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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.
Are April showers bringing water into your basement? Water in your basement can be an annoyance: It can put you on clean-up duty each time it rains, and it can prevent you from using your basement or parts of your basement as you’d like to. It can make your basement feel damp and smell musty. Water and your basement can go beyond an inconvenience, however. It can lead to mold growth and foundation damage that can be costly to reverse.
What’s causing that water leak?
To solve your basement water woes, you have to find the source of the problem. Most often, water leaks into a basement because of improper drainage. A home’s drainage system should cause water to flow away from the home each time it rains. If that’s not happening, the water pools against the foundation and seeps into the basement.
Very often when basements leak, the gutter system is to blame. When gutters aren’t functioning properly, they fail to keep water safely away from the base of your home. You’ll likely have to inspect your gutters to locate the source of the problem. Clogged gutters can overflow when it rains, dumping water directly against your home’s foundation.
Sagging gutters, cracked or damaged gutters can pose the same problem. It could be that the gutter system itself is flowing just fine. However, when the water flushes out of the downspouts, it might be pooling against your home. Downspouts should deposit water at least four to six feet away from your home.
How can you fix gutters to fix basement leaks?
If you determine that a failing gutter system is causing your basement flooding, it’s crucial to get the system working smoothly as soon as possible. Neglecting your gutters can damage your siding, soffits, and foundation, among other things. Clogged gutters are an easy enough fix; make sure you clean out your gutters at least twice a year to keep your gutters flowing. If you dread the task of cleaning your gutters, or if your heavily wooded lot makes leaves a constant problem for your gutters, you might want to consider installing gutter guards to keep debris out of gutters and prevent blockages.
Have you walk around your home and noticed that gutters are cracked, have holes or are sagging away from your home’s roof-line? If so, it could be time for a new set of gutters. Call in the professionals to have your gutter system evaluated. If the gutter system is flowing smoothly but water is being deposited too close to your home’s foundation, you can solve the problem with simple gutter extensions. In addition, you can have an underground drainage system installed to usher water away from your home’s foundation.
Are you ready to stop basement leaks? Call The Gutterman of TN!
If you’re sick of a wet basement or worried about the damage that water is causing to your home’s foundation? Call The Gutterman of TN! From replacing a failing gutter system with seamless gutters that will keep water safely away from your home’s foundation to installing gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs, The Gutterman can help you keep water away from your basement and protect your home’s foundation.