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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It can be a terrifying view for any homeowners: Ice dams built up along the roof-line against the gutters, or blocks of ice thoroughly blocking gutter downspouts. It’s true; ice dams and frozen gutters can cause damage to your gutter system and your home. Gutters weighed down with ice can pull away from the home, sag or break. Ice dams can force water back up under the eaves of the home, causing mold, mildew, leaks and water damage. So what do you do if you have ice in your gutters or along your roof-line?
The first instinct for many is to go after the ice aggressively. That means hammers and picks pounding against the ice, and consequently against your roof and gutters. If your ice dams look intimidating, getting rid of the ice at all costs can be tempting. Avoid the temptation to avoid damaging your roof, gutters, and eaves. Attacking the ice forcefully likely will do more harm than good.
Address leaks first.
If you notice ice dams along your roof-line, your first move should be to check the interior of your attic for signs of water leaks. The ice dams might look intimidating but actually not be doing any damage. If you see water leaking into the corners of your attic, try aiming a fan at the water spots. The heat from your attic causes the ice to melt and allows water in. Blowing cold air onto the water should be enough to freeze it and stop the leak.
Rake away snow.
Do you know how ice dams form? The heat from your attic warms and melts the snow, which then refreezes along the colder edges of the roof-line. So, the most sensible way to stop ice dams is to get the snow off of the roof. You can use a specialized rake for that purpose. Some such rakes even provide adequate heat to melt ice dams, so you can gently pull them off of your roof.
Wait it out.
Patience might be the best remedy for ice in the gutters or dammed against the edge of the roof. Often, removal methods are ineffective or cause additional harm. If you don’t see the damage being caused by the ice dams, it is best to wait until temperatures warm and the ice melts away naturally.
Prevent ice dams next winter!
With ice dams, prevention is key since there is little that can be done once dams form and gutters freeze. Keep gutters clear of debris so that water can flow freely through them in the winter. Ice blocks form in the gutters when water hits an obstruction and can stand long enough to freeze. Clean gutters at least every six months, or consider a gutter guard system to keep debris out of the gutters in the first place! Along the roof-line, increased attic insulation and heated cables along the edge of the roof-line can help to prevent ice dams that can damage eaves.
If your gutters have been damaged by ice, or if you would like to hear more about gutter guards or gutter systems that keep debris out, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation!
Winter is fully upon us, and if you haven’t taken the time to prepare your gutters, now is the time! Winterizing your gutters can help protect your gutters from damaging ice dams. In addition, it can help protect your home, your home’s foundation, and even your landscaping and driveway from water damage.
Why should you winterize your gutters?
The primary goal in winterizing your gutters? Making sure that gutters are free from any debris or blockages that will prevent water from flowing freely through your gutters. If water can’t find its way out of your gutters, when temperatures drop below freezing, the water will turn to ice. The ice can cause your gutters to crack, sag away from your roof-line, or fall off entirely.
The heavy, damaged gutters can cause damage to your roof that can lead to roof leaks. When spring hits, the ice and snow melt from your gutters. In turn, the damaged gutters won’t be able to whisk the water safely from your home. This leads to flooding and damage along with your foundation or in your landscaping beds. Consequently, it can also cause water to back up within your roof-line.
How do you winterize your gutters?
Gutter “winterization” begins with a good gutter cleaning. While it’s a job few people enjoy doing – clearing away leaves, animal nests, twigs and other debris – its the only way to ensure that water will flow freely through your gutters. Guaranteeing water won’t be able to freeze in place and cause damaging dams this winter. Even if you have installed gutter screens or other gutter contraptions to keep leaves from piling up in your gutters, you still will need to get up on a ladder and manually clean out the gutters. Even with gutter screens or brushes in place to keep out leaves, debris can still become trapped and cause dams within your gutters.
Another key component of gutter “winterization” is a good gutter inspection. While you are up on your ladder clearing away debris, check your gutters for cracks, holes, separated seams, or other damage. Check downspouts to make sure they are debris free and securely in place. Make sure that your gutters have not pulled away from your home’s roof-line or started to sag. Also, you may want to complete a visual inspection of your gutters when it’s raining. Cracks, holes, and loose downspouts that aren’t apparent may become very obvious, once water starts pouring down. If you do notice any damage in your gutters, make sure you repair it immediately. That means patching holes and cracks, re-affixing downspouts, and securing sagging gutters to your roof-line.
What should you do if you find badly damaged gutters?
If you notice that your gutters are badly damaged as you winterize your home, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule a consultation! We can help to repair or replace your damaged gutters to keep your home safe from water damage this winter. Do you want gutters that don’t require regular cleaning and semi-annual maintenance? Talk to The Gutterman about seamless gutters and SafeGuard Gutter Guards!