Benefits of Seamless Gutters

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Gutters need to be replaced almost as often as the roof on a home, so somewhere around 20 years. This is a good long while, 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 had to replace your gutters lately, it’s probably about time to start 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 replaced them.

Styles and types of materials improve a lot over a period of just a few years. This means that 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 new options available.

What are Seamless Gutters?

One of the biggest upgrades in rain gutters is the invention of seamless gutter systems.

Seamless gutters are installed in very long sections, opposed to standard gutters that only come in sections between 10 and 20 feet. They are made on-site in most cases with a special machine, eliminating the difficulties of transporting long, narrow items.

Many gutter installation companies have their own machinery and are able to complete the whole process on their own – measure, manufacture and installing your seamless gutters – in less than one day!

Because they are built to size, it is possible to have seamless gutters that stretch over 40 feet, with the longest length of a seamless gutter at around 100 feet without joints. This offers homeowners the option to have an individual piece of lightweight aluminum in any color they choose.

Benefits of Seamless Gutters

Standard gutters have been popular for so long that it can be difficult to see how another choice can be a lot more effective. To decide if seamless gutters are a smart idea for your house, you need know the benefits of them so you can also understand why there is a noticeable price difference between the two.

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 look. Seamless gutter fabrication machines even cut out holes for gutter downspouts, which must be present every 20 to 30 feet, so that they are smooth and correctly sized. The custom measurements also improve the curb appeal of your house without being too overstated or obvious.

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

Lower Chance of Leaks – Regular gutters can leak from any joint if the gutters start to pull away from the home. Loose fasteners are another problem that can result in gutter leaks. Getting rid of joints throughout the length and width of your home reduces the chance of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).

Discourages Pests – Clogged gutters will attract animals and insects that are able to hide within them or build a nest with the organic materials that are present. From there, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have easy access to your attic and will damage your roof, leading to hundreds of dollars’ of repairs. Keeping that buildup out of rain gutters makes them less appealing for pests.

Eliminates Waste – Measuring for seamless gutters and then cutting them on site guarantees that your gutters will be the correct length without having additional pieces that were cut off to match the exact length of the house. This is an environmentally-friendly process that lowers your home’s carbon footprint. Also, there is no need to eliminate the excess or see it end up in a landfill.

Longer Lifetime – Seamless gutters are built with the latest technology and the best materials on the market. This creates less leaks, a smaller chance of rust and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the home. Longer lasting gutters can also protect your house, including the exterior walls, windows and the soil.

Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional

Seamless gutters typically need professional installation due to their size and the experience and equipment required to manufacturer them. Individuals don’t have have the machinery required 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 due to fewer repairs and longer time between replacements. If you have questions concerning the value of seamless rain gutters, speak to a gutter installer who offers both standard and seamless gutter systems to determine if the price difference and benefits are a good fit for your budget and needs.

Installing these extra-long rain gutters is not a job that a single person can handle safely. Pros can install a section up to about 35 feet on their own, but anything longer will require a second person.

For gutters that are 35 feet or less, they will start in the middle and work their way to each end, securing the gutter every several feet. For rain gutters that are longer, the installation team will start in two places (1/3 of the way from each end) and fasten those sections 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 its effectiveness. KC Gutter Cleaning is proud to offer seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Kansas City area. Call 816-239-3691 now for more information!