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All about ArmorGuard Gutters

Fall is almost here, and that means falling leaves will soon begin filling your gutters. If you dread cleaning your gutters as much as most homeowners, you should know that there are alternatives: ArmorGuard Gutter Guards. AmorGuard Gutter Guards protect your gutters from debris of all shapes and sizes, so you won’t have to climb the latter and muck debris out of your gutters to keep your gutters flowing smoothly. If the thought of never cleaning your gutters again sounds appealing, here’s everything you need to know about ArmorGuard Gutter Guards.All about ArmorGuard Gutters - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

What are ArmorGuard Gutter Guards?

ArmorGuard Gutter Guards is a gutter guard system that fits right over your existing gutter. Once in place, AmorGuard Gutter Guards prevent even the smallest debris from entering your gutters while still allowing water from rain and melting snow and ice to flow through. ArmorGuard Gutter Guards have a low profile, so they won’t interfere with the look of your home’s roofline. Their anodized aluminum frames keep the metal in the gutter guards from reacting with other types of metal, so ArmorGuard gutter guards are compatible with all different types of gutters.

How do AmorGuard Gutter Guards work?

ArmorGuard Gutter Guards feature a fine, stainless steel mesh over an aluminum frame. The aluminum frame fits easily over existing gutters, covering the entire gutter opening with the fine stainless steel mesh. The stainless steel mesh is so fine that it prevents any debris, no matter how small, from entering and clogging your gutters. In fact, stainless steel mesh has been listed by consumer groups as the most effective material for gutter protection. The mesh keeps out small debris like pine needles and roof grit, and doesn’t trap larger debris, like leaves and twigs, on top of it. And because ArmorGuard gutter guards are a completely closed system, they prevent pests like squirrels, birds, and bugs from making a home in your gutters.

Are ArmorGuard Gutter Guards difficult and expensive to install?

Absolutely not! AmorGuard gutter guards can be easily and quickly installed by a professional gutter company on almost any type of existing gutter. On top of that, ArmorGuard Gutter Guards are a cost-effective gutter guard system. They provide an alternative option to more expensive gutter guard systems for homeowners who don’t want to have to clean out their gutters but who don’t want to invest a lot in their gutters.

How can I get AmorGuard gutter protection on my home?

If you’re ready to save yourself from the dreaded task of cleaning out your gutters this fall, call The Gutterman of TN! We proudly install AmorGuard Gutter Guards on any home, and we can assess your existing gutter system to make sure it’s up to the task of protecting your home from water damage. Call to schedule your consultation with The Gutterman of TN today to learn more about AmorGuard gutter guards!

The history of gutters and their importance

We may refer to our homes as “modern,” but most homes include an important piece of ancient technology: Gutters. For many years, buildings, homes, and roadways use gutters to shuttle water away from building foundations. So how exactly did gutters come about, and why are they still so important to our homes and buildings?

The history of gutters

While there has been evidence that drains dates back to 3,000 years BC, the advent of modern drains is because of the Romans. As the Romans constructed roadways, they crowned the middle so water would drain away. Gutter systems were built along the edges of the roads to carry away water to prevent damages to roadways. The Romans exported the concept of gutters to Britain. The first gutters in Britain were affixed to castles and cathedrals, where draining water spouted from gargoyle’s mouths. Over the years, gutters made from a variety of materials became commonplace on buildings including modern homes.

Gutters came to the United States with the colonists. The earlier gutters were made from boards, fitted together in a V-shape, and they drained through square, wooden downspouts. Gutters eventually are made of materials such as led, hammered around round pipes. On luxury homes, low-profile gutters are built under cornices to mask the gutter and emphasize the architecture of the building. Over the years, gutters evolved with technology. Different materials and gutter shapes emerged with round, square and K-shaped. Gutters made from stainless steel, aluminum, and copper are popular options.

The importance of gutters

Gutters have remained an important feature of buildings and homes for thousands of years. They properly shuttle water away from buildings. Without gutters, water would run down the sides of buildings causing damage to the building materials, windows and doors and lead to mold and mildew growth. Without gutters, water would pour around a building’s foundation causing it to crack, crumble or shift and lead to flooded basements. Gutters protect homes and buildings from water damage, and they also allow homeowners to collect rainwater for use around the homes and gardens.

Gutters and your home

Your home requires a working gutter system to keep it safe from water damage. Today, you can choose from functional gutters with a classic look to specialty gutters that complement your home’s architecture or historic nature. The Gutterman of TN can help find the perfect gutter for you! We can even outfit your home with a complete gutter system that is fully modern, aesthetically pleasing, low-maintenance and perfectly installed to protect your home from water damage.

