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One of the most important parts of your home is the foundation. In order to protect it from water damage, your home needs a good gutter system. Without gutters, water can pool around the foundation and leak into your home. If you live in the Middle Tennessee region, the Gutterman of Tennessee is the best professional expert on gutter systems that will keep your home in its best condition.
Whether you reside in Mt. Juliet or in Joelton, we provide superior professional gutter maintenance, repair, and installation services. To give your home the ultimate in protection from water damage, we strongly recommend the SafeGuard gutter guard system. We would like to tell you more about it and how it can benefit your home.
Made from surgical grade stainless steel micro-mesh, the SafeGuard gutter guard system is tough enough to withstand 60 gallons of water per minute in any given rainstorm. Unlike other gutter guard systems, the mesh openings are small enough to keep the smallest bits of debris such as pine needles and oak tassels from clogging up your gutters. Another advantage of the surgical grade stainless steel is that it will not corrode over time.
PATENTED HEMMING PROCESS
SafeGuard uses a patented process called hemming that mechanically bonds the micro-mesh into the aluminum body to provide a durable connection that can stand up to the elements of weather over the years. Other gutter guard systems simply glue or crimp the mesh into the body, and this has been proven to pull away over time, which allows debris to enter your gutters.
PROVIDES STABILITY TO YOUR GUTTER SYSTEM
With its specialized installation design, SafeGuard provides the strength, which can stabilize your entire gutter system. When the Gutterman of Tennessee installs these guards on your system, we will screw the front of the guard to the lip of your gutter and then screw the back leg to the fascia. This prolongs the life of the guard because the gutter is squeezed tightly by the torque of the second screw.
For a gutter system that is strong and durable enough to stand up to the elements over the years, contact us today at The Gutterman of Tennessee to learn more about our SafeGuard gutter guard installation services. We are here for your professional gutter needs in the Middle Tennessee area.
Gutters may seem like a standard, one-size-fits-all home element. While many homes feature standard gutters, your home’s gutters don’t have to be mundane. You can take advantage of specialty gutter installation on your home! Specialty gutters allow you to customize the look of your home and get more from your gutters. We offer copper gutters, stainless steel gutters, Galvalume gutters, box gutters, and half round gutters.
Enhanced curb appeal
Specialty gutters can significantly upgrade your home’s aesthetic. Specialty gutters give your home a high-end look that makes it stand out. Copper gutters have a luxurious look and fade to a beautiful green and purple patina over time. Galvalume gutters have a sleek, stylish metal look that holds up over time. Box gutters sit flush with your home’s roofline to give your home a sleek, modern look. With specialty gutters, you can customize your home’s roofline to fit your style, and the end result will be a stunning upgrade to your home’s curb appeal.
Specialty gutters can also help maintain your home’s historic character or increase its historic feel. If you own a historic home, or if you have a home built in a traditional, historical style, they may be a good choice. Copper gutters are a popular option for historic homes. Many historic homes featured half-round gutters, which make half-round gutters an excellent specialty gutter option for homes with a historical nature.
Increased functionality and durability
Another major advantage to specialty gutters is the increased functionality and durability they bring to your home. If you have a large, sloped roofline that puts off a lot of water, you might need specialty gutters, such as half round or extra large gutters. These will handle the high volume of water that pours off of your roof when it rains or when the snow melts. Even on a home that doesn’t have demands that call for specialty gutters, specialty gutters have increased durability that can leave your gutters beautiful, strong and functional for years to come. Copper gutters and Galvalume gutters will last a lifetime without rusting or corroding, so you don’t have to worry about your gutters breaking down and endangering your home or degrading its appearance.
If you are ready to realize the advantages of specialty gutters on your home — whether it’s upgrading your curb appeal, increasing your historical accuracy or improving the functionality and durability of your gutters — call The Gutterman of TN! The Gutterman of TN offers a lineup of specialty gutters to suit your needs. On top of that, we have more than 14 years of experience installing and maintaining gutters and roofs, so you know your specialty gutters will be installed the right when you trust The Gutterman. Call to schedule a consultation today to learn more about the advantages of specialty gutters for your home.
Nearly every home is equipped with gutters for good reasons. You know that gutters collect rainwater as it flows off of your rooftop. However, they do more than that. They also channel the rainwater to downspouts to deposit all the collected water a safe distance from your home. What you don’t realize is how many functions these simple rooftop channels are performing every time it rains, sleets or snows. Here are some of the basic functions of a properly installed gutter system and what they do to protect your home from water.
Protecting your foundation & basement flooding
One of the most basic and crucial functions of a gutter system is protecting your home’s foundation. When water is deposited around your home’s foundation, it causes the soil around your home to expand and contract. This movement of the earth around your home cause your foundation to shift and crack. This really threaten your home’s structure and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Gutters also save your home from damaging basement floods. When water pool around your home, it can leak through the porous masonry materials used to construct your foundations. Even if your basement doesn’t fully flood during rainfall, moisture around your foundation can cause mold or mildew to form. It can also fill your home with an unpleasant damp smell. With a properly installed gutter system, water is channeled away from your home to prevent basement flooding.
Saving your home from water damage
If there’s nothing underneath your roofline to collect the water as it flows from your roof, water will stream freely down the sides of your home. Overtime, this can cause water damage to your home. Siding can become stained and damaged, door frames and window frames can rot, and your windows may begin to leak as water finds its way around the flashing. A properly installed gutter system protects your home’s exterior from water.
