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The Importance of Properly Functioning Gutters

Nothing can damage a home quite like water can. It can destroy your foundation, rot your home’s supporting structure and lead to mold andrain on gutters mildew growth. In short, water can cause extensive, costly damage to your home. As scary as water damage sounds, there’s one thing that can save your home from serious water damage: properly functioning gutters. Here is what you need to know about protecting your home from water damage.

How gutters work to protect your home

Gutters are responsible for capturing the water that falls onto your roof from rain, snow, sleet or ice. When gutters are functioning properly, water rolls down your roof and into the gutters. The captured water then flows through your gutters and into downspouts, which carry the water a safe distance from your home. Gutter function may seem simple, but it takes the right gutters installed the right way to keep your home safe from water. Your home requires gutters that are properly sized for the size and pitch of your roof and they have to be properly pitched to carry water away from your home. Downspouts must terminate in the right place, or water can flow back toward your home’s foundation. Finally, your gutters must be kept clear of debris and ice so that water can continue to flow through the gutter system.

If your gutters aren’t functioning properly, your home can face several problems, including:

  • Water-stained or damaged siding
  • Rotting window and door frames
  • Water-damaged roof
  • Mold and mildew growth in your home
  • Damp or flooded basement
  • Cracked or deteriorating foundation and
  • Flooded or damaged landscaping

Call The Gutterman of TN to protect your home from water damage!

With all of the damage that can be caused by improperly functioning gutters, you want to be sure that your gutters are properly functioning and shuttling water safely away from your home. Scott Brasfield, The Gutterman of TN, can help! Scott has been working in the home improvement industry for 25 years, and he’s specialized in gutters, gutter guards, gutter systems and roofs for more than 14 years. He knows how to fit homes with the right size and pitch of gutters, and he can expertly install your gutter system, whether you are constructing a brand new home, putting on gutters to complement a brand new roof or retrofitting new gutters to your existing roofline. The Gutterman of TN can help protect your home with properly functioning gutters with:

  • Complete gutter systems
  • Specialty gutters
  • Gutter inspections
  • Gutter guards
  • And more!

Don’t put your home at risk of serious and expensive water damage; make sure your home is equipped with properly functioning gutters! Whether you are building a new home, dealing with deteriorating gutters or if you are seeing signs of water damage around your gutters or in your basement, call The Gutterman of TN! Schedule a consultation today!

The Gutterman of TN is locally owned and operated

Doing business with a local company is a priority for most homeowners. When you do business locally, you know you’re supporting your neighbors and community. At Gutterman of TN, we are proud to be a locally owned and operated company. If you are looking for roofing or guttering services in and around Nashville, you should trust the team at The Gutterman of TN.

Who is The Gutterman of TN?

the Gutterman logoScott Brasfield is The Gutterman of TN. Scott has been working in the home-improvement industry for more than 25 years. He began installing, repairing and servicing gutters, gutter systems, gutter covers and roofs for the last 14 years. As The Gutterman of TN, Scott prides himself on being a full-service gutter and roofing consultant for his customers. He can evaluate existing gutter systems and roof lines, or newly planned roof lines, to recommend the best gutter systems and gutters. Our high quality gutters can safely shutter water runoff away from your roof line and home’s foundation.

Even as the business grows, Scott continues to handle the day-to-day operations of it. All of the customers get Scott’s cell phone number so they can contact him with questions or concerns. He works tirelessly to ensure that all customers are happy with their gutters.

What does The Gutterman of TN have to offer?

At The Gutterman of TN, we offer a full range of gutter products. We offer full seamless gutter systems, and we have specialty gutters for a unique look. Our other gutter options include copper gutters, box gutters, half round gutters and galvalume gutters. We also offer top of the line gutter guard system, and it protect your gutters and home from water damage due clogs. We are here to save you from the dreaded task of gutter cleaning. When it comes to protecting your home, we also offer other home drainage products like rain barrels and French drains.

What areas does The Gutterman serve?

The Gutterman of TN is located right in the heart of Nashville, and we serve all communities in the greater Nashville area. The Gutterman offers services in Franklin, East Nashville, West Nashville, Brentwood and beyond. Because we are a locally owned and operated company, we take pride in providing top-notch services, products and care for our neighbors.

If you need gutter replacements, gutter repairs, new gutters or roofing services in the greater Nashville area, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule your consultation! We are your neighbors in Nashville, you can trust the Gutterman, Scott Brasfield to personally make sure that you are satisfied with the products and work.

How Winter Affects Your Gutters

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.How Winter Affects Your Gutters - Nashville TN - Gutterman

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.

Common Gutter Problems

Gutters don’t get the credit they deserve for protecting homes from water damage. When gutters fail, however, homeowners quickly realize how important they are. When your gutters fail, your roofing, soffit, and fascia can rot and mold; your doors, windows and siding can stain and deteriorate; your landscaping can get washed away, and your basement can flood. That’s why it’s best to keep failing gutters at bay. By watching for these common gutter problems, and making sure they get fixed ASAP, you can save yourself from some serious home-repair headaches.Common Gutter Problems - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

Clogged Gutters

If there’s one most common gutter problem, it’s clogged gutters. When you fail to clear away your gutters regularly, clogs can form. Even if you clean your gutters regularly, an animal or bird can enter the gutter and build a nest or leave behind a mess and cause a clog. When clogged gutters remain unchecked, you’ll see a host of other gutter problems, which can include sagging gutters, ice dams, and overflowing gutters.

Separating Gutters

The most common types of gutters used in the United States are aluminum gutters, which are put together in sections along your home. Over time, these gutters can separate at the seams. When the separation is significant enough, water will pour through the seams and deposit along the foundation of your home, rather than traveling through the gutters and safely away from your home.

