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Micro-mesh Versus Solid Top Gutter Guards

Has frustration over clogged gutters, or the gutter-cleaning process, driven you to search for gutter guards? One that will keep you gutters free from debris without the need for semi-annual cleaning? As you undertake your search for a gutter solution, you will come across two basic types of gutter guards: Micro-mesh and solid-topped guards. So what’s the difference between the two? Which is more effective at keeping gutters free from debris and funneling water away from your home?

Micro-mesh Versus Solid Top Gutter Guards Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNSolid-top gutter guards.

The earliest gutter guard technology to emerge was solid-top gutter guards. Most solid-top gutters work like this: A curved solid-top sits over the surface of the gutter, curving back into the gutter on the front edge. As it rains, the surface tension of the rain water curves around the edge of the gutter guard. Afterwards, into the gutter itself. Meanwhile, leaves and other debris are deflected from the top of the gutter guard. Consequently, its unable to make it through the small channel that lets rainwater into the gutter.

While solid-top gutter guards can be effective, they do pose some problems. First, some gutter guards do not have any sort of true barrier for leaves and debris. This means leaves and debris do occasionally make their way into the gutters. Over time, that can cause clogs that need to be manually removed. Second, surface tension must develop for rain to make its way into the gutter. Thus, solid-top gutter guards don’t always funnel water effectively.

Once rain starts falling, it can take a while for the surface tension to form and direct water into the gutter. If water hits the top of the gutter guard too swiftly, it overwhelms the small opening in the gutter guard that allows water in, rendering the gutters ineffective. Finally, Solid-top gutter guards are notorious for forming large, dramatic icicles. These can damage the gutters or pose a danger around your home.

Micro-mesh gutter guards.

Micro-mesh gutter guards work on an entirely different technology than solid-top gutter guards. They feature a finely perforated metal surface that sits atop the gutter. The perforations are so fine that they can keep out a grain of sand. When it rains, the micro mesh allows the water to enter the gutter freely. However, any type of debris is blocked from entering the gutter.

Micro-mesh gutter guards solve the problems posed by solid-top gutter guards. They keep all but the tiniest debris out, while still allowing storm water to enter the gutter. Any particles that do enter the gutters are small enough to be washed away by the rain. Additionally, many models of micro-mesh gutter guards do not have to be installed underneath your shingles. This makes installation easier and preserves any warranties your roof might have.

Ready to protect your gutters? Call The Gutterman!

If you are ready to protect your gutters from debris, while still maintaining their function, call The Gutterman of TN today! We can get your gutters covered with SafeGuard gutter guards, micro-mesh gutter guards that can be installed over your existing gutters or as part of a new gutter system.

The Dangers of Stagnant Water

Your gutters play and important role in protecting your home. They keep water from accumulating and standing around your home. When you know the dangers of stagnant water, you understand the importance of taking care of your gutters. In addition, making sure they stay free from debris and in good repair!

The Dangers of Stagnant Water Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNIncreased pressure on the foundation.

Are your gutter downspouts depositing water too close to your foundation and allowing it to stagnate? Are they overflowing and allowing water to pool next to your house? If so, that water can put undue pressure on your foundation. If you can see puddles of stagnant water around your home, that means the soil underneath is fully saturated with water. That heavy, water-laden soil can put pressure on the sides of your foundation. Consequently, this can lead to bulging or cracked walls in your basement.

Settling foundation.

The second problem with an accumulation of water against your foundation? Water draining away. If stagnant water has been putting pressure on your foundation, when that water finally drains away, your home’s foundation can shift and settle. A settling foundation can lead to uneven floors and cracks in the walls or foundation. It can also lead to cracks or shifts in other home structures, such as your masonry chimney.

Flooded or moldy basement.

Stagnant water around your home’s foundation also can cause excessive moisture in your basement. That can mean flooding in your basement during rain events, or mold growth along your basement walls. Dampness or flooding in your basement can damage walls and ceilings and ruin furniture. Even destroying flooring or any possessions you might keep stored there. At the very least, all of that excessive moisture can make the environment in your basement unpleasant. This causes damp air and a musty, moldy smell.

