter guards are different! With SafeGuard gutter guards, you truly won’t ever have to climb a latter to muck out your gutters ever again.

Keep pests out of your gutter and away from your home.

You might not realize it, but gutters offer an inviting environment for pests and provide some animals with entry into your home. Unguarded gutters can play host to mice, birds, squirrels, and nests of mosquitos or other insects. Gutter guards keep animals from nesting in your gutters, or from entering your gutters and finding gaps in your home’s siding or seams that allow them to gain entry into your attic or walls.

Prevent gutter overflows and water damage around your home.

When gutters are blocked, they don’t perform their function of shuttling water away from your home’s structure and your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up into your home’s eaves and under your roofline. Overflowing gutters can cause water to flow down your siding, seep around your windows and pool around your home’s foundation. All of this can cause serious problems in your home, from mold growth and water-based rot to basement flooding and foundation damage. SafeGuard gutter guards keep your gutters flowing and prevent water damage in and around your home.

Stop ice dams.

Ice dams can cause a major headache during the cold-weather months. The heat in your attic melts the snow on top of your roof, causing it to flow down toward the gutters. If the gutters aren’t ready to usher that water away, the water re-freezes as the colder edges of your home. As cold weather persists, the ice buildup can grow larger and larger. It can damage your gutters and your roofing, and force water back into your home.

Extend the life of your gutters.

Believe it or not, gutter guards can actually extend the life of your gutters! When gutters are clogged with debris, they can become weighed down and sag and warp away from your home. The supports can fail, and the gutters can crack. The wet, rotting debris can cause rust and an overall breakdown of the gutter. Because gutter guards prevent the buildup of debris, they can prevent the breakdown of your gutter system and extend its overall lifespan!

If you don’t want to deal with cleaning your gutters again, and if you’re ready to realize all of the benefits SafeGuard gutter guards have to offer, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today!

Common Gutter Problems

Gutters don’t get the credit they deserve for protecting homes from water damage. When gutters fail, however, homeowners quickly realize how important they are. When your gutters fail, your roofing, soffit and fascia can rot and mold; your doors, windows and siding can stain and deteriorate; your landscaping can get washed away; and your basement can flood. That’s why it’s best to keep failing gutters at bay. By watching for these common gutter problems, and making sure they get fixed ASAP, you can save yourself from some serious home-repair headaches.

Clogged Gutters

Common Gutter Problems - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNIf there’s one most common gutter problem, it’s clogged gutters. When you fail to clear away your gutters regularly, clogs can form. Even if you clean your gutters regularly, an animal or bird can enter the gutter and build a nest or leave behind a mess and causing a clog. When clogged gutters remain unchecked, you’ll see a host of other gutter problems, which can include sagging gutters, ice dams and overflowing gutters.

Separating Gutters

The most common types of gutters used in the United States are aluminum gutters, which are put together in sections along your home. Over time, these gutters can separate  at the seams. When the separation is significant enough, water will pour through the seams and deposit along the foundation of your home, rather than traveling through the gutters and safely away from your home.

Sagging Gutters

Over time, the supports that secure your gutters to your home can begin to fail. Additionally, ice dams or debris trapped in your gutters can add too much weight for those supports to bear. When this happens, you gutters will sag. Not only will sagging gutters make your home look run down, but they will allow water to tip out of the gutters near your home’s foundation.

Ice Dams

In colder weather, ice dams can become a problem on the edge of your roof. Believe it or not, ice dams actually can be a gutter problem. Ice dams form when the snow on top of your roof melts from the heat in your attic. As the water from the snow runs down toward the edges of your roof and gutters, where the temperature is cooler, it refreezes and can form very large ice dams. Ice dams can damage your gutter system and your roof. Often, ice dams form because your gutters can’t whisk water away from your roofline quickly enough due to clogs, debris or other problems.

Improper Installation

Your gutters might have been improperly installed if they appear in good condition to the untrained eye. Improper pitch, improper size or downspouts that empty to close to your home are all common gutter installation problems that can prevent gutters from doing their job.

While all too common, these gutter problems shouldn’t be ignored. They can cause major problems — and major damage — in and around your home. That’s why these gutter problems whould be evaluated by a professional. If you notice signs of these common gutter problems, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We’ll evaluate your gutters and do what’s needed to have your gutters working to protect your home from water damage.

Clear Out Your Gutters Before Cold Weather Hits

By now, the trees have dropped all of their leaves: Have you cleared out your gutters yet? To avoid problems with your gutters,  roof, or basement — clean out your gutters now! Do this before temperatures drop and water freezes for the winter.