Keeping your landscaping in place
Nearly all homeowners have landscape around their homes. Water pouring off of a gutter-free roofline can wash away flower beds, damage bushes and displace brick and stone pathways and retaining walls. Your gutters keep your landscape safe from the deluge of water that pour off your roofline when it rains or when snow melts in the spring.
Call The Gutterman!
You might think your gutters only play a small role in keeping your home safe, but the high volume of water that pours off your rooftop can cause serious damage and serious problems. You need to ensure your home is safe from water damage with a properly installed gutter system!
If you have noticed water pooling around your home or basement when it rains, call The Gutterman of TN! The Gutterman himself, Scott Brasfield, has worked as a contractor for more than 25 years, and he has installed gutter systems and gutter guards in the Nashville area for 14 years. Keep your home safe from water damage, call The Gutterman today!
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!
We may refer to our homes as “modern,” but most homes include an important piece of ancient technology: Gutters. For many years, buildings, homes, and roadways use gutters to shuttle water away from building foundations. So how exactly did gutters come about, and why are they still so important to our homes and buildings?
The history of gutters
While there has been evidence that drains dates back to 3,000 years BC, the advent of modern drains is because of the Romans. As the Romans constructed roadways, they crowned the middle so water would drain away. Gutter systems were built along the edges of the roads to carry away water to prevent damages to roadways. The Romans exported the concept of gutters to Britain. The first gutters in Britain were affixed to castles and cathedrals, where draining water spouted from gargoyle’s mouths. Over the years, gutters made from a variety of materials became commonplace on buildings including modern homes.
Gutters came to the United States with the colonists. The earlier gutters were made from boards, fitted together in a V-shape, and they drained through square, wooden downspouts. Gutters eventually are made of materials such as led, hammered around round pipes. On luxury homes, low-profile gutters are built under cornices to mask the gutter and emphasize the architecture of the building. Over the years, gutters evolved with technology. Different materials and gutter shapes emerged with round, square and K-shaped. Gutters made from stainless steel, aluminum, and copper are popular options.
The importance of gutters
Gutters have remained an important feature of buildings and homes for thousands of years. They properly shuttle water away from buildings. Without gutters, water would run down the sides of buildings causing damage to the building materials, windows and doors and lead to mold and mildew growth. Without gutters, water would pour around a building’s foundation causing it to crack, crumble or shift and lead to flooded basements. Gutters protect homes and buildings from water damage, and they also allow homeowners to collect rainwater for use around the homes and gardens.
Gutters and your home
Your home requires a working gutter system to keep it safe from water damage. Today, you can choose from functional gutters with a classic look to specialty gutters that complement your home’s architecture or historic nature. The Gutterman of TN can help find the perfect gutter for you! We can even outfit your home with a complete gutter system that is fully modern, aesthetically pleasing, low-maintenance and perfectly installed to protect your home from water damage.
While gutters usher water from your roofline away from your home’s foundation and basement, sometimes a French drain is needed to do the same work at or below the ground level. While French drains are an incredibly popular tool for keeping homes safe from water damage, they’re frequently misunderstood. In fact, French drains are an amazingly simple concept.
How French drains work
French drains are almost like an underground gutter system. A sloped trench system is dug in a portion of your yard, or even in your basement, to intercept and channel water. The French drain terminates a safe distance away from your from your home or landscaping. It also allows water to flow into a well, a more involved drainage system or a portion of your yard. The French drain is capable of handling that extra volume of water.
When French drains are used
Because French drains are such a simple, effective way to channel excess stormwater, they have a multitude of uses. French drains are used:
- To alleviate standing water in a soggy portion of a yard. French drains can help keep water out of a poorly graded portion of a yard or to help keep landscaping features or driveways from washing away.
- To divert water around a retaining wall. Without a French drain placed behind it, a retaining wall can be displaced by a buildup of stormwater at its base.
- To keep water out of basements. If your basement floods regularly, a French drain is often the solution. To keep water out of basements, French drains are dug either around the exterior base of the basement at the level of the finished floor or even within the basement floor itself. When a French drain is dug into the floor, it usually drains into a sump pump to evacuate water from the basement.
- To channel water away from gutter downspouts. Your gutter downspouts need to deposit water a safe distance from your home’s foundation. Sometimes this is achieved with downspout extensions, but they can be unsightly. A French drain can allow stormwater from the gutters to be directed away from a home’s foundation in either a more attractive or even an invisible way.
How French drains are constructed
To install a French drain, first, the trench is dug. For outdoor surface applications, the trench is usually 18 inches to 2 feet. The trench is sloped 1 inch to every 8 feet of a drain. The trench is then filled with a few inches of gravel. A perforated pipe is placed within, and the pipe is wrapped in landscape fabric to help keep dirt and debris out. The pipe is then entirely covered with gravel, or covered with gravel and then topsoil to completely hide the drain.
We can help!
The Gutterman of TN, French drains might not be what we do, but we understand their importance. We also know how they can tie into your home’s overall drainage solution. If you’re getting pooling in or around your home, call The Gutterman of TN for a consultation! We can help evaluate your gutters and determine whether a new gutter system is right for you. We can also help you figure out how you might incorporate a French drain into your overall gutter system.