7 Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Seamless gutters, as the name implies, are continuous gutters. They almost always only have joints at the corners where they wrap around the roof. Seamless gutters are typically in a roll form and come off a machine at the installation site. Some prefer these seamless gutters to regular gutters.
What are the benefits of seamless gutters?
1. Reduced chance of leakage
Due to this reason alone, seamless gutters have become the most popular type of gutter. Since it has no seam other than its corner joints, water flow is more controlled and more likely to go to drainage areas rather than leaking through the gutter in other places, like in front of your front door!
2. Uniquely designed to your home
While this can be a drawback in that it always has to be done by a professional, having a gutter uniquely designed for your home is a plus. This will lead to fewer mistakes than with gutters that snap together and do not fit into the seams of your home.
3. Easier maintenance and more durability
Sectional gutters eventually break at the seams, causing you to have routine replacement bills. Seamless gutters have virtually no seams that will break and need to be replaced. Their only seams are at the downspout and corners.
4. Fewer debris back-ups
Sectional gutters easily get backed-up by leaves and other debris because they get caught in the seams. These blockages eventually prevent water flow, leading to overflow and damages to your gutter and your home. Whereas seamless gutters do not have a high likelihood of debris build-up, thus decreasing the chances of water overflow.
5. Lasting appeal
Seamless gutters are pleasing to the eye and add lasting appeal to your home. There are seamless copper gutters, as well as aluminum and steel. These gutters have a beautiful look to them. Nearly all seamless gutters can be painted so they match your home’s exterior color. They also can have an enamel finish.
6. Easier Installation
Seamless gutters installation cuts out the measuring, cutting to size, and fitting together that sectional gutters have. Seamless gutters are made to fit perfectly into your roof without having to fit them together before installing.
Seamless gutters are designed by a special cutting machine while on-site. The seamless piece is set into place to be prepped for installation. They are set up against the roof of your home and then screwed in.
7. Less costly
Initial installation of seamless gutters is going to cost you a pretty penny. But, in the long run, they are less costly than sectional gutters. Sectional gutters need more maintenance and need to be replaced more often than seamless gutters.
How Do You Maintain Seamless Gutters?
Maintaining your gutters is the key to having less of a hassle to ensuring the system keeps working properly. Regular maintenance is essential, whether or not you have a seamless gutter. The beauty of seamless gutters if you have to clean them less often than you do with traditional sectional gutters.
To maintain your gutter, you will either need to climb a ladder and do it yourself or you will need to hire a professional. On average, you need to clean your gutters at least twice a year, but more if you have a lot of surrounding trees or storms.
How Do You Clean Your Gutters?
Cleaning your gutters is a time-consuming, sometimes dangerous, chore. Some options make it easier on you, but sometimes the most traditional is the way to go.
1. Use a leaf blower.
A leaf blower can make blowing leaves and other debris out of your gutter a lot easier and faster. But it can be dangerous holding the leaf blower and maintaining your balance and safety while on the ladder.
If you are using a leaf blower, make sure you wear safety equipment. This equipment includes:
- Dust mask
- Heavy work gloves
2. Use a gutter cleaning kit.
This gutter cleaning kit connects to your leaf blower. This is a ladder-free option, so it is much safer than purely using a leaf blower (or your hands). You simply set it to your desired length, place the tube on the end, and then blow out the debris.
3. Use a garden trowel, gutter scoop, or your hand.
This is the most arduous option of cleaning out your gutter, but it is good for those of you who do not have a leaf blower. You simply scoop out the debris and dispose of it into an easily available bucket. To do this, start at the drain outlet near the low end of the gutter and work your way across. For best results, do this task when the leaves are slightly damp, but not soggy.
How Do You Know Which Professional Company to Hire?
What are these standards?
Take your time to look around and research the best companies near you. Look out for reputable sources, read online reviews, even ask your friends and neighbors.
Consider going to local companies rather than anyone that is a distance away. A company that is familiar with your area is more likely to care about their customer satisfaction because they are reliant on keeping the local neighborhood satisfied. They are also more familiar with the local weather conditions and be able to judge which gutters may be of better benefit to you.
2. Request Estimates/Quotes
Finding a contractor that knows your area well and has high reviews is not as hard as you may think it to be. However, finding one that is in your price range may be. Do not be afraid to ask for quotes from the companies you are researching to figure out which are a better match for your budget.
Do not, however, allow the company to give you a quote over the phone. They must be able to measure your roof to give you a proper estimate.
To Sum it All Up
Seamless gutters are more beneficial to have than the more traditional gutters. They are more cost-effective and easier to clean and maintain.
Finding the proper company to install your new gutter is not as hard to find as you may think, but make sure you do proper research to find the right company for you.