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Gutters are essential in keeping your home safe from water damage. Bad gutters can cost you thousands in repairs. If you’re not a gutter expert, though, how can you tell if your gutters are due to be replaced? Here are some signs that your home needs new gutters.
Cracks, holes or gaps in the gutters
An obvious sign that your gutters need to be replaced are cracks, holes or gaps of any kind in your gutters. Cracks, holes and gaps in your gutters allow water to flow down against your home and land near your home’s foundation. In a heavy rainstorm or heavy snowmelt, they could lead to basement flooding or even foundation damage. If you see cracks, holes or gaps in the gutter in even a minor degree, your gutters should be replaced to keep your home safe from water damage.
Discoloration or paint damage on your gutter
Even if cracks, gaps or holes aren’t clearly visible on your gutters, your gutters might show you other signs that water is leaking through and that they are no longer holding all of the water that flows off your roof. Signs that water is seeping through the gutters include paint peeling off of the gutters or rust or discoloration on the gutters. Pay close attention to seams and joints on the gutters, where leaks are likely to develop first.
Your gutters should form a tight, clean line along your roof to ensure that water is flowing directly into, and not around or under, the gutters. Sagging gutters indicate that your gutters are due to be replaced or repaired.
Water damage on your home’s exterior
Your gutters might look like they are in good repair, but your home’s exterior might be showing you signs that gutters aren’t doing their job of keeping water away from your home. Check your soffit, siding, wood trim, paint, doorways and windows for signs of water damage, including bubbling, peeling paint, rotten wood, mildew or discoloration. These are all signs that your gutters are failing and allowing water to damage your home, and waiting to replace gutters can result in serious home damage.
Puddles of water around the home
Take a walk around your home after it rains. Do you see puddles forming around your home’s foundation? Where puddles have formed, look up to see if gutters are leaking, sagging or failing. If gutters are allowing water to access your home’s foundation, your home is at risk of major damage.
Moisture or mildew in the basement
Signs of gutter failure don’t just happen around your home’s exterior; you also should take a look at your basement. If gutters are failing and allowing water to access your home’s foundation, your basement very likely will show you signs of water collecting around its exterior. If your basement is damper than normal, if you see mildew or discoloration along the walls or ceiling or if your basement floods when it rains, it’s time to have your gutters evaluated by a professional.
Don’t let failing gutters allow water to damage your home! If you see signs that your gutters need to be replaced, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an inspection and consultation today!
Gutters keep your home safe from water damage, from your foundation to your overhangs. They can even keep your basement from flooding and landscaping from washing away. But did you know that when it comes to choosing gutters for your home, you have lot of options? Whether you’re looking for an architectural upgrade or your home has special drainage considerations, check out the specialty gutters from The Gutterman of TN!
Seamless gutters & Copper gutters
Traditional gutters feature joints and seams where different sections of gutters come together. Not only are these joints unsightly, but they can cause even more problems over time. As your gutters age, they develop leaks as the joints break down. Save yourself from this headache with seamless gutters!
For another low-maintenance option, that’s also beautiful and will weather the elements without breaking down, you should consider copper gutters. Copper is among the most durable materials. It also won’t corrode and develop leaks over time. On top of that, copper is beautiful. It begins as a beautiful metallic orange and fades to a lovely green patina. Copper gutters are a popular choice for the home that has historical or high-end looks.
Galvalume gutters & Half-round gutters
Galvalume gutters offer the durability of copper gutters at a lower price. Galvalume gutters are made from aluminum, stainless steel, and zinc. They won’t rust or corrode and will last for decades. Galvalume gutters are a matte steel gray that provides a sleek, modern look to any home.
Half-round gutters offer an unique shape. As the name suggests, they are a half-pipe shape. Because this was one of the earlier gutter shapes, they are often used on historic homes or to give them a traditional look. At The Gutterman of TN, we offer 6-inch half-round gutters. However, while these gutters protect most homes from rooftop water runoff, half-round gutters are not the best option for homes whose roofs generate high amounts of runoff.
Another unusual gutter shape is the box gutters. Box gutters are square in shape, and they are installed under the roof’s overhang. While these gutters are common on industrial buildings, they are a popular option for homeowners who want low-profile gutters that blend in with the roofline. Because they are difficult to spot from a distance, box gutters are a popular choice for modern homes.
