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Make Certain Your Gutters Are Strong Enough for Winter Weather

As we begin to head into the new year, the weather will get even colder here in the Middle Tennessee region, and homeowners across the area are busy making sure that their homes can withstand brutally cold temperatures. Water damage to homes can worsen significantly during the winter because of freeze/thaw cycles, and this type of damage can deteriorate into even more problems that could even jeopardize the safety of your family. One of the most important preventive measures against water damage to your home is your gutter system. Without a strong gutter system, the foundation of your home is at risk of water penetration damage. Additionally, ice can expand inside your gutters and cause damage to the fascia, roof, and gutter system itself. The home maintenance experts at HGTV recommend that homeowners have their gutters professionally cleaned and inspected every year before the arrival of winter. For over 14 years, The Gutterman of Tennessee has provided the Nashville area with superior professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation services, and you can trust us to make certain that your gutter system is tough enough to protect your home this winter. We would like to tell you more about the importance of a durable gutter system as well as what you can expect from our professional gutter maintenance services.

icy guttersWhat exactly does my gutter system do?

The most important function of gutters is to divert water from rain and melted ice and snow away from your home. Without a durable and strong gutter system, your home is at risk for multiple types of damage, such as rotting or mold of the roof and its components, basement flooding, and foundation erosion. Typically installed along the eave edges and dormers on the roof, gutters collect and direct rainwater into downspouts that carry it from the roof to the ground, away from the foundation of your home.

What kind of damage can winter weather do to my gutter system?

When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, ice begins to form inside your gutters, and this can build up into blockages that keep melted ice and snow from being drained properly through the downspouts. If you notice long icicles hanging from your gutters, this is a clear sign that ice buildup is blocking your gutters. This type of blockage can lead to the gutters becoming loose and falling from your home. Ice dams are another problem that The Gutterman of Tennessee has seen when repairing gutter systems across the region each winter. As snow builds up on your roof, the heat from your house can warm your roof enough to start to melt the snow, but when the temperature remains below freezing, the runoff will refreeze to create an ice dam. This can lead to moisture leaking underneath the roof shingles into the plywood, which can cause rotting damage to the roof, fascia, and soffit.

How can The Gutterman of Tennessee protect my gutter system from winter weather damage?

According to HGTV, the most important maintenance service to make sure your gutters are strong enough to handle winter weather is to have them cleaned of debris. When The Gutterman of Tennessee performs this annual service, you can count on us to remove every bit of debris from your gutters, inspect the seams and anchors to make sure your gutters are attached securely, look for signs of water damage to the fascia, siding, and foundation, and make sure that the downspouts and diverters direct water at least ten feet from the foundation of your home. If any problems are found, you can count on us to explain the damage to you as well as talk to you about the variety of options you have for repairs or replacement. If you are considering making an update to your gutter system, ask our owner, Scott Brasfield, about why he thinks SafeGuard is the best system that you can buy. We offer a wide range of specialty gutters, and since Scott’s mission is to solve your gutter and water drainage problems, he will work with you to customize a gutter system that is perfect for your home. If you would like the ultimate protection against water penetration damage, Scott offers the exclusive Advantage Roofing & Gutter System. This system gives you complete and customized water deterrence care, and The Gutterman of Tennessee is always here to take care of any problem you may have with this and every gutter system.

Can your gutters stand up to brutally cold winters with lots of snow and ice? Contact us today at The Gutterman of Tennessee to schedule your appointment for our professional gutter maintenance service. You can depend on Scott Brasfield and his team to make absolutely certain that your gutter system is strong enough for winter weather. We are here for any of your professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

Why You Need Our Professional Gutter Repair Services

After the last heavy rainstorm, you noticed that part of your gutter system was barely attached to your home. Since just one period of torrential rains can overwhelm a gutter system, Armor guardsthis is not an uncommon problem for homeowners, especially if it has been years since the gutters were professionally cleaned. When your gutters are clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, there is nowhere for the rainwater to go. It only adds more weight to your already overloaded gutter system. For over 14 years, The Gutterman of TN has specialized in first-class professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation services in the Middle Tennessee region. We have seen the damage that can result from neglecting to have a gutter system repaired, and we would like to tell you more about why you should never hesitate to call us for our gutter repair services.

Avoid serious foundation problems

The main function of gutters is to direct water from rain and melted ice and snow away from your home and its foundation. A worn-out gutter system that is need of repairs can lead to extensive foundation problems, and this can jeopardize the structural stability of your home. These problems can occur when a part of the gutter becomes loose as the water can be directed off your roof straight down to the foundation of your home. Not only could this damage the structure, but it can also lead to mold growing in the basement or crawl space of your home. The Gutterman of TN will inspect the condition of your gutter, and we will thoroughly assess the damage. We will provide you with a detailed written explanation of the problem as well as a fair and honest estimate of the necessary repair work.

Prevent bird, insect, and other wild animal infestation.