Pest growth.

Stagnant water also can have a detrimental effect on your health, or the health of your pets. Standing water serves as a breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes and flies. Mosquitoes carry a host of diseases that can infect humans, such as West Nile Virus. Plus, mosquitoes can infect your pets with heart worms. When you allow standing water to stagnate near your home, you are inviting pests and the diseases they carry into your backyard!

To prevent stagnant water from accumulating around your home, you need a clean, functioning and properly designed gutter system. Make sure you clean your gutters at least twice a year — or have them fitted with gutter guards to keep debris out. Also, watch for defects in your gutters, such as cracks, sagging and leaking.

If you notice that your gutter system is allowing water to pool and stagnate around your home’s foundation, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We can evaluate your existing gutter system and come up with a solution that will keep your home and your family safe from the dangers of stagnant water.

Why is downspout placement important?

So, what is the important role properly installed and cleaned gutters play? Protecting your home and your property from water damage! There is one more gutter factor that plays a role in protecting your home from water: Gutter downspout placement. So, why is gutter downspout placement so important?

Why is downspout placement important Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNDownspouts need to whisk water away from you home.

Once rainwater or melting snow has poured into your gutters, it needs a place to go. Downspouts determine where the water will discharge from your gutter system and into your yard. A poorly placed downspout can cause a host of issues. These include washing away your landscaping to flooding your basement; even eroding your foundation every time it rains. Downspouts need to empty where the water will flow away from your home. They also should have an additional element that directs water away from your foundation. Whether it is a simple splash block or a more elaborate drainage system, either will work.

Downspouts ensure your gutter system can handle the load of roof runoff.

Downspout placement on a home with a simple roof-line can be pretty straightforward and easy to determine. However, a home with peaks and eaves isn’t as easy. Downspouts that aren’t properly placed can mean overflowing gutters, damaged eaves, rotting soffits, and eroded landscaping.  If you have a more complex roof-line, you need a gutter professional to evaluate the layout of gutters and downspouts. This is to ensure that downspouts are placed at locations that deal with high volumes of water runoff.

Poorly placed downspouts can jeopardize the look of your home.

If you put in a gutter system without giving thought to proper downspout placement, you could be dealing with an eyesore down the road. When downspouts are added as an afterthought, they often are placed in very visible locations. Places such as at the front of a home, next the porch, or at an exposed corner of the home.

Planning your downspout placement when you plan out your gutter system can help you strategically place downspouts. So, they not only handle the load of storm water runoff adequately, but so they are also placed discretely around your home. This way they don’t disrupt the aesthetic appeal of your home.

Are in the market for gutter replacement or repair? If so, make sure you call gutter professionals who will create an entire gutter plan,. This includes careful placement of downspouts to discharge the water from your gutters properly, handle the full load of rainwater from your roof-line, and maintain the curb appeal of your home. For a comprehensive gutter system that will protect your home from water damage, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment to discuss your gutters today!

I’ve got ice in my gutters; now what?

It can be a terrifying view for any homeowners: Ice dams built up along the roof-line against the gutters, or blocks of ice thoroughly blocking gutter downspouts. It’s true; ice dams and frozen gutters can cause damage to your gutter system and your home. Gutters weighed down with ice can pull away from the home, sag or break. Ice dams can force water back up under the eaves of the home, causing mold, mildew, leaks and water damage. So what do you do if you have ice in your gutters or along your roof-line?

Ice in Gutters Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNDon’t attack the ice!

The first instinct for many is to go after the ice aggressively. That means hammers and picks pounding against the ice, and consequently against your roof and gutters. If your ice dams look intimidating, getting rid of the ice at all costs can be tempting. Avoid the temptation to avoid damaging your roof, gutters and eaves. Attacking the ice forcefully likely will do more harm than good.

Address leaks first.