Gutters are a necessity for your home, but that doesn’t mean you need to choose run-of-the-mill gutters! Whether you are looking for increased durability or looking to add architectural interest to your home, specialty gutters is right for you. Call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation today to learn all about our specialty gutters!
When it comes to getting your gutters cleaned, most homeowners underestimate the importance of it. You should really get your gutters cleaned, especially in the winter season as fall brings so much debris and leaves into your gutters. Here’s what you need to know about making sure your gutters are ready for the holiday season.
Why your gutters must be cleaned before the holidays
The fall season collects so much debris and leaves in your gutters. If the debris isn’t removed before the winter holidays, it can cause serious problems for your home. Clogs in the gutters or downspouts allow water to pool in your gutters. During the rainy fall weather, that can lead to overflowing gutters to flood your landscaping, walkways, foundations and basements. This can cause water damage to your home sidings, roof windows, and door frames.
When temperatures drop, the water that is trapped inside the gutters to freeze, causing more problems. When your gutters are filled with debris and ice, water that comes off of your warm roof can be forced backward under your roof, causing water damage, rot, and mold to your attic and roof structure.
The dangers of clogged gutters
A gutter that is full of water and debris can cause lots of problems, especially when the temperatures drop. The weight of the ice in the gutter can cause it to sag or fall off entirely. They also cause severe ice dams on your roof. As the warmth of your attic melts rooftop snow, that water flows down toward your gutters. When gutters are too full to accommodate water, this freezes on the edges of your home and builds up heavy layers of ice. This is called the ice dams, on your roof’s edge. Water flowing off your roof can’t flow through the gutters. This can also overflow the gutter’s edge, causing a dangerous buildup of icicles.
Once gutters are cleared, they should be kept that way for the winter! If you don’t want to be stuck pulling leaves and debris out of your gutters in icy, freezing weather, consider installing gutter guards. Gutter guards keep debris out while also allowing water and melted snow to flow through your gutters.
Why your gutters should be inspected for the winter
It’s very important to get your gutters inspected for the winter. Downspouts should be checked to make sure they are attached to the gutter systems and free from debris. The gutters should also be checked for cracks or damage too. Seams and anchors should be checked to ensure that they are securely holding gutters in place. Finally, the exterior of your home including fascia, siding, and landscaping, should be checked. Your gutters aren’t adequately shuttling water away from your home and could be causing damages.
If you need help preparing your gutters for the holidays or address any winter gutter problems, call The Gutterman of TN today! Gutterman, Scott Brasfield, has the experience and the certifications to address any of your gutter needs!
When it comes to outfitting your home with new gutters, you will find plenty of options available to meet your home’s style and needs. Most people are familiar with conventional gutters. Majority of homes are outfitted with flat-bottomed K-shaped gutters, made from either traditional or seamless aluminum. Whether you’re searching for an unique look for your home or your home has special drainage needs, The Gutterman of TN has a variety of specialty gutters to suit your needs. Here are the variety of advantages of specialty gutters.
Copper gutters & Galvalume gutters
Copper gutters have been increasing in popularity, thanks to their beauty and durability. They have a beautiful orange color that weathers to an antique green over time. They also provide an upscale touch to any home, while also fit with the historical look of older homes. Once installed, copper gutters last for decades, thanks to the natural durability of the metal.
Galvalume gutters have also became a popular choice for homeowners who want the durability of copper gutters at a lower cost. Galvalume gutters are made from a combination of steel, aluminum, and zinc to combat rust and corrosion. In addition to its durability, they lend a modern look to homes, thank their matte silver appearance.
Box gutters & Half round gutters
Box gutter have long been used on industrial buildings, and at one time they were a popular choice for homes as well. They have seen a resurgence as a home gutter option, as homeowners look for a low-profile, contemporary gutter look to recreate the historical home look. Box gutters sit below the roofline as an integrated part of the structure, rather than extending out from the side of the roof. They are a discreet option for homeowners who want the architecture of their rooflines to be the focal point, rather than the gutter system.
