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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.
Gutters are a simple home technology. They simply collect the water from your roofline and usher that water to downspouts that deposit that water safely away from your home’s foundation. However, there are some problems that can inhibit the function of your gutter and endanger your home. This can cause rotting or mold on your roofline, destroying your landscaping, flood your basement and even erode your foundation. To keep your gutters working properly to protect your home from water, you should be on the lookout for some common gutter problems.
The most common gutter problem is also the most simple: Clogged gutters. Gutters have to be cleared from debris regularly. This should happen twice per year to keep water flowing and prevent blockages, wintertime ice dams, overflows, and damage. Have your gutters cleaned at least every spring and fall, or have your gutters fitted with gutter guards that keep debris out of your gutters?
Cracked or damaged gutters
Gutters can become damaged over time, whether from standing water, ice, wind, impact or age. Aging gutters can develop cracks or holes, especially at the seams, that can cause the gutters to leak. Your gutters should be checked several times a year for signs of damage.
Another very common gutter problem is failing supports. Your gutters attach to your home with metal fasteners that can break or warp. When that happens, gutters sag away from your roofline and no longer catch water or channel water safely around your roofline and away from your home. Again, check your gutters regularly to make sure they remain securely against your roofline.
Often, gutters haven’t been installed properly, and improperly installed gutters won’t funnel water safely from your home. Gutters should have a pitch to keep water flowing. For every 10 feet, gutters should slope down a ¼ inch so that water flows through the gutters and toward downspouts.
Missing downspouts, splash blocks or drains
Whether from improper construction or wear, sometimes gutter components are just plain missing. This means that water flows uncontrolled off of your roof, which can cause major water damage in an around your home. Make sure your gutters all flow into a downspout. Also, make sure that all downspouts end in an extension, splash block or drain that safely deposits water away from the foundation of your home.
Are your gutters suffering from one or more of these common gutter problems? Don’t endanger your home’s roof, structure or foundation by ignoring these gutter problems! If you want clog-free gutters without having to clean gutters constantly, if you notice sagging or damaged gutters, or if your gutters aren’t channeling water because they’ve been improperly pitched or are missing components, call The Gutterman of TN! The Gutterman of TN can fix your gutter problems, install new gutters when needed or install gutter guards to keep your gutters clog free year after year.
From infomercials to home-improvement ads, gutter guards get a lot of publicity. But what are gutter guards? Do they work? Are all gutter guards created equal?
The term “gutter guard” is applied to a lot of different products. In short, gutter guards are any product that is installed on or in the gutter to keep leaves and debris from collecting in the gutter and preventing water flow. Some gutter guards do the job efficiently and keep your gutters flowing year after year. Other gutter products will slow the buildup of debris but still require some maintenance to keep debris from building up in the gutter. In the end, not all gutter guards are created equal.
Types of Gutter Guards
No one likes cleaning out their gutters, but it’s a necessary part of home maintenance. That’s why there are a host of gutter guard products all seeking to prevent homeowners from having to climb ladders and clean leaves, twigs and other debris from the gutters. There are two primary types of gutter guards: Gutter inserts and gutter covers.
Gutter inserts can be long brushes or pieces of foam that are placed inside the gutter. The idea is that water will be able to flow through the gutters while the brush or foam deflects any leaves or debris away from the gutters. The problem with inserts is that while they might keep some larger debris from the gutter, they won’t keep out all debris. Eventually, gutters will clog and require cleaning.
Gutter covers are either reverse-curve guards or micromesh screens. Reverse-curve gutters cover the entire top of the gutter, with the surface curving back into the gutter. These guards rely on the surface tension of water. As it rains, water coats the top of the guard and follows the curved surface into the gutter. While reverse-curve covers can be effective at repelling leaves and debris, they can become overwhelmed in heavy rainstorms or snowmelt, and allow water to flow over the gutters. Mesh gutter covers allow water through the gutter cover while keeping debris out. The effectiveness of mesh gutters depends on the fineness of the mesh.
The SafeGuard Gutter Guard Difference
The Gutterman of TN, we are firm believers in the effectiveness of SafeGuard Gutter Guards. SafeGuard Gutter Guards are different from other gutter guard products on the market. SafeGuard Gutter Guards protect your gutters with a fine stainless steel mesh. The mesh keeps out all but the smallest bits of debris. What does make it through, like tree pollen and roof grit, flows smoothly through the gutters with the rainwater. SafeGuard Gutter Guards keep debris out while still allowing water through, and unlike other gutter guard product, they don’t require periodic cleaning!
If you have heard about gutter guards and wonder if they are right for you, call The Gutterman to set up a consultation today! We can check out your current gutters and help determine the best gutter guard solution for your home.