Benefits of Seamless Gutters

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Rain gutters need to be replaced nearly as often as the roof on a home, so somewhere around 20 years. This is a long time, but in the meantime, your home’s rain gutters need to do their job with little work on your part besides gutter cleaning and annual maintenance.

If you haven’t replaced your gutters recently, it’s probably about time to begin looking at the options. More than likely, your options have changed a lot since the last time you shopped for gutters, either when building your home or the last time you replaced them.

Styles and materials improve significantly over a period of just a few years. This means your next gutters will be even more efficient, lighter and more attractive than the ones that are currently on your house.

Seamless gutters are one of the new options available.

What are Seamless Gutters?

One of the biggest improvements in home gutters is the creation of seamless gutter systems.

Seamless gutters are installed in long sections, opposed to traditional gutters that only come in sections between 10 and 20 feet long. They are made on-site in many situations with a special machine, removing the difficulties of transporting long, narrow items.

Most gutter installation services own their own equipment and are able to complete the whole process on their own – measure, manufacture and installing your seamless gutters – in less than one day!

Since they are manufactured to size, it is possible to have seamless gutters that stretch over 40 feet, with the maximum length of a seamless rain gutter around 100 feet with no joints. This gives homeowners the choice to have a single 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 see how another choice can be more effective. To decide if seamless gutters are a good idea for your house, you need understand the benefits of them so you can also understand why there is such a noticeable price difference between the two.

There are many benefits of seamless gutters over traditional gutter systems:

More Attractive – With joints just at the corners, seamless gutters have a noticeably sleek appearance. Seamless gutter machines even cut out holes for gutter downspouts, which have to be present every 20 to 30 feet, so that they are smooth and perfectly sized. The measurements also improve the curb appeal of your house without being too overstated or obvious.

Easier Care – Fewer joints mean there are less chances for debris to get hung on or get stuck within the rain gutters. Water drains through smoothly with fewer clogs. As a homeowner, this will likely make you very happy, as it means you won’t need to clean them out as much. Seamless gutters only need 1 yearly cleaning. In comparison, most traditional rain gutter systems must be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year to keep them working well.

Lower Chance of Leaks – Regular gutters can leak at any joint once the gutters start to pull away from the house. Loose fasteners are another problem that can cause gutter leaks. Eliminating joints throughout the entire length and width of your home helps reduce the risk of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).

Discourages Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract small animals, rodents and insects that can hide within them or build a nest with the organic materials that are present. From that point, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have easy access to your attic and will destroy your roof, leading to hundreds of dollars’ of damage (at a minimum). Keeping that buildup out of gutters makes them less appealing 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 scrap pieces that were cut off to match the exact length of the home. This is an environmentally-friendly practice that reduces your home’s carbon footprint. In addition, there is no need to get rid of the excess (which can result in harmful chemicals) or see it end up in a landfill.

Longer Lifetime – Seamless gutters are built with the newest technology and the best materials available. This results in fewer leaks, a smaller chance of rusting and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the home. Longer lasting gutters can also protect your house, including the walls, windows and surrounding soil.

Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional

Seamless gutters almost always need professional installation due to their size and the training and machinery needed to manufacturer them. Individuals don’t have have the machinery needed to make seamless gutters, nor do they have the training on how to program these machines to make precise cuts.

Seamless gutters are more expensive, but once they are installed, you will quickly see their value which pays for itself because of less repairs and longer time between replacements. If you have any questions concerning the value of seamless gutters, speak to a gutter installer who does both standard and seamless gutter systems to decide if the cost difference and benefits are worth it for your budget and needs.

Installing seamless rain gutters is not a task that a homeowner can handle safely. Professionals can install a section up to about 35 feet by themselves, but anything longer than that will require a second person.

For seamless gutters that are 35 feet or less, they will start in the middle and work their way to each end, fastening the gutter every several 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 fasten 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 easily damage a long gutter by mishandling it. This can affect the gutter’s appearance as well as its effectiveness. Charlotte Gutter Solutions is proud to provide seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Charlotte area. Call 704-368-3703 now for more information!