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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.
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.
When it comes to accessorizing your home, you likely don’t think about the appeal of your gutters. Gutters, after all, are highly utilitarian. You need them to funnel water safely away from your home. In most cases, the goal with gutters is to minimize their appearance so they don’t detract from your roof-line.
However, what if we told you gutters don’t have to be all about function? Gutters can enhance the look of your home. With specialty gutters from The Gutterman, your gutters can do just that!
Get an eye-catching look with copper gutters.
For a historical or high-end look, copper gutters provide a stunning choice. Upon installation, copper gutters have a beautiful russet color. Over time, they develop a patina and their color will keep changing for years to come, always offering a dramatic and beautiful feature along your home’s roof-line. In addition to their beauty, copper gutters also are hailed as one of the most durable gutter options.
Find durability and style with galvalume.
Like copper, galvalume gutters are strong and durable and will hold up for years to come. Galvalume gutters, however, are easier on your home-improvement budget. These gutters feature a zinc and aluminum alloy coating over a stainless steel base. That means the gutters will hold their gunmetal-gray appearance over time with rusting or tarnishing. Galvalume gutters provide a simple, sleek appearance that’s perfect for any modern home.
Hide your gutters with box gutters.
If you prefer a clean roof-line, box gutters can provide the clean, contemporary aesthetic you’re looking for. Box gutters are built into your home’s roof-line, so they blend seamlessly with your home’s eaves. In addition to being a popular choice among homeowners who want a sleek roof-line with nearly invisible gutters, box gutters also are frequently featured on historic homes. At The Gutterman, we also offer 7-inch box gutters to deal with portions of your roof with higher levels of storm-water runoff!
Maintain a historical look with half-round gutters.
We call our 6-inch half-round gutters “classic” for a reason: They are the original gutter, and they are a great choice for homeowners maintaining or trying to recreate a historical aesthetic for their homes. Half-round gutters are particularly common on Victorian homes. At The Gutterman, you will be able to select from a variety of color options to find the right color gutter to complement your home.
If your home is in need of new gutters, or if you are ready to upgrade the look of your roof-line, call The Gutterman of TN to hear more about our specialty gutter options! Remember, when you choose specialty gutters from The Gutterman, you will get gutters that complement the look of your home, in addition to performing their important function of protecting your home from water runoff.
Once you have an efficient gutter system collecting water from your rooftop and ushering it downward, you can put all of that water to good use by collecting that water in a rain barrel.
Using rain barrels
Rain barrels, which you can buy or construct yourself from common hardware-store items, are placed at the bottom of your downspout to collect the water flowing through your gutter system. An average rainstorm can fill a 50-gallon rain barrel in the matter of an hour. [http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/5-great-rain-barrel-designs-plus-top-tips-for-using-them.html
] While that water is polluted with bird droppings, particulate matter and dirt from your rooftop, it is perfectly good water that you can use to reduce your water consumption and save you money. Rain barrels also help waterways by preventing an excess of rainwater from overwhelming water systems with pollution during heavy rainstorms.
Some uses for rain barrels include:
• Washing cars• Washing patios or siding
• Watering flowers and bushes
• Watering vegetable gardens (though the water should be directed at the soil and should not come into contact with the parts of the plant that you would eat)
• Watering your lawn
• Hosing down your driveway
Rain barrel tips
There are some general guidelines to keep in mind if you decide to install a rain barrel at the bottom of your downspout.
• Always keep a cover on you rain barrel to prevent leaves and other debris from falling in, to keep away curious children or animals; to avoid creating a breeding place for mosquitos; and to keep the water out of direct sunlight, which can cause an algae bloom in your rain barrel.
• If you anticipate a lot of rain in the spring, followed by a drier period later on, consider investing in multiple rain barrels so you can collect an ample supply of water during the rainy season to be used during summer’s dry spells.
• If you plan to use rain from your rain barrel on a vegetable garden, stop using water from the rain barrel to water plants in the days leading up to harvesting, and wash vegetables thoroughly with tap water before consuming them.
• Never let pets or children drink water that you’ve harvested from the rain barrel because of all of the contaminants it contains.
• If you have your home sprayed for pests or treated in any way, stop using rain barrels for several days so those chemicals do not make their way into your water supply.
• Make sure rain barrels are empty before temperatures drop for the winter, as they could crack or become damaged if they freeze.
Of course, to fully take advantage of rain barrels, you need an effective gutter system. If your gutters are leaking, or if they’re not doing an adequate job of directing water safely from your home, call The Gutterman of Tennessee to schedule a consultation today!
