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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 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.
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!
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
Gutters don’t seem like a great habitat for living things, but there are plenty of animals who would happily make a home or seek shelter in your gutter system, especially if there is debris in the gutters. Animals in your gutters are more than a nuisance; they can damage the system, use the gutters to gain entry into your home, or even pose a health hazard. Here’s what you need to know about animals in your gutters and what you can do to keep them out.
Animals you might find in your gutters
You might be wondering what types of animals like to nest inside gutters. It may be surprising to learn that a variety of animals commonly make their way into gutters. Some animals who like gutters include:
- Squirrels populate nearly every neighborhood, and they’re notoriously good climbers, so it’s no surprise that squirrels are often found in gutters where they can nest or hide food. Squirrels in gutters can be a problem particularly for homes that have a lot of branches hanging over their roofline.
- Birds. Not surprisingly, birds will nest in gutter systems. Gutters are especially welcoming if they’re already filled with a layer of debris that can be used as a base for a nest.
- Possums and raccoons. They might seem too large to fit, but possums and raccoons enjoy the quiet shelter of gutters. That can cause a major problem, not only because of the weight and stress they put on gutters but also because they will bear and raise offspring in gutters.
- Cats. It’s no secret that cats like the high ground. Gutters provide them the sheltered vantage points they enjoy. Unfortunately, that means that your gutters might attract feral cats to your home.
- Snakes and lizards. It’s not uncommon to find snakes and lizards lurking in gutters. They’ve been known to climb tree branches to gain access to gutters or make their way up downspouts.
Keeping animals out of the gutters
Animals in the gutter can cause all sorts of problems. That’s why you should take the necessary steps to keep pests out of your gutters. Some strategies include:
- Cleaning your gutters. Keeping your gutters clean is important for a variety of reasons. It removes nesting material for animals, and it upsets any animal nests that have already been made.
- Trim back trees. Overhanging tree limbs create a pathway to your gutters for animals. Trimming tree limbs away from your gutters can help block animals’ paths to your gutters.
- Create alternative habitats. Giving animals better alternatives to your gutters can help keep them away from your roofline. Consider adding bird or squirrel houses to your yard. Planting trees and shrubs, as well as low-growing cover, away from your home also encourages animals to nest and seek shelter there.
- Install gutter guards. One of the most foolproof ways to keep animals out of your gutters is by installing gutter guards. Gutter guards will block any possible entryway into your gutters, preventing any damage they could cause while still allowing water to pass through.
If your gutters need to be repaired after being damaged by animals, or if you’re ready to keep animals out of your gutters with gutter guards, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today!
They’re often overlooked, but they play a major role in protecting your home: Gutters. When gutters fail, they leave your home open to all sorts of damage. That damage can be serious and expensive to repair. In many homes, gutters have been improperly installed. Fully protecting your home from water and ice damage means being sure that your gutters are properly installed.
Common Gutter Installation Problems
When inspecting your gutters to determine whether they’re properly installed, you should check for these common elements. Some common gutter installation mistakes include:
- Improperly pitched gutters.
Gutters need to slope toward downspouts to ensure that water will flow in the right direction. Gutters only need to slope one-quarter inch per 10 feet, so it can be difficult to spot proper gutter pitch. If gutters are backed up or have standing water then your gutter’s pitch is inadequate.
- Poor placement of downspouts.
Water needs to be able to exit your gutters effectively, or it will pour over the sides of the gutters in heavy rains. When gutters chronically overflow, ineffective placement of downspouts or an inadequate number of downspouts is often to blame.
- A lack of downspout outlets.
Your downspouts need to be able to direct the water from your gutters to the right spot. If your downspouts terminate too close to your home, without drains or splash pads, your basement will flood, and you will risk foundation damage. French drains or gutter extensions can help to save your home from downspouts that deposit water too close to your home’s foundation.
- Missing or dropping gutters.
Of course, the biggest mistake with gutter installation is to have missing gutters! Without gutters in place, water flows off of your roof and pools directly next to your home.
The Problem with Improper Gutter Installation
When your home doesn’t have a properly installed gutter system, all sorts of problems can result. Water can deposit right next to your home’s foundation. It can flood your basement and degrade your foundation. It can destroy your landscaping and sidewalks. Water can run down the sides of your home, causing mold growth and water rot in your walls, siding, windows, and doors. In short, you can’t afford to have improperly installed gutters on your home. A properly installed gutter system is a relatively minor expense when you consider that it can save your house from major damage that can be extremely expensive to repair.
What to do if Your Gutters aren’t Properly Installed
If you notice the signs that your gutters haven’t been properly installed it’s time to seek out a new gutter system for your home. Look out for:
- water flooding into your basement,
- standing water in the gutters,
- water pouring over the edges of the gutters when it rains or gutters that are pulling away from your home.
If you are in need of a properly installed gutter system, call the Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We can properly install a gutter system that will keep your home safe from water damage.