While box gutters blend into the roofline, half round gutters stand out, thanks to its unusual shape. Half-round gutters are essentially half pipes that catch the rainwater flowing off the roof to whisk it away from your home. Half-round gutters were some of the earlier gutters, so they are a popular option for older home restorations or historical homes. Half round gutters are able to handle more rainwater, so they also are an excellent specialty gutter option for homeowners with steep roofs that generate more runoff.
Protected gutters are another specialty gutter option. They feature gutter guards to keep leaves and debris out. This saves homeowners from the problems caused by gutter clogs and from the unpleasant task of cleaning gutters. At The Gutterman, we offer SafeGuard Gutter Guards. It’s made with specialized micromesh to keep even the finest debris out while allowing water to flow easily through it.
If your home is in need of new gutters, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today! We will show you all of the gutter options we have, including traditional gutters and specialty gutters.
When Fall comes around, many homeowners start to consider gutter guards. As leaves fall and fill your gutters, many homeowners begin to contemplate what they could do to avoid having to clean their gutters year after year. The Gutterman of TN has the solution to preventing clogged gutters: SafeGuard Gutter Guards. Here’s what you need to know about the SafeGuard Gutter Guard System.
Why SafeGuard Gutter Guards?
SafeGuard Gutter Guards provide a gutter guard system, unlike others. With SafeGuard Gutter Guards, a micromesh stainless steel overlays the gutter on a durable metal frame. When water pours down the roof, it’s able to enter the gutters through the ultrafine openings in the mesh. The mesh is so fine, however, that leaves and twigs and the smallest debris isn’t able the enter and clog the gutter. In addition to its unique micromesh technology, SafeGuard Gutter Guards offer additional advantages over other types of gutter guards, including:
- The ability to fit over existing gutters. SafeGuard Gutter Guards can be installed as part of an overall gutter system. But if your gutters are still in great shape, you can have them fitted with new SafeGuard Gutter Guards, saving you money on new gutter guards.
- Stronger supports. SafeGuard Gutter Guard System include gutters that are fitted with stronger supports than normal gutters. This means your gutters will hold up better and be less prone to drooping or sagging over time.
- Larger gutters. SafeGuard Gutter Guard Systems feature 6-inch gutters and 3-by-4-inch downspouts. These larger gutters and downspouts accommodate water from the heaviest rainstorms or snow melts so your gutters won’t overflow. Water is also safely ushered away from your home’s foundation.
- Modular construction. SafeGuard Gutter Guards are installed in pieces. That means if your gutter guards are damaged by a falling tree or another disaster, the individual damaged piece can be replaced without interfering with the rest of the gutter guard system.
- Custom colors. SafeGuard Gutter Guard systems come in a variety of colors so you can choose the gutter system that complements the look of your home.
Why The Gutterman?
If you’re looking for a new gutter guard system, there are no one out there better than The Gutterman of TN. The Gutterman, Scott Brasfield, has worked in the home improvement industry for 25 years, and he’s specialized in gutters, gutter guard systems, and roofs for more than 14 years.
Scott is fully licensed and insured, and he’s deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of his business. That means when you choose The Gutterman, you’re getting a contractor who is experienced to complete the job the right way. You are also getting someone who is committed to serving their customers and meeting their expectations and needs. If you’re ready for SafeGuard Gutter Guard System, then call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today!
Putting a new roof on a home is an expensive proposition, but failing to restore your roof or failing to put a sturdy roof on a new home can lead to a host of home woes, including leaks, water damage, and mold. So what if we told you that The Gutterman of TN could provide you with the only roof you’ll ever put on a home? Metal shingle roofs are beautiful and durable, and they outlast traditional roofing materials by decades.
Benefits of metal shingles
Metal roofs have been growing in popularity. They add a sleek, modern look to contemporary homes and they come with a host of benefits. In addition to the metal sheet roof, you can opt to add metal shingles to your roof. These shingles mirror the look of traditional asphalt- or cedar-shingle roofs but with all the benefits of a metal roof. Some of the reasons to install a metal roof include:
• Durability. One of the major reasons people choose to install metal roofs is the longevity of the materials. A metal roof can last approximately 70 years or more. That far outpaces the 12- to 20-year lifespan of a roof built from traditional metal materials.