Sagging Gutters

Over time, the supports that secure your gutters to your home can begin to fail. Additionally, ice dams or debris trapped in your gutters can add too much weight for those supports to bear. When this happens, your gutters will sag. Not only will sagging gutters make your home look run down, but they will allow water to tip out of the gutters near your home’s foundation.

Ice Dams

In colder weather, ice dams can become a problem on the edge of your roof. Believe it or not, ice dams actually can be a gutter problem. Ice dams form when the snow on top of your roof melts from the heat in your attic. As the water from the snow runs down toward the edges of your roof and gutters, where the temperature is cooler, it refreezes and can form very large ice dams. Ice dams can damage your gutter system and your roof. Often, ice dams form because your gutters can’t whisk water away from your roofline quickly enough due to clogs, debris or other problems.

Improper Installation

Your gutters might have been improperly installed if they appear in good condition to the untrained eye. Improper pitch, improper size or downspouts that empty to close to your home are all common gutter installation problems that can prevent gutters from doing their job.

While all too common, these gutter problems shouldn’t be ignored. They can cause major problems — and major damage — in and around your home. That’s why these gutter problems would be evaluated by a professional. If you notice signs of these common gutter problems, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We’ll evaluate your gutters and do what’s needed to have your gutters working to protect your home from water damage.

ArmorGuard: The Affordable Gutter Guards

How do ArmorGuard gutter guards work?

ArmorGuard gutter guards affix to your existing gutters to keep debris out. The medical grade stainless steel mesh keeps out even the smaller debris, including pine needles and roof grit. Even in the heaviest rains, water will be able to enter the gutters through the mesh, while debris will blow across the top without interfering with the gutters.

How durable are AmorGuard gutter guards?

The frames are built to last from extruded aluminum that’s 1/16 of an inch thick. In addition, they will not bend, warp, rust or corrode, so your ArmorGuard gutter guards stay in perfect condition for years to come. Sealed with a rubberized adhesive that expands and contracts with changing weather conditions, the guards won’t crack in extreme heat or cold. Finally, ArmorGuard gutter guards even come with a 20-year transferable warranty!

Do ArmorGuard gutter guards ever need cleanings?

With ArmorGuard gutter guard’s you’ll never have to clean your gutters again! The low-profile of ArmorGuard gutter guards means debris blows easily across the gutters without getting stuck. In addition, the stainless steel mesh prevents the growth of mildew or other organic matter. Finally, rain cleans away any pollen or dirt that finds its way into the mesh.

Does ArmorGuard keep animals out?

Yes! ArmorGuard’s sealed gutter system prevents birds, squirrels or other animals from entering your gutters to build nests or leave behind debris.

Will ArmorGuard gutter guards interfere with the appearance of my home?

ArmorGuard gutter guards are virtually unnoticeable on your roofline! ArmorGuard gutter guards fit seamlessly with your gutters and your roofline, so they won’t alter the appearance of your home.

Can ArmorGuard gutter guards fit on any type of gutters?

ArmorGuard gutter guards work with nearly any existing gutter type. Furthermore, the anodized aluminum is compatible with copper, steel, and traditional aluminum gutters.

How can I get ArmorGuard gutter guards installed on my home?

The Gutterman of TN can help if you are fed up with gutter cleaning! We can install ArmorGuard gutter guards on your existing gutter system to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters this fall and for years to come. Call now to schedule your consultation!

Why Do Gutters Leak?

Do spring storms have water running over — rather than through — your gutters? If your gutters are leaking, it can be an unsettling feeling. Leaking gutters can cause damage to your roof, walls, landscaping, and foundation. If your gutters are leaking this spring, you probably want to figure out why they’re leaking as quickly as possible. There are several common reasons gutters leak.

CracksWhy Do Gutters Leak - Nashville TN - Gutterman of TN

Even the most durable gutters will develop cracks over time. Galvanized steel gutters especially are susceptible to cracking; freezing temperatures and stress on the steel causes the metal to break down over time. In any gutter system, the most common places to find cracks are where two pieces of gutter come together. Those joints can loosen and eventually leak.

Clogs

The most common cause of leaky gutters is also the easiest problem to resolve: a buildup of debris within the gutter. When gutters become clogged, water isn’t able to run through the gutter system and instead floods over the top of the gutter. Keeping your gutters clean can help save you from gutter leaks. If you hate cleaning your gutters, you can keep them debris free with a gutter guard system.

Holes

Metal gutters can corrode and develop holes that leak. Clogged gutters can lead to this problem; a buildup of rotting leaves can degrade gutter materials and lead to the faster development of holes and leaks.

Failing supports

The hangers that fasten your gutter to your home can begin to pull away from your roofline over time. When that happens, your gutters will sag, sending water pouring over the edges of the gutter.

Improper installation

Leaking gutters can be a sign that your gutters were not properly installed, to begin with. Improperly sized downspouts, downspouts located too close to your home’s foundation and gutter pieces that aren’t properly joined will leak against your home’s foundation. Leaking gutters also can be a sign that your gutters were not properly sized to accommodate the pitch of your roof.

It can be tempting to ignore your leaking gutters. After all, it only leaks when it’s raining, and as soon as the sun shines, the problem goes away. But ignoring your leaking gutters can have disastrous results! Leaking gutters flood water back into your roofline, into your home’s walls and ceilings, and against your foundation! That water can cause mold, mildew and structural damage. The longer you leave leaking gutters unchecked, the more devastating the damage can be!

If you notice your gutters leaking when it rains, call The Gutterman of TN! We can find the source of your gutter leaks and help you to find a gutter solution that restores the function of your gutters and keep your home safe from water damage.