All About SafeGuard Gutter Guards

Have you imagined what it would be like to never clean your gutters again? Gutter cleaning is a nearly universally hated task, and at one time or another, most homeowners have thought about installing gutter guards or finding other alternatives to keep from having to climb their ladders to manually muck out their gutters. One option — in face, the best option — for protecting your gutter guards from debris are SafeGuard Gutter Guards. Here’s what you need to know about SafeGuard Gutter Guards and how they could help you.

What are SafeGuard Gutter Guards?

SafeGuard Gutter Guards are a revolutionary gutter protection system. They are made from sturdy frames outfitted with stainless steel micromesh. When debris blows across your roofline, the micromesh prevents the debris from entering your gutters. Simultaneously, the micromesh allows water from precipitation to safely wash away from your home.

What sets SafeGuard Gutter Guards apart?

The SafeGuard Gutter Guard difference lies with that stainless steel micromesh. Unlike other types of gutter guards, the SafeGuard mesh won’t become blocked with debris over time. The gutter guards also won’t become overwhelmed in heavy rains, leading to gutter failure. Another benefit of SafeGuard gutter guards? They can actually strengthen your gutters. The fronts of a SafeGuard gutter guard system can bear 35 pounds of weight, while the tops of the mesh can bear up to 60 pounds.

How do we install SafeGuard gutter guards?

SafeGuard gutter guards fit to the tops of gutters. Installed in sections, their interlocking system prevents seams from separating and prevents weak points or gutter guard failures in the future. Unlike other gutter guards, SafeGuard gutter guards attach to the fascia along your roofline, rather than to the roof itself, which can lead to the voiding of your home’s warranty.

Do SafeGuard gutter guards require an entirely new gutter system?

Another standout feature of SafeGuard gutter guards? SafeGuard gutter guards don’t require an entirely new gutter system! SafeGuard gutter guards can be installed to the tops of your existing gutter system. Of course, if your gutters are in substandard shape, The Gutterman can outfit your home with an entirely new SafeGuard gutter guard system. This system comes complete with oversized gutters, sturdier hangers and SafeGuard gutter guard toppers.

Fall will be here before you know it, so save yourself from the hated task of cleaning falling leaves out of your gutter! Call the Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation to learn more about having SafeGuard Gutter Guards installed on your home.

We Offer Multiple Drainage Options!

Your gutters shuttle capture water from your rooftop and shuttle it safely away from your home’s foundation. However, your gutters might only be part of your home drainage strategy. Whether out of necessity or preference, your home might require additional drainage. The Gutterman knows how important an overall strategy is in protecting your home from stormwater; that’s why we offer multiple drainage options!

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels have been growing in popularity. They are an environmentally friendly option to collect rainwater and reuse it around your house. As little as a quarter inch of rain on only 400 square feet of rooftop will give you 60 gallons of water, and 1 inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of rooftop will yield 600 gallons. Rain barrel water serves many purposes such as watering plants, washing your car, giving your pet a bath, or adding water to a swimming pool.

Not only do rain barrels help to reduce your water consumption, they also help increase water quality in your area. Each time it rains, water flows quickly across surfaces toward drainage systems that usher water to local waterways, taking pollutants with it. When the water is collected and used around the yard, the soil and plants help drain out any pollutants before the water trickles into the local waterways. Your rain barrels also can help keep any storm drains around your home from becoming overwhelmed in heavy rains because you’ll be diverting much of the water from your rooftop that otherwise would have followed the flow of the rest of the stormwater into the local drainage system.

French Drains

Even with a solid gutter system, sometimes water can pool around your home. In these instances, a drainage system must direct the water away from your home’s foundation. The most common choice for this type of drainage is a French drain. French drains collect water underneath a gutter downspout. Trenches are dug below the ground and filled with a pipe and/or gravel to allow the water to flow away from your home.

Down Splashes and Gutter Extensions

Sometimes an extensive French drain isn’t needed to direct water away from your home, but water still needs some extra direction to keep from pooling around your home’s foundation. In those cases, a down splash or gutter extension will do. A down splash or gutter extension will add some length to your gutter system. This way your gutters deposit water an adequate distance from your home rather than next to your home’s foundation.

If your home is in need of additional drainage options, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today! Whether you’re looking for a rain barrel, French drain, The Gutterman of TN has the drainage options your home needs!

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 cozier and intimate space of an indoor living space feel.

What’s the problem with underdeck living?

A 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 have 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:

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

When 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 Warranty

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 warranty, so if your gutter guards do show signs of failure or wear, you have something to fall back on. The warranty 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.
Installing gutters isn’t a DIY project. Here’s why:

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?

April 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 checklist 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 with 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 are 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

Cracks 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.

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