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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.