A clogged gutter system can create the perfect home for pests like mosquitoes, pigeons, squirrels, and other critters. Whether your damaged gutters are being used as a breeding ground, a food source, or a nesting spot, these animals can cause serious damage to your home. You can count on The Gutterman of TN to keep your home safe from this type of unwanted guests by professionally cleaning and repairing your gutters. We also provide gutter guard installation services that will prevent wild animal and insect invasions in the future. Because we are committed to giving you the best protection possible, we only use products that we know are the highest quality available, such as the Safeguard Construction Gutter Guard.

For the ultimate in professional gutter services in the Middle Tennessee area, you can depend upon The Gutterman of TN. If you have seen any damage to your existing gutter system, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment for the gutter help you need.

We Provide the Best Gutter Repair & Installation

Over the last 10 years, the city of Nashville has grown tremendously. We are proud to new residents coming to the Music City. People move here for jobs in healthcare management, automobile production, technology manufacturing, or one of Nashville’s top industries. They also come here to live out their dreams of becoming a musician. With so many folks moving to our beautiful city, housing services are in high demand. For the best gutter installation and repair service for your home in Nashville, there is none other than The Gutterman of Tennessee.

Who is The Gutterman of Tennessee?

a lovely modern homeA 25-year veteran in the home improvement business, Scott Brasfield has experience with siding, windows, roofing, floor coverings, and gutters. For more than 14 years, Scott has provided the Gutterman services to the Nashville area. These services include standard gutter installation and design along with our specialty of rain gutters and gutter guard systems. Because we are independently owned and operated, you will be dealing with Scott himself whenever you contact our business. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and you can count on Scott working with you until you are 100 percent happy.

What can I expect from my gutter installation appointment?

We pride ourselves on our personalization services. When The Gutterman comes to your home, we will listen to your needs and wants. After we have heard your concerns, we will inspect your existing gutter system, and then we will make a recommendation for what you need to fit your budget. In many cases, we will give you options and let you make your own decision. If we can make repairs to your current gutter system, we will correct the problem so that your home has the ultimate protection.

Why do I need professional gutter services?

Many homeowners take their gutters for granted and do not realize the importance of them. However, your gutter system is essential in protecting your home’s roof, exterior, and foundation from water damage. Without an adequate gutter system, you could have an extensive and expensive home repair in your future. According to Zing! By Quicken Loans, rainwater can overflow onto the foundation of your home if your gutters are clogged or if there is no gutter at all. You should repair the foundation damage, as this could have a price tag of at least $10,000! As you can see, having your gutter system professionally serviced is a very smart investment for your home.

Recently moved to Nashville? Look no further than The Gutterman of Nashville for all of your gutter maintenance, repair, and installation needs. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

Repairing Your Gutter System Before Spring

Winter snows and sleet, high winds and freezing temperature take their toll on your gutters. Come spring, your gutters need to be in optimal condition to protect your home, landscaping, and foundation from water damage and flooding. That means you should have your gutters cleaned, inspected and repaired before the spring thaw and rains hit. Here’s how you can protect your home from water damage caused by failing gutters this spring.

Start with a gutter cleaningRepairing Gutter System Before Spring

Before you do anything with your gutters, you need to clear away any debris that’s collected in the gutters since your last cleaning. Removing debris from your gutters allows water to flow through the gutters to the downspout. Blockages will cause overflowing gutters which can cause damage to your ceilings. Clearing your gutters will also help you to identify any damage that could cause gutter leaks or water damage. Effectively cleaning your gutters requires some work on your part. You will have to climb a ladder — being careful not to rest the ladder on the gutter — and muck out any debris with gloved hands or a specialized gutter scoop. To make gutter cleaning easier, hook a bucket to your ladder as you work to easily dispose of debris.

Inspect your gutters

Once the gutters have been cleared of debris, it’s time to inspect them for any damage that could have occurred during the winter months. Stand back and inspect your gutters; be sure they are securely attached to your roofline and aren’t sagging away. Next, circle your home, looking for cracks or holes in the gutters and for water damage. Signs of water damage would include peeling paint or siding, discoloration down the side of your home or washed out landscaping. A great way to be sure your gutters are working is to step outside when it’s raining. As the rain falls, walk around your home to see if you can spot any areas that water is leaking or overflowing from your gutters.

Undertake repairs or improvements

If you notice any problems with your gutters, it’s important to have them repaired as soon as possible, especially before spring brings heavier precipitation! Ignoring damaged rain gutters can lead to water damage on your home’s exterior or underneath your roofline. It can even lead to basement flooding and foundation damage. Spring is also a great time to plan for any gutter repairs by replacing old, unsightly gutters or installing gutter guards to keep debris out and prevent you from cleaning them out as often.

If you don’t want to clean those pesky gutters anymore, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment right away! We can repair or replace your gutters before any damage happens. Or, if you’re ready to replace your gutters or install gutter guards, The Gutterman of TN can have your new gutters ready for spring.