• Energy efficiency. It goes without saying that metal reflects light. That makes metal roofs an excellent energy efficient option. The metal roofs reflect away sunlight, so your home won’t absorb as much heat. In summer, a metal shingle roof can save you on your home-cooling bills by as much as 25 percent. because your home won’t heat up as quickly under the intense rays of the summer sun.
• Strength. Metal roofs aren’t just built to last under normal conditions; they’re built to last under extreme circumstance. Metal roofs can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, they don’t ignite easily in case of a home fire and they’ll hold up to a lightning strike.
• Environmental friendliness. Believe it or not, metal roofing is also environmentally friendly. Most metal roofs are made from between 25 to 95 percent recycled materials. Excess shingles or pieces (and the entire roof itself) can be recycled.
• Quick and easy installation. Metal roofs also provide easy installation. With their lightweight materials and easy installation, you can have a new metal shingle roof much faster than you would if you chose to replace your roof with a traditional asphalt roof.
With all of its benefits and its long lifespan, a metal shingle roof is the only roof you will ever need to install on your house. If you’re sold on a metal shingle roof as the best option for your home — or if you want to learn more about metal shingle roofs before making a decision — call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation today!
Gutter cleaning is, perhaps, one of the most universally loathed home maintenance tasks. Few homeowners relish climbing a latter and pulling out the leaves and underlying muck. While this chore is despised, it’s also incredibly important. When you allow leaves to build up in your gutters, you see some ill effects in and around your home.
When your gutters are full of leaves, rainwater can’t flow through your gutters and away from your home. During a heavy or long-lasting rainstorm, you will see your gutters begin to overflow. Overflowing gutters might seem innocent enough, but they’ll actually lead to some serious problems with your home, including:
• A flooded basement. Believe it or not, overflowing gutters can lead to a flooded basement. When large amounts of water are deposited next to your home, the water has nowhere to go. It can seep down through the soil around your home and into through the walls of your basement, causing flooding and damage.
• Stained or rotted woodwork. As water flows down the exterior walls of your home, it can cause damage to the wood framing around your doors and windows, and it can cause staining on siding and doors. The longer gutters are allowed to overflow, the worse the damage is likely to be.
• Damaged landscaping. An excess of water striking your landscaping can ruin the aesthetic. It can wash away mulch, flowerbed, retaining walls and landscape features; it can kill plants; and it can destroy sidewalks, patios, and walkways.
• Deteriorated foundation. The worse of the damage caused by overflowing gutter is a deteriorated foundation. Wet soil can introduce moisture to the masonry materials of your foundation, which can cause it to crack or weaken. As the wet soil around your foundation shifts, it can cause your foundation to shift and suffer damage, as well.
Too much debris built up in your gutters eventually will become too much for your gutters to endure. When gutters become too heavy, they will droop, pull away from your home and crack. Not only does this cause permanent damage to your gutters, but it can also degrade the look of your home.
When leaves are left in the gutter over the winter, the likelihood of problems increases. The water in the gutters will freeze. The ice can weigh down gutters and cause damage. It also can cause ice dams that can damage your roof. Snow on your rooftop melts due to heat coming out of your attic. As the water flows down your rooftop, it will have nowhere to go when gutters are already filled with ice. The water will be forced back into your rooftop. There it can cause water damage, or it can refreeze and cause large, damaging, dangerous ice dams on your rooftop.
If you hate cleaning your gutters but don’t want to face the ill effects of clogged gutters, The Gutterman of TN can help! We can install gutter guards on your gutters to prevent leaves and debris from entering the gutters in the first place, eliminating the need for gutter cleaning while keeping your home safe with a functioning gutter system.
Does your home need new gutters, but you want something that’s more than just run-of-the-mill? With specialty gutters from The Gutterman of TN, you will find gutters that fit the aesthetics, or the practical needs, of your home. When it comes to specialty gutters, here’s what The Gutterman has to offer:
While the gutters routinely installed on homes feature a K-shape, half-round gutters are essentially a half tube made to shuttle the water that flows from your home’s rooftop. For centuries, half-round gutters could be found on many homes, and for that reason, half-round gutters are often installed on historical homes or homes with a historical feel. Before choosing half-round gutters, you will want to consult with a gutter expert. Half-round gutters don’t accommodate nearly as much water as their K-shaped counterpart, so they might not work if you live in an area that sees heavy rains or if your roofline is heavily sloped.
