Rain gutters should be replaced about as often as the roof on a home, so roughly every 20 years. This is a long time, and in the meantime, your home’s gutters should do their job with little work on your part besides gutter cleaning and annual maintenance.
If you haven’t replaced your gutters lately, it’s probably about time to start considering 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 had to replace them.
Styles and materials improve drastically over a period of just a few years. This means your next rain gutters will be even more efficient, lighter and offer better curb appeal 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 standout enhancements in home gutters is the invention of seamless gutter systems.
Seamless gutters are installed in long sections, as opposed to standard gutters which only come in sections between 10 and 20 feet long. They are made on-site in most situations with a special machine, eliminating the difficulties of transporting such long, narrow items.
Most gutter installation companies own their own machinery and are able to do the entire process – measure, manufacture and install your seamless gutters – in only one day!
Since they are manufactured to size, it is not uncommon to have seamless gutters that extend over 40 feet, with the maximum length of a seamless rain gutter around 100 feet without joints. This offers homeowners the choice to have a single piece of lightweight aluminum in whatever color they choose.
Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Traditional gutters have been popular for so long that it might be difficult to see how another option can be a lot more effective. To decide if seamless gutters are a smart choice for your house, you will want to know the benefits of them 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 only at the corners, seamless gutters have a very sleek appearance. Seamless gutter machines cut out holes for downspouts, which must be present every 20 to 30 feet, so that they are smooth and correctly sized. The measurements also help the curb appeal of your house without being overstated or obvious.
Easier Care – Less joints means there are less opportunities for debris to get hung on or get stuck within the gutters. Water drains through more smoothly with fewer clogs. As a homeowner, this should make you extremely happy, since it means you won’t be cleaning them out nearly as much. Seamless gutters only need 1 annual cleaning. In comparison, most standard rain gutter systems have to be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year to keep them functioning well.
Lower Chance of Leaks – Normal gutters can leak at any joint as soon as the gutters start to pull away from the home. Loose fasteners are also a problem that cause gutter leaks. Getting rid of joints along the entire length and width of your home helps reduce the risk of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).
Prevent Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract animals, rodents and insects that are able to hide within them or build nests with the organic materials that are present. From that point, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have access to your attic and will damage your roof, causing hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage. Keeping that buildup out of gutters makes them less attractive for pests.
Eliminates Waste – Measuring for seamless gutters and then manufacturing them on site guarantees that your gutters will be the correct length without having extra pieces that were cut off to match the exact length of the house. This is an eco-friendly practice that reduces your home’s carbon footprint. Plus, there is no need to eliminate the excess or see it end up in a landfill.
Last Longer – Seamless gutters are designed with the latest technology and the best materials on the market. This leads to less leaks, less chance of rust and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the home. Longer lasting gutters can also protect your house, including the walls, windows and the soil below.
Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional
Seamless gutters usually require professional installation because of their size and the training and equipment required to build them. Individuals don’t have access t the machinery required to make seamless gutters, nor do they have the knowledge of how to set up these machines to make exact cuts.
Seamless gutters are more expensive, but once they are installed, you will understand 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 traditional and seamless gutter systems to determine if the price difference and benefits are a good fit for your budget and needs.
Installing seamless gutters is not a project that a single person can handle safely. Pros can install a section up to about 30 feet on their own, but anything longer requires 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 few feet. For gutters any longer than that, the installation team will need to start in two places (1/3 of the way from each end) and attach those sections because of 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. Homeowners can easily damage a seamless gutter by mishandling it. This can affect the gutter’s appearance as well as its effectiveness. Bossier City Gutters is proud to offer seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Bossier City area. Call 318-239-7719 now for more information!