Your home protects you all winter long, keeping out the ice, wind, freezing rains and freezing temperatures. But your home also requires some protection during the winter months, to stave off damage from water and freezing temperatures. You don’t want to have your home thaw out this spring only to find that your home has suffered damage from winter’s brutal weather. One of the best ways to protect your home from the damage this winter is by caring for your gutters.
Winter Gutter Woes
You know your gutters shuttle water around your roofline, down your downspouts and away from your home. When winter temperatures plummet, however, your gutters are sometimes unable to do their job. When water freezes in your gutters, there are several problems you could encounter:
• Ice dams. Ice dams are among the most common winter gutter problems. Heat escaping your attic melts the snow and ice on your roof. As the water runs down the roof, it refreezes along the gutter line. Over time, the ice dam can build up, damaging your home and gutter.
• Sagging gutters. The water that freezes in your gutters over the winter also can cause your gutters to sag away from your home due to the added weight. Sagging gutters can damage your roofline, or the gutters can detach entirely from your home, creating a hazard to your home and any property or person that might be surrounding your home.
• Cracked or broken gutters. Everyone knows that when water freezes, it expands. If you have standing water in your gutters and it freezes when temperatures drop, the expansion that occurs when it turns to ice can cause the seams of your gutters to crack, rendering your gutters unsightly and ineffective.
Any of these wintertime gutter problems can lead to major problems for your home. When your gutters fail, water can be forced underneath your roofline or into your walls. The water can run down the sides of your house, rotting siding, or window or door frames. If failing gutters deposit water along the foundation of your home, the result could be a cracked or damaged foundation or a flooded basement.
Protecting Your Gutters and Your Home
If you haven’t positioned your gutters to protect your home this winter, you might notice water flooding in through your walls, ceiling or basement when warmer temperatures lead to thawing ice and snow. The best way to protect your gutters and home is by keeping your gutters in good repair and cleared from debris. Seamless gutters can help you avoid cracks and leaks, while stainless steel or copper gutters are made to be long-lasting to prevent winter damage. To lessen the risk of ice dams, standing water or leaks, keep gutters free from debris with regular cleaning. Finally, install gutter guards to prevent debris from entering your gutters in the first place.
If you notice that your gutters have been damaged by snow and ice this winter, call The Gutterman of TN! We can fit your home with new gutters, or install gutter guards to keep your gutters safe from buildup and debris.
Few homeowners look forward to climbing their ladders to clear the muck and debris from their gutters. But failing to do so can have major impacts on your home that could lead to even bigger messes and even expensive property damage. Especially in winter, when gutters are working overtime to shutter rain, sleet and melting snow from your roofline, keeping your gutters clean is crucial. Here’s why keeping your gutters clean is so important.
Preventing Roof Damage
A new roof is an expensive home repair. Fortunately, roofs can last for decades, provided their properly cared for. One of the best things you can do to protect your roof from damage is to clean your gutters! When your gutters are clogged, water and wet debris back up into your roofline. It can cause the roof to rot, mold and decay. If neglected for too long, clogged gutters can even cause water to back up underneath your roof, where it can cause the roof joists and support to warp or rot. Roof replacement becomes even more extensive and costly when gutters are neglected year after year. Water freezing in the gutters or along the roofline can drive water up under the roof even faster in winter months. Prevent roof damage by making sure your gutters are clear this winter.
Keeping Gutters Healthy
Like your roof, your gutters are made to last for decades. But dirty gutters will break down prematurely. Debris rotting in the gutters can cause gutters to rot and crack. The weight of debris, or ice that freezes in clogged gutters when water can’t get through, can cause gutters to sag away from your home or even break away entirely. Keep your gutters healthy by keeping them clean from debris.
Protecting Your Walkways and Driveways
Keeping water away from your home becomes even more important in the winter. Fluctuating winter temperatures can cause water to melt one day and freeze the next. When water pours from your home on a sunny day, it can do major damage to your walkways, driveways and masonry landscape features when temperatures drop again. That’s because concrete, stone, brick and other masonry materials absorb water. When temperatures drop and water freezes within the masonry material, cracks and holes form. Keeping your gutters clean can protect your walkway, driveway or masonry landscape feature from freeze-thaw damage.
Preserving Your Foundation
Just as the freeze-thaw cycle can damage your walkways, it can damage your foundation! In fact, the main purpose of gutters is to shutter water away from your foundation. Any time of year, water pooling around your foundation can cause everything from a flooded basement to a shifting foundation. In the winter, as the water around your home freezes and thaws, causing the ground around your home to contract and expand, water around your foundation can become even more dangerous. Gutters need to be kept clear year round to protect your foundation from water damage.
If you hate cleaning your gutters but want to protect your home from water and ice damage all year, The Gutterman of TN has a solution for you: SafeGuard Gutter Guards! Call us today to hear how gutter guards can keep your gutters flowing while eliminating the need for gutter cleaning.