Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Gutters have to be replaced about as often as the roof, so somewhere around 20 years. This is a long time, but in the meantime, your gutters need to do their job with little effort on your part besides gutter cleaning and routine maintenance.
If you haven’t replaced your gutters lately, it’s probably about time to begin considering the options. Chances are, your options have changed a lot since the last time you shopped for new gutters, either when you built your house or the last time you replaced them.
Styles and types of materials improve a lot over a period of just a few years. This means that your next gutters will be much more efficient, lighter and more attractive than the ones that are currently on your house.
Seamless gutters are one of the newest options available.
What are Seamless Gutters?
One of the major improvements in residential gutters is the creation of seamless gutter systems.
Seamless gutters are installed in very long sections, as opposed to traditional gutters that are only manufactured in sections between 10 and 20 feet. They are made on-site in many cases with a special machine, removing the difficulties of transporting long, narrow materials.
Many gutter installation businesses have their own machinery and are able to complete the whole process on their own – measure, manufacture and installing your seamless gutters – in just one day!
Because they are manufactured to size, it is possible to have seamless gutters that stretch over 40 feet, with the longest length of a seamless gutter around 100 feet with no joints. This gives homeowners the option to have an individual piece of lightweight aluminum in any color they choose.
Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Traditional gutters have been popular for so long that it can be hard to believe how another option can be more effective. To determine if seamless gutters are a good choice for your home, you should know the benefits of them so you can understand why there is a noticeable price difference for them.
There are many benefits of seamless gutters over traditional gutter systems:
More Attractive – With joints just at the corners, seamless gutters have a sleek look. Seamless gutter machines even cut out holes for gutter downspouts, which should be present every 20 to 30 feet, so that they are smooth and correctly sized. The custom measurements also help the curb appeal of your house without being too overstated or obvious.
Easier Care – Less joints means there are less chances for debris to cling on or get stuck within the rain gutters. Water flows through smoothly with less clogs from dirt and debris. As a homeowner, this will likely make you extremely pleased, as it means you won’t need to clean them out as often. Seamless gutters only need 1 yearly cleaning. In comparison, some standard rain gutter systems must be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year in order to keep them functioning well.
Lower Chance of Leaks – Standard gutters can leak from any joint if the gutters start to pull away from the home. Loose fasteners are also a problem that can cause gutter leaks. Eliminating joints across the length and width of your home reduces the chance of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).
Discourages Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract animals, rodents and insects that will hide within them or build nests with the organic materials that are present. From there, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have access to your attic and can damage your roof, leading to hundreds of dollars’ of repairs. Keeping that buildup out of your gutters makes them less attractive for pests.
Eliminates Waste – Measuring for seamless gutters and then cutting them on site ensures that your gutters will be the correct size without having extra pieces that were cut off to match the length of the house. This is an eco-friendly practice that lowers your home’s carbon footprint. In addition, there is no need to eliminate the excess (which can result in harmful chemicals) or see it end up in a landfill.
Longer Lifetime – Seamless gutters are designed with the newest technology and the best materials available. This leads to less leaks, less chance of rusting and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the home. Longer lasting rain gutters also protect your house, including the walls, windows and the soil.
Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional
Seamless gutters typically need professional installation because of their size and the experience and equipment needed to manufacturer them. Individuals don’t have access t the machinery needed to make seamless gutters, nor do they have the knowledge of how to set up these machines to make exact cuts.
Seamless gutters do cost more, but once they are professionally installed, you will immediately see their value which pays for itself due to fewer repairs and longer time between replacements. If you have any questions concerning the value of seamless gutters, talk with a gutter installer who provides both standard and seamless gutter systems to decide if the price difference and benefits are worth it for your budget and needs.
Installing these extra-long gutters is not a task that a single person can handle safely. Pros can install a section up to about 30 feet or so by themselves, but anything longer than that requires a second person.
For seamless gutters that are less than 35 feet, they will start in the middle and work their way to each end, fastening the gutter every few feet. For rain gutters that are longer than that, the installation team will need to start in two places (1/3 of the way from each end) and attach those places due to the length and weight of the seamless gutter.
Paying for professional seamless gutter installation also means that your warranty will be intact in the event of an accident or storm damages.
Seamless gutter installation is not a recommended DIY home improvement project. You can damage a seamless gutter by mishandling it. This can damage the gutter’s appearance as well as limit its effectiveness. Clean & Clear Gutters is proud to offer seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Chicopee area. Call 413-216-2855 now for more information!