Rain gutters have to be replaced almost as often as the roof on a home, so roughly every 20 years. This is a good long while, but in the meantime, your home’s gutters should do their job with very little effort on your part besides gutter cleaning and annual maintenance.
If you haven’t had to replace your gutters lately, it’s probably a good time to begin considering the options. Odds are, your options have changed a lot since the last time you shopped for gutters, either when building your home or the last time you had to replace them.
Styles and types of materials improve drastically over a period of just a few years. This means your next rain 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 new options available.
What are Seamless Gutters?
One of the most revolutionary improvements in rain gutters is the creation of seamless gutter systems.
Seamless gutters are installed in long sections, as opposed to standard gutters which are only available in sections between 10 and 20 feet long. They are made on-site in most cases with a special machine, eliminating the difficulties of transporting such long, narrow items.
Many gutter installation services have their own equipment and are able to complete the whole process – measure, manufacture and install your seamless gutters – in less than one day!
Because they are built to size, it is possible to have seamless gutters that extend over 40 feet, with the maximum length of a seamless gutter at around 100 feet without joints. This gives homeowners the choice to have an individual piece of lightweight aluminum in whatever color they choose.
Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Standard gutters have been used for so long that it can be difficult to realize how another choice can be more effective. To determine if seamless gutters are a good choice for your house, you will want to understand what sets them apart so you can also understand why there is a noticeable price difference for them.
There are many benefits of seamless gutters over traditional gutter systems:
Better Curb Appeal – With joints just at the corners, seamless gutters have a very sleek appearance. Seamless gutter machines cut out holes for downspouts, which have to be present every 20 to 30 feet, so that they are smooth and perfectly sized. The measurements also increase the curb appeal of your home without being overstated or obvious.
Easier Care – Fewer joints mean there are fewer opportunities for debris to cling on or get stuck within the rain gutters. Water flows through more smoothly with less clogs. As a homeowner, this should make you extremely pleased, because it means you don’t need to clean them out as much. Seamless gutters typically only need 1 yearly cleaning. In contrast, most regular rain gutter systems must be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year to keep them working well.
Lower Chance of Leaks – Normal gutters can leak from any joint if the gutters start pulling away from the home. Loose fasteners are also a problem that result in gutter leaks. Eliminating joints throughout the entire length and width of your home reduces the risk of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).
Discourages Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract animals and insects that can hide within them or build nests with the debris that is present. From that point, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have easy access to your attic and are able to destroy your roof, causing hundreds of dollars’ worth of repairs (at a minimum). Keeping that buildup out of rain gutters makes them less attractive for pests.
Eliminates Waste – Measuring for seamless gutters and then manufacturing them on site ensures that your gutters will be the correct length without having scrap pieces that were cut off to match the length of the house. This is an environmentally-friendly practice that reduces your home’s carbon footprint. Also, there is no need to destroy the excess or see it end up in a landfill.
Longer Lifetime – Seamless gutters are made with the latest technology and the best materials on the market. This creates fewer leaks, a smaller chance of rusting and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the home. Longer lasting rain gutters also protect your home, including the exterior walls, windows and surrounding soil below.
Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional
Seamless gutters typically need professional installation due to their size and the experience and equipment needed to build them. Individuals don’t have access t the equipment necessary to produce seamless gutters, nor do they have the training on how to program these machines to make exact cuts.
Seamless gutters are more expensive, but once they are professionally installed, you will quickly see their value which pays for itself over time via fewer repairs and longer time between replacements. If you have any questions concerning the value of seamless rain gutters, speak to a gutter installer who provides both traditional and seamless gutter systems to decide if the price difference and benefits are worth it for your budget and needs.
Installing seamless rain gutters is not a job that a homeowner can handle safely. Professionals can install a section up to about 30 feet on their own, but anything longer will require a second person.
For gutters that are less than 35 feet, they will start in the middle and work their way to each end, attaching the gutter every few feet. For rain gutters any longer, the installation team will begin 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 damage a long gutter by handling it improperly. This can affect the gutter’s appearance as well as its effectiveness. Fitchburg Gutters is proud to provide seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Fitchburg area. Call 978-315-6586 now for more information!