If you notice ice dams along your roof-line, your first move should be to check the interior of your attic for signs of water leaks. The ice dams might look intimidating but actually not be doing any damage. If you see water leaking into the corners of your attic, try aiming a fan at the water spots. The heat from your attic causes the ice to melt and allows water in. Blowing cold air onto the water should be enough to freeze it and stop the leak.

Rake away snow.

Do you know how ice dams form? The heat from your attic warms and melts the snow, which then refreezes along the colder edges of the roof-line. So, the most sensible way to stop ice dams is to get the snow off of the roof. You can use a specialized rake for that purpose. Some such rakes even provide adequate heat to melt ice dams, so you can gently pull them off of your roof.

Wait it out.

Patience might be the best remedy for ice in the gutters or dammed against the edge of the roof. Often, removal methods are ineffective or cause additional harm. If you don’t see damage being caused by the ice dams, it is best to wait until temperatures warm and the ice melts away naturally.

Prevent ice dams next winter!

With ice dams, prevention is key since there is little that can be done once dams form and gutters freeze. Keep gutters clear of debris so that water can flow freely through them in the winter. Ice blocks form in the gutters when water hits an obstruction and can stand long enough to freeze. Clean gutters at least every six months, or consider a gutter guard system to keep debris out of the gutters in the first place! Along the roof-line, increased attic insulation and heated cables along the edge of the roof-line can help to prevent ice dams that can damage eaves.

If your gutters have been damaged by ice, or if you would like to hear more about gutter guards or gutter systems that keep debris out, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation!

How to Winterize Your Gutters

Winter is fully upon us, and if you haven’t taken the time to prepare your gutters, now is the time! Winterizing your gutters can help protect your gutters from damaging ice dams. In addition, it can help protect your home, your home’s foundation, and even your landscaping and driveway from water damage.

How to Winterize Your Gutters Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNWhy should you winterize your gutters?

The primary goal in winterizing your gutters? Making sure that gutters are free from any debris or blockages that will prevent water from flowing freely through your gutters. If water can’t find its way out of your gutters, when temperatures drop below freezing, the water will turn to ice. The ice can cause your gutters to crack, sag away from your roof-line, or fall off entirely.

The heavy, damaged gutters can cause damage to your roof that can lead to roof leaks. When spring hits, the ice and snow melt from your gutters. In turn, the damaged gutters won’t be able to whisk the water safely from your home. This leads to flooding and damage along your foundation or in your landscaping beds. Consequently, it can also cause water to back up within your roof-line.

How do you winterize your gutters?

Gutter “winterization” begins with a good gutter cleaning. While it’s a job few people enjoy doing – clearing away leaves, animal nests, twigs and other debris – its the only way to ensure that water will flow freely through your gutters. Guaranteeing water won’t be able to freeze in place and cause damaging dams this winter. Even if you have installed gutter screens or other gutter contraptions to keep leaves from piling up in your gutters, you still will need to get up on a ladder and manually clean out the gutters. Even with gutter screens or brushes in place to keep out leaves, debris can still become trapped and cause dams within your gutters.

Another key component of gutter “winterization” is a good gutter inspection. While you are up on your ladder clearing away debris, check your gutters for cracks, holes, separated seams, or other damage. Check downspouts to make sure they are debris free and securely in place. Make sure that your gutters have not pulled away from your home’s roof-line or started to sag. Also, you may want to complete a visual inspection of your gutters when it’s raining. Cracks, holes, and loose downspouts that aren’t apparent may become very obvious, once water starts pouring down. If you do notice any damage in your gutters, make sure you repair it immediately. That means patching holes and cracks, re-affixing downspouts, and securing sagging gutters to your roof-line.

What should you do if you find badly damaged gutters?

If you notice that your gutters are badly damaged as you winterize your home, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation! We can help to repair or replace your damaged gutters to keep your home safe from water damage this winter. Do you want gutters that don’t require regular cleaning and semi-annual maintenance? Talk to The Gutterman about seamless gutters and SafeGuard Gutter Guards!