If you’re exploring different types of gutters, you may have come across box gutters, one of the less commonly used gutters. So what exactly are box gutters? Box gutters are common on historical homes, commercial buildings and on multifamily housing. Unlike the more common hanging gutters, box gutters are built into the bottom of a building’s roof line or into the bottom of the roof overhang. Because of that, box gutters blend into the look of the home’s design in a more seamless way.
Box gutters were the first type of gutter to be used. Originally, as the name suggests, box gutters were wood boxes, crafted into different forms by skilled carpenters. The carpenter determined the slope and shape of the gutter. Once the wooden boxes were crafted, they were lined on the inside with metal, usually tin-coated steel and occasionally copper or lead. Historic box gutters often had crown molding attached to the front for a more ornate appearance.
Over time, the metal can corrode and the wood can rot on historical box gutters. That leads to problems, including leaks at weakening joints or where the metal has been punctured, problems from ice jams and eve settling. Often, historical box gutters are insufficiently sized to deal with the water runoff from your home’s roof. Eventually, your historic box gutters will need to be repaired or replaced by gutter or roofing professionals. If you choose to replace the box gutters on your historic home with the type of gutters more commonly used today, you likely will have to have the roof line extended to cover the existing box gutters before new gutters can be installed. This can alter the look and feel of your historic home.
Box gutters for a modern look
In addition to historic homes, at the Gutterman, we recommend installing box gutters for a clean, modern look on your contemporary home. We install 7-inch seamless box gutters to match the look of your home. The gutters come in a variety of colors to blend into your home’s design. Unlike historic box gutters, modern box gutters are relatively maintenance free. Because they’re seamless, you don’t have to worry about the potential for damaging water leaks!
If you’re looking to discover gutter options for a modern look, or to replace your existing, failing historical gutters, call the Gutterman of Tennessee! We provide a variety of gutter options to match with the look and feel of your home, and to fit with your personal taste. We can walk you through your options, talk to you about the pros and cons of each one, and help you settle on the gutter that is right for your home!
If your box gutters are leaking or need replacing, call the Gutterman of TN at 615-678-7454.
Houses need gutters to prevent water damage. Gutters deflect and channel water away from your home. The Romans brought drainage systems to Britain as far back as 47 AD. Throughout time the importance and ability to collect and direct water from buildings has become more and more refined. Gutterman of TN has combined the fundamental principles of preserving structures from water damage and advancements in technology to become the premier gutter company in Middle Tennessee.
Do all houses need gutters? Most do. The website Sound Resource Center explains, “Gutter systems may not be needed in an arid climate and areas not subject to periods of heavy rains. The rest of us need a good system to collect the storm water that lands on our roofs and directs the collected water away from the house. We need such a system in order to help reduce water and moisture damage to our homes. The wetter the climate the more we need a properly functioning gutter system. Water that collects next to the foundation of a house will tend to find its way into some part of the structure and that can cause water and moisture damage.”
The Old House website cautions homeowners what happens when their gutters do not function properly, “An improperly functioning gutter and leader system can contribute to water and ice backing up against fascias and under roof shingles, can damage soffits, and can discolor or deteriorate siding materials. Faulty gutters and leaders can also lead to soil erosion adjacent to buildings and serious water and foundation displacement problems in basements and crawl spaces.
There are several important things for homeowners to know about gutters:
Not all gutters are created equal nor do they serve the same purpose. Today’s marketplace offers a variety of gutters and downspouts that can be custom tailored to your home style, local weather, roof type, and the position of your home on your property. Gutters come in different sizes, styles, and protective covers. One size does not fit all.
Protective covers are a critical aspect to maintain functioning gutters. Clogged, blocked, or damaged gutters and downspouts retain water, collect debris, attract pests, harbor mold, and allow water to seep into your home’s wall and foundation.
Gutters and downspouts must be strategically placed in order to be effective in channeling water away from your home. The slope of your roof, numbers of levels to your home, and slope of your property all need to be factored into ensuring you have proper drainage.
Builder Don Horn a proponent of gutterless homes in Pine, PA admits “Rainwater or melt from snow still need to be routed to storm drains, Without gutters, moisture runs from the roof into a French-drain-like system of gravel over a perforated pipe that collects the water and carries it to drain connections.
Those drains are right below the roofline, but when there are gables on a house, the combined angles can send water spouting out at the bottom, That gusher requires a section of drain perhaps 6 or 8 feet away from the house.”
Conclusion? Consult a professional gutter company to determine whether or not you need to add gutters to your home. If you already have a gutter system attached, have an inspection to ensure the gutters you have are functioning properly. Don’t wait until you have a water problem to address the issue of gutters or no gutters.