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What Do Rain Gutters Do

Rain gutters are a very important part of your home’s weather defense. They do the thankless job of directing rain away from your home, and we as homeowners seldom give them a thought. That is, until they are damaged or fail to perform. It’s then when you find yourself with an eyesore on your home, and perhaps some significant water damage to your property. 

Your gutter system’s job is two fold. Primarily, it collects the storm water that lands on the roof of your home and funnels it away preventing damage to the structure and it’s foundation, as well as the driveway, sidewalks, and surrounding soil. And secondly, your gutter system provides the opportunity to accent your home’s façade, increasing its curb appeal. 

The best rain gutters are ones that do both of those jobs, well. And, the best Nashville rain gutter company is Legacy Exteriors!

Why Rain Gutters Are Necessary

Your roof has a lot of surface area. When it rains, all of the water from that large area is sent running downward. Without a rain gutter system to guide the water away from the building, you can expect over time to see damage to the fascia, the soffits (under the eaves), siding, and every other facet below including the ground itself.  

Puddling and soil erosion are perhaps the most dangerous consequences, as they can result in foundation damage. Foundation damage is very expensive to repair, and can lead to other problems, such as interior wall cracks and basement flooding.

Rain Gutter Types

It’s no surprise that affordable rain gutters are the kind that most homeowners want. For those of us in this group, vinyl or aluminum rain gutters will get the job done while not breaking the bank. These come in 4, 5, or 6 inch sizes, and the larger and steeper your roof the bigger gutter size you’ll need. 

A proper gutter system also includes downspouts. Typically rectangular, these are the vertical pieces that bring water down the wall to the ground level. Standard downspout sizes are 2-by-3 inches or 3-by-4 inches. And again, more water volume demands the larger size. 

Even affordable rain gutter systems can come in a multitude of colors, so customizing the look of your home’s exterior is very much your prerogative. Your Legacy Exteriors project consultant will gladly provide you with feedback, based on our experience. 

For folks looking to really add some pop to their home’s curb appeal, copper is all the rage for decorative rain gutters. The natural colors give copper gutters that touch of class and elegance to go along with increased durability when compared to other materials. But, of course, you can expect the price for this upgrade to be more than a pretty penny.

For more on the types of gutters we offer, click here.

We Fix Rain Gutters!

Nothing lasts forever, and if you have an existing gutter system then eventually it will break down. As a top Nashville rain gutter company, Legacy Exteriors offers comprehensive gutter repair services. 

It is not always necessary to replace your entire gutter system, especially if the cause of the failure is isolated to just one section of the system. The challenge faced when repairing gutters is matching material types, sizes and colors. A painted gutter that has been in use for even just a couple of years will seldom match a new gutter of the same color. Just keep that in mind. 

Why do my gutters overflow in heavy rain? The most common points of failure are at the mounting points, the corners, and the elbows. Damage to the gutter system could be mechanical, due to external forces such as tree branches or debris, or age related simply due to prolonged exposure to the seasons.

Rain runs off of a roof with no gutters
Rain gutter down spout
House with decorative rain gutters
Roof with overflowing rain gutters

How Much Do Rain Gutters Cost To Replace?

Rain gutter contractors will typically talk about how much to install rain gutters in terms of linear feet (how long are the gutters). That total length will also include the downspouts. In addition, the contractor will count the number of elbow and end caps in the system, as those also come at a cost. 

Other factors that will be considered include the type of material (i.e. vinyl, aluminum, copper), the size of the gutters (4-5-or-6 inch), how the gutters will be attached to the building, and the height of the gutters. 

Taken all together, the numerous factors make it very difficult for a contractor to just throw out a price without first seeing the property where the installation will take place. That’s why Legacy Exteriors offers free inspections and estimates for all gutter system projects.

Why Do My Gutters Overflow In Heavy Rain?

The two main causes of overflowing gutter systems are lack of capacity and blockage from debris. Inspection by an experienced home exteriors consultant will help you to determine why your gutter system is not performing. 

Lack of capacity is a very common problem when it comes to rain gutters. Most homebuilders use 4 or 5 inch gutters as a standard, regardless of the size or pitch of the roof. If you have a larger home, then it’s possible your gutter system was never big enough to handle the volume of water that comes from a true downpour. 

When debris is the cause of your gutter system overflowing you have a couple of options. One, you can hike your happy-self up a ladder onto the roof and manually scoop out whatever is blocking your gutters each time it rains. The other option is to have Legacy Exteriors install gutter guards on your home.

Gutter Guards

The job of gutter guards is to keep larger debris from falling into your gutters, reducing flow capacity and causing blockages. We’ll save you from reading through a million best gutter guards consumer reports, and tell you about our good, better, best options. 

  • Plastic Gutter Guards – Good might be a bit of a stretch. This is the economy option, and for good reason. Yes, they do work okay. No they do not work great and no they do not last very long. We will install them, but we will not warranty them. 
Roll of plastic gutter guard
  • Aluminum Gutter Guards – Better than plastic in terms of durability, aluminum gutter guards come in different styles. Some are slotted while others have circular holes to allow water in while keeping medium to large size debris out. We include a 2-year workmanship warranty, in addition to the manufacturers warranty, standard with each installation.
aluminum gutter guard
  • Helmut-Style Gutter Guards – Best in class, the full cover provided by a helmut-style gutter guard blocks everything but the very smallest and lightest of debris from falling into your gutters. We include a 2-year workmanship warranty, in addition to the manufacturers warranty, standard with each installation.
helmut-style gutter guard

Your Legacy Exteriors consultant will gladly help you to determine what is causing your rain gutter blockage, and recommend the best gutter guard system for your home. And, of course the inspection and the estimate are free!