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While keeping gutters clear is always crucial to preventing flooding or damage to your roof, walls, basement, landscaping and foundation, clean gutters become even more important in winter. That’s because clogged gutters prevent water from passing properly through the gutters. In warm weather, that can cause gutters to overflow. In cold weather, however, that water can freeze in the gutters and cause even more damage, including:

  • Icicles.
    When clogged gutters overflow in freezing temperatures, major icicles can result. Icicles might seem innocent enough, or even picturesque, but they can serve as a hazard. They may cause gutters to sag away from the house due to the added weight of the ice.
  • Ice dams.
    The most serious problem that results from clogged gutters in the winter is ice dams. Ice dams form on the edges of your roof when the snow on your rooftop melts because of the warm air in your attic. As the water hits the colder edges of the roofline, and can’t enter the gutters because of clogging, the water freezes and can form massive ice formations that can damage your roof or your home structure.
  • Gutter and roof damage.
    Anytime you invite water and ice to build up around your gutters and your roofline, you invite the opportunity for damage and mold. Clogged gutters can force water back up under your roof, where it can damage the roof structure or the wooden supports of your home, or cause mold or mildew to develop. The weight of the ice on your gutters and roof can cause buckling, cracking and other damage.

Keep your gutters flowing this winter with gutter guards:

There is one simple solution to preventing the buildup of ice in your gutters and on your rooftop due to clogged gutters: Gutter guards! Gutter guards prevent debris from entering your gutter and causing clogs that stop water from flowing freely through your gutters. At The Gutterman of TN, we install SafeGuard Gutter Guards. With SafeGuard Gutter Guards, the unique steel mesh that tops the gutters prevents any clog-forming debris from finding its way into your gutters so your gutters keep flowing all year long.

To keep your gutters and your home safe from damage due to ice dams and icicles, make sure you clean all of the leaves and debris out of your gutters before temperatures drop below freezing and the snow begins to fall. If you want to make this fall the last fall you have to clean out your gutters to prevent wintertime damage, call The Gutterman of TN to ask about installing SafeGuard Gutter Guards on your new or existing gutters.

How Do Gutter Guards Work?

Homeowners looking to eliminate the chore of cleaning the gutters surely have come across advertisements for gutter guards meant to keep the debris out of the gutters. If these gutter guards — and the thought of never cleaning your gutters again — appeals to you then read this. You won’t have to wonder if gutter guards work, and if they work as well as manufacturers claim.

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There are several types of gutter guard systems. All are meant to deflect debris off of your gutters so that water can flow freely through the gutters season after season. Some of these gutter guards can be fitted to your existing gutters, while other types of gutter guards require removal of the gutters for installation, entirely new gutters or installation underneath your roofing.

Types of Gutter Guards

The primary types of gutter guards include:

  • Reverse-curve gutter guards. Reverse-curve gutter guards cover the top of the gutter entirely. The top of the gutter guard curves around the front edge of the gutter inward toward the gutter opening. The premise of reverse-curve gutter guards is that water will create surface tension over the curve of the gutter. While leaves and debris pour off of the gutter, water follows the curve of the gutter guard around until it falls into the gutter itself. The primary problem with reverse-curve gutter guards is that the reverse-curve can become overwhelmed by heavy rain so that water just floods over the guard. With many models, small debris, like seeds and pods, still make their way into the gutters.
  • Screening. Screen-based gutter guards are often attached to existing gutters. They feature screening with round or diamond-shaped holes. While water can enter the gutters through the gutter-guard openings, debris can’t. Most screen-based gutter guards feature holes that are small enough to keep out leaves and large debris, but large enough to allow pine needles, seed pods and other small debris in, which means that they eventually will have to be removed so the gutters can be cleared.
  • Inserts. There also are gutter inserts that are meant to keep debris from entering the gutters while allowing water through. These include brushes and foam. Like screening, these inserts can help to lower the frequency of gutter cleaning by keeping out large debris, but they do allow debris to accumulate in the gutter over time.

The Mesh Gutter Guard Difference

The one type of gutter guard that shows, time and again, that it can keep out debris of all sizes while still allowing water entry to the gutter is mesh gutter guards. Mesh gutter guards are made from a super-fine stainless steel mesh. The mesh is small enough to keep out any debris that could clog gutters, but water still enters the gutters even in the heaviest rains or snow melts. Most mesh gutter guards can be installed over your existing gutters and don’t interfere with your roof.

If you’re looking for gutter guards that truly work to keep debris out of the gutters while safely whisking water away from your home, call The Gutterman of TN! We install SafeGuard micromesh gutter guards that will protect your gutters from debris year after year.

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.

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