Benefits of Seamless Gutters

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

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

Styles and materials improve a lot over a period of only 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 newest options available.

What are Seamless Gutters?

One of the most revolutionary upgrades in home gutters is the invention of seamless gutter systems.

Seamless gutters are installed in long sections, opposed to standard gutters which are only manufactured in sections between 10 and 20 feet. They are made on-site in most cases with a custom machine, removing the difficulties of transporting such long, narrow materials.

Many gutter installation businesses own their own equipment and are able to complete the entire process – measure, manufacture and installing your seamless gutters – in less than one day!

Because they are manufactured to size, it is not uncommon to have seamless gutters that extend over 40 feet, with the longest length of a seamless rain gutter at around 100 feet without joints. This offers homeowners the choice to have an individual piece of lightweight aluminum in any color they choose.

Benefits of Seamless Gutters

Traditional gutters have been popular for so long that it might be hard to see how another choice can be a lot more effective. To determine if seamless gutters are a good choice for your home, you will want to know what sets them apart so you can understand why there is 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 very sleek appearance. Seamless gutter machines even cut out holes for gutter downspouts, which have to be present every 20 to 30 feet, so they are smooth and perfectly sized. The custom measurements also improve the curb appeal of your home without being too overstated or obvious.

Easier Care – Fewer joints means there are fewer opportunities for debris to cling on or get stuck within the rain gutters. Water flows through smoothly with fewer clogs from dirt and debris. As a homeowner, this will likely make you very happy, because it means you won’t need to clean them out nearly as often. Seamless gutters only need 1 annual cleaning. In comparison, some traditional rain gutter systems must be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year to keep them working well.

Lower Chance of Leaks – Standard gutters can leak from any joint once the gutters start to pull away from the house. Loose fasteners are also a problem that can result in gutter leaks. Eliminating joints across the length and width of your house reduces the likelihood of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).

Discourages Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract small animals, rodents and insects that are able to hide within them or build a nest with the materials that are present. From that point, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have easy access to your attic and will damage your roof, resulting in hundreds of dollars’ of repairs. Keeping that buildup out of your rain 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 perfect length without having additional pieces that were cut off to match the length of the home. This is an environmentally-friendly practice 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 newest technology and the best materials available. This creates fewer leaks, less chance of rust and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the house. Longer lasting rain gutters also protect your home, including the exterior walls, windows and the soil.

Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional

Seamless gutters almost always require professional installation due to their size and the experience and machinery necessary to manufacturer them. Individuals don’t have have the equipment needed 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 quickly understand their value which pays for itself over time via fewer repairs and longer time between replacements. If you have questions about the value of seamless rain gutters, speak to a gutter installer who does both traditional and seamless gutter systems to determine if the cost difference and benefits are a good fit for your budget and needs.

Installing seamless gutters is not a job that a single person can handle safely. Pros can install a section up to about 30 feet or so by themselves, but anything longer requires a second person.

For 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 rain gutters that are longer than that, the installation team will need to begin in two places (1/3 of the way from each end) and secure 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 mishandling it. This can damage the gutter’s appearance as well as limit its effectiveness. Fresno Gutter Service is proud to provide seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Fresno area. Call 559-206-6450 now for more information!