Tips to prevent ice dams on your roof

Preventing Roof Ice Dams Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNEach winter as snow and ice hits your rooftop, that snow poses a danger in the form of ice dams. Left unchecked, ice dams can cause major damage, as the ice along your roof line prevents melting snow from flowing into your gutters. Instead, the water is forced back under the shingles. From the shingles, the water will saturate the roof and drip into your home’s walls, ceilings and soffits. That can mean stained walls, peeling wallpaper and sagging ceilings.

How ice dams form

To prevent ice dams, it helps to understand how ice dams form. When snow sits on your roof, the heat from your attic warms and melts it. The water runs downward and refreezes at the colder, outer edges of your roof line, creating ice dams. This process continues with more and more water hitting the edge of your roof and freezing, creating larger and larger ice dams.

Tips for preventing ice dams

The best way to prevent water damage from ice dams is to prevent ice dams from forming in the first place. Because ice dams form due to irregular temperatures on the roof, the best way to combat ice dams is to create a consistent temperature on your roof top. Some ways to do this include:

  • Vent the attic. Heat rises to the top of home, which makes the peak of your roof its warmest part. Adding vents to your roof’s ridge line and to your soffits can lower the temperature of your attic, which can prevent snow from melting rapidly on your rooftop.
  • Insulate the attic floor. By adding insulation to your attic floor, you will keep the heat within your home. Not only will this help with your home heating bills, it will help to keep your attic from heating your roof and melting snow. Don’t forget to insulate and add weather stripping to the attic hatch.
  • Update your lighting. If you have older recessed lights in your home, they can put off a lot of heat into your attic. Adding insulation to prevent heat transfer from these lights creates a major fire hazard. Replace them with new sealed can lights that can be safely insulated.

Don’t forget air ducts, pipes and cables. When you insulate, include the air ducts, pipes and cables that run through your attic. Seal the joints on your air ducts and cover with insulation. Calk around electric lines and vent pipes.

What to do if ice dams form

As with most things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to ice dams. However, in periods of heavy snow, it can sometimes be impossible to stop ice dams. If you notice ice dams have formed on the edge of your roof, call in the roofing professionals! Roofers have special steamers to remove ice dams without causing damage. Never try to remove dams yourself, as you can badly damage your roof.

For more information on preventing ice dams or for a gutter and roof inspection, contact us at The Gutterman of TN today!

Don’t be stuck outside fixing gutters this holiday season

Outside Gutter Holiday Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNYou have lights to put up, trees to decorate, presents to buy and wrap, and parties to attend and host; the holidays are a notoriously busy time of the year. This holiday season, don’t be stuck outside fixing gutters when you could be spending time with family and friends or tackling your long holiday to-do list; call The Gutterman of TN to have your gutters repaired or replaced, or to have gutter guards placed on your gutters to save you from cleaning out gutters.

Replacing damaged gutters

Eventually gutters wear out, and when they do, they can cause a home maintenance nightmare. They damage landscape; cause rot, water damage and mold to your home’s roof, joists, walls and siding; flood basements; and even damage foundation. Failing gutters also can be an eyesore. If you notice a problem with your gutters, either because water is gathering around your home or in your basement, you see water stains on your walls, your landscaping is washing away or you see damage as you hang your holiday lights, call The Gutterman of TN today!

The Gutterman can evaluate your existing gutters and talk to you about your gutter replacement options. The Gutterman offers complete gutter solutions for your home. Our Advantage Gutter System provides you with the best gutter treatment for your home, and we offer specialty gutters, including Copper and Galvalume gutters, half-round gutters, 7-inch seamless gutters and 7-inch seamless box gutters.

Benefitting from gutter guards

Another gutter maintenance task that can pull you away from your family, and from the warm comfort of your home, is dirty gutters. Save yourself from this odious task by talking to The Gutterman of TN about gutter guards today! With our gutter guard systems, you can be confident that water will keep flowing through your gutter, unobstructed by leaves or other debris, while you enjoy your holiday gatherings and festivities.