7-inch box gutters
Another novel shape for gutters are box gutters. These square gutters, the top edge of which sits flush with your roofline, are most commonly installed on commercial buildings, but they make a great addition to residential homes, as well! Because of their sleek, low-profile appearance, box gutters are the perfect complement to modern or contemporary homes. The straight lines of box gutters mean that box gutters blend into the profile of your roofline so the line of your gutter won’t detract from the look of your home.
Copper gutters make a beautiful, stand-out addition to any home. When initially installed, copper gutters feature the traditional beauty of shiny copper, and they age to develop a beautiful patina. Copper gutters are a lovely accent on a historical or high-end home. And due to the nature of copper, copper gutters will last for decades without the need for excessive maintenance.
Galvalume gutters offer the perfect alternative to homeowners searching for gutters that have a unique look and long-lasting durability. Galvalume gutters are steel gutters coated in a combination of zinc and aluminum. They won’t rust or corrode over time, and they have an attractive matte gray appearance. Galvalume gutters are a great specialty gutter option for homeowners who want something different but don’t want to overspend on their gutters.
7-inch seamless gutters
Sometimes standard 6-inch gutters aren’t enough for the volume of water that flows off a rooftop. When your roof needs more protection from water, you can trust 7-inch seamless gutters from The Gutterman. These gutters can handle the water flowing off of homes with larger rooftops or roofs with extra pitches or steeper slopes. And because these gutters are seamless, you won’t have to worry about your gutters developing leaks over time.
If you’re ready to overhaul the look of your home with new, specialty gutters, call The Gutterman of TN! We can talk to you about the different types of specialty gutters and help you choose the type of gutters that are right for your home.
If you are searching for new gutters for your home, then you must know the importance of a solid, functional gutter system to protect your home and property against water damage. However, what types of gutters are ideal for funneling water safely away from your home’s foundation? Look no further, our team at Gutterman of TN have solutions to help!
The Advantage Gutter System from The Gutterman
The Gutterman of TN specializes in creating complete gutter systems for our customers. For every home we outfit for gutters, we also analyze every aspects of the home and the homeowner’s needs. We want to make sure the gutter system is the best at protecting your home from rain, sleet, snow, and ice. The following are some of the major factors that we take into consideration when picking the right gutters for you.
Roof size & Roof pitch
The size of your roof has a huge impact on your gutter system. You need gutters that are sized right for your specific roof. If your gutters aren’t wide enough or the right shape to deal with the runoff from your roof line, your gutters then can overflow to flood your foundation.
Like your roof size, the roof pitch affects how water flows into your gutters. Certain sections of your roof or even your entire roof pitch, may require larger gutters or gutters of a certain shape to handle the flow of water from your roof.
Gutter materials & Gutter guards
Gutters come in all different materials. Aluminum gutters is slowly becoming the industry’s standard for durability, functionality, and aesthetics, while other gutters are popular for their ability to last for years or their aesthetic appeal. The Gutterman can design a Advantage Gutter System custom fit for your home, our experts have the knowledge and experience to help you choose the right gutter material.
Many homeowners take advantage of the opportunity to redo their gutters by adding gutter guards. The Gutterman can add one of two different gutter guard types to your new gutters, so you won’t have to burdened with the task of cleaning out your gutters. Both of our gutter guard products feature the stainless-steel mesh technology that has become the industry standard.
Sometimes, having gutters is not enough to protect your home from storm water runoff, or maybe you prefer not to let your storm water go to waste. If storm water pool around your home, The Gutterman can help protect your home with a drainage system. We install gutter extensions and French drains. If you prefer to put your storm water to use, we can fit your gutter system for a rain barrel too!
Call The Gutterman of TN to start planning your Advantage Gutter System today! If your gutters are failing or need to be replaced, call us at 615-678-7454 to schedule your consultation now! One of our gutter experts will visit your home to perform an inspection, and they will talk to you about your needs to suggest the perfect Advantage Gutter System for you!
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.
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!