Rain gutters need to be replaced almost 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 gutters should do their job with little effort on your part besides gutter cleaning and routine maintenance.
If you haven’t replaced your home’s gutters lately, it’s probably a good time to begin considering the options. More than likely, your options have changed a lot since the last time you shopped for gutters, either when building your house or the last time you had to replace them.
Styles and types of materials improve drastically over a period of only a few years. This means your next gutters will be more efficient, lighter and more attractive than the ones that are currently on your home.
Seamless gutters are one of the new options available.
What are Seamless Gutters?
One of the standout upgrades in residential gutters is the creation of seamless gutter systems.
Seamless gutters are installed in very long sections, opposed to traditional gutters that are only available in sections between 10 and 20 feet. They are made on-site in most situations with a custom machine, eliminating the difficulties of transporting such long, narrow materials.
Many gutter installation services own their own machinery and can do the whole process – measure, manufacture and installing your seamless gutters – in just one day!
Since they are built to size, it is not uncommon to have seamless gutters that stretch over 50 feet, with the maximum length of a seamless rain gutter around 100 feet with no joints. This offers homeowners the choice 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 good idea for your house, you should know 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 sleek look. Seamless gutter machines cut out holes for gutter downspouts, which must be present every 20 to 30 feet, so that they are smooth and perfectly sized. The measurements also increase the curb appeal of your house without being too overstated and 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 less clogs from dirt and debris. As a homeowner, this should make you very pleased, as it means you won’t be cleaning them out nearly as much. Seamless gutters only need 1 annual cleaning. In comparison, some regular gutter systems must be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year in order to keep them functioning well.
Lower Chance of Leaks – Normal gutters can leak at any joint if the gutters start to pull away from the house. Loose fasteners are another problem that can result in gutter leaks. Eliminating joints along the entire length and width of your house helps reduce the risk of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).
Discourages Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract animals, rodents and insects that are able to hide within them or build nests with the debris that is present. From there, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have access to your attic and will destroy your roof, causing hundreds of dollars’ of damage (at a minimum). Keeping that buildup out of your gutters makes them less attractive for pests.
Eliminates Waste – Measuring for seamless gutters and then cutting them on site guarantees 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 eco-friendly practice that reduces your home’s carbon footprint. Plus, there is no need to get rid of the excess or see it end up in a landfill.
Longer Lifetime – Seamless gutters are designed with the newest technology and the best materials on the market. This leads to fewer leaks, less chance of rusting and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the house. Longer lasting gutters can also protect your home, including the exterior walls, windows and surrounding soil below.
Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional
Seamless gutters almost always need professional installation due to their size and the training and equipment required to manufacturer them. Individuals don’t have access t the machinery needed to produce seamless gutters, nor do they have the training on how to set up these machines to make exact cuts.
Seamless gutters do cost more, but once they are installed, you will immediately see their value which pays for itself due to less repairs and longer time between replacements. If you have any questions about the value of seamless gutters, talk with a gutter installer who provides both standard and seamless gutter systems to determine if the price difference and benefits are worth it for your budget and needs.
Installing these extra-long gutters is not a task that a single person can handle safely. Professionals can install a section up to about 30 feet or so 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, attaching the gutter every several feet. For rain gutters any longer than that, the installation team will begin in two places (1/3 of the way from each end) and secure those places due to the length and the 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 affect the gutter’s appearance as well as limit its effectiveness. Commerce City Gutters is proud to offer seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Commerce City area. Call 720-445-8969 now for more information!