At The Gutterman of TN, we install SafeGuard gutter guards, a stainless steel micromesh that deflects large debris like leaves and twigs, while allowing the tiniest debris, like roof grit, to flow easily and safely through your gutters with rainwater. SafeGuard gutter guards have a low profile, so they won’t impact the look of your roofline, don’t warp and come with a 20-year clog-free guarantee! If your current gutters are in good shape, The Gutterman can fit SafeGuard gutter guards over your existing gutter system, or we can install SafeGuard gutter guards along with your replacement gutters.

Call The Gutterman of TN today!

Don’t wait until your failing gutters spoil your holiday season, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! Our gutter experts will evaluate your existing gutters, talk to you about your concerns and present you with gutter options that will keep your home safe from water runoff and that will keep you safe from being overburdened by your gutters this holiday season!

Replace gutters that are beyond repair

Replacing Gutters Beyond Repair Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNHomeowners usually don’t put a lot of thought into their gutters until they begin to fail and cause problems. If your gutters are beyond repair, don’t wait to replace them!

Signs it’s time to repair gutters

If your gutters are failing, you likely will notice some subtle signs around your home that water is no longer being ushered away from your home’s foundation. You also might notice some more obvious problems with your gutters as you clear them of leaves this fall. Some signs your gutters need to be replaced include:

  • Peeling paint and rotting woodwork. Failing gutters allow water to cascade down the sides of your home. That can lead to peeling paint and rotting woodwork around your home or your roof line.
  • Damaged landscaping. If gutters are failing and water is rushing through a downspout or crack, it can damage the landscape below. If you notice that your landscape washes away in the same spot after every rainstorm, it could be a sign that your gutters are failing.
  • Mildew in the basement. One of the more subtle signs of failing gutters is moisture or mildew in your basement. When gutters fail, moisture is no longer ushered away from your home’s foundation. It can moisten the soil around your basement, causing moisture and mildew on your basement’s interior walls.
  • Gutters pulling away from the house. One of the most obvious visual signs of failing gutters are gutters that are sagging or pulling away from the home’s roof line. Sagging gutters can allow water to pour down between the gutter and the house, causing serious water damage to the home’s walls, and they can detract from the look of your house.
  • Cracks. Once gutters are cracked, they can be nearly impossible to repair. Larger cracks might be easy to notice in any weather, but smaller cracks might only show themselves during a rainstorm, as water comes pouring through them.
  • Separated seams. If you have an older gutter system with seams, those seams will pull apart over time. Like cracks, they can be difficult or nearly impossible to repair.

What to do when gutters need to be replaced

If you notice signs that your gutters are failing, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today! We can inspect your gutters to help you determine whether they need to be replaced. If they do need to be replaced, we can talk to you about your gutter replacement options, which include:

  • The Advantage Gutter and Roofing System. With the Advantage Gutter and Roofing System, The Gutterman’s gutter experts will evaluate your home’s roof line and drainage needs to prevent a comprehensive solution to drainage problems.
  • Specialty Gutters. The Gutterman of TN offers a variety of specialty gutters to fit your home’s needs or your taste. Those options include copper gutters or galvalume gutters, round gutters, 7-inch seamless gutters and 7-inch seamless box gutters.
  • SafeGuard Gutter Guards. If you are tired of cleaning out your gutters, we can outfit your new seamless gutters with SafeGuard Gutter Guards for a maintenance-free gutter solution.

If your gutters need to be replaced, call The Gutterman of TN today, before your bad gutters can cause damage to your home!

Don’t Ever Clean Your Gutters Again!

Fall is in full swing. The temperatures have dipped, the trees are rich with color, and leaves have started to fall. And fall. And fall. If you have already cleaned out your gutters this season, you are probably not too keen on the beautifully colored leaves still clinging to the trees. You know that before long, you will be putting on your work gloves and climbing the ladder to clean out the gutters again. But, what if we told you that you don’t have to clean out your gutters again this fall? In fact, you never have to clean your gutters again when you let The Gutterman of TN install SafeGuard gutter guards on your home!

Don't Ever Clean Your Gutters Again - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNSafeGuard offers fine mesh metal gutter guards. These keep the most important types of debris, such as leaves, twigs, seed pods and animal nests, from entering your gutters and causing clogs. At the same time, it lets water flow freely into and through the gutters, along with fine particles such as pollen and roof grit. SafeGuard gutter guards can be installed over your existing gutters, or they can be installed as part of a complete gutter system from The Gutterman of TN.

SafeGuard gutter guards offer major advantages over competing gutter guards, and over leaving your gutters fully exposed to debris.

 

These advantages include:

  • Easier installation. SafeGuard gutter guards can be installed over your existing gutters without disrupting the roofline. This means you don’t have to worry about damaging your roof or voiding its warranty.
  • Metal construction. Unlike many other competing gutter guards, SafeGuard gutter guards are made from stainless steel mesh and aluminum frames. So, they won’t rust or warp.
  •  Subtle appearance. Because SafeGuard gutter guards have a low profile, they won’t detract from the look of your home or your roof-line.
  • Protection against flooding. SafeGuard gutter guards can help keep your gutters from clogging, failing, and overflowing. When your gutters overflow, that puts your home at risk for water damage. This can either be within the home’s wooden structure or along the home’s foundation.
  • No-clog warranty. SafeGuard gutter guards carry a 20-year warranty against clogging! Even with some other gutter guards, it is still recommended that you clean your gutters one to two times per year. With SafeGuard gutter guards, your gutters will flow freely without additional maintenance.

If you don’t want to climb your ladder again to start scooping out nasty debris and leaves call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We can visit your home and talk to you about the SafeGuard gutter guard system. Also, we will give you a quote for installing your SafeGuard gutter guards. Keeping you off your ladder and out of the gutters for years to come!

Is your gutter system doing its job?

Functioning Gutter System Image - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TNYour gutters serve one primary purpose: To divert water away from your home to prevent damage. When your gutters aren’t working properly, water can pool around your home causing major damage. Failing gutters can cause mold in your home’s structure, water damage to the roof and home structure, and damage to your landscaping. More frighteningly, failing gutters can cause water to pool around the base of your home, where it can cause extensive foundation damage.

So is your gutter system doing its job of keep water away from your home?

A simple walk around your home, particularly after a rainstorm, can help you detect failing gutters. When your gutters aren’t working properly, you might see:

  • Water pooling around your home’s foundation,
  • Water pouring from your gutters during a rainstorm,
  • Eroded or washed-away landscaping,
  • Sagging or cracked gutters,
  • Mold or mildew along fascia, your siding or your roof,
  • Flooding in your basement, damp basement walls or water stains on basement walls.

Call the gutter professionals

If you have noticed any of these signs that your gutters are failing, it’s time to call in the professionals. Failing gutters can cause major damage to your home’s structure, from your foundation to your landscaping to your roofline. Fortunately, if you have a problem with your existing gutters, The Gutterman of TN can help!

When you call The Gutterman of TN to fix your gutter problems, we don’t look for a Band-Aid solution. We find a way to permanently improve your roofline and your gutters and keep your home safe from water damage. The best way to get the most from The Gutterman of TN is with our Advantage Gutter and Roofing System.

When The Gutterman of TN is called in to install a complete Advantage Gutter and Roofing system, we thoroughly inspect your existing gutters and your home for signs of water damage or other gutter problems. We look for molding fascia, weaknesses or breaks within the gutters and signs of animal access into your gutters. Once we identify the root causes of your gutter problems, we recommend a thorough solution to protecting your home and property from water damage caused by bad gutters in the future. Depending on our diagnosis of your home’s drainage problems, that may include new roofing, new gutters and/or drainage solutions that will usher water away from your home. We can also talk to you about our SafeGuard Gutter Guard system to protect your new gutters from clogging debris.

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