Rain 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, and in the meantime, your rain gutters need to do their job with very little work on your part besides gutter cleaning and annual maintenance.
If you haven’t needed to replace your gutters recently, it’s probably a good time to start considering the options. More than likely, your options have changed since the last time you shopped for gutters, either when building your house or the last time you replaced them.
Styles and types of materials improve drastically over a period of only a few years. This means that your next gutters will be much more efficient, lighter and more attractive than the current ones on your house.
Seamless gutters are one of the new options available.
What are Seamless Gutters?
One of the most revolutionary improvements in residential gutters is the invention of seamless gutter systems.
Seamless gutters are installed in long sections, as opposed to standard gutters which are only manufactured in sections between 10 and 20 feet. They are made on-site in many cases with a special machine, removing the difficulties of transporting long, narrow items.
Many gutter installation services own their own machinery and can complete the whole process on their own – measure, manufacture and install your seamless gutters – in just one day!
Since they are built to size, it is not uncommon to have seamless gutters that extend over 40 feet, with the longest length of a seamless gutter around 100 feet with no joints. This gives homeowners the choice to have a single piece of lightweight aluminum in whatever color they choose.
Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Standard gutters have been popular for so long that it can be difficult to realize how another choice can be a lot more effective. To determine if seamless gutters are a good idea for your home, you need to understand 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 noticeably sleek look. Seamless gutter machines cut out holes for gutter downspouts, which have to 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 and obvious.
Easier Care – Fewer joints means there are fewer opportunities for debris to cling on or get stuck within the rain gutters. Water drains through more smoothly with fewer clogs. As a homeowner, this should make you extremely happy, because it means you don’t need to clean them out nearly as often. Seamless gutters only need 1 yearly cleaning. In comparison, most standard rain gutter systems must be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year to keep them functioning well.
Lower Chance of Leaks – Standard gutters can leak from any joint if the gutters start to pull away from the house. Loose fasteners are also a problem that results in gutter leaks. Eliminating joints along the length and width of your house helps reduce the likelihood of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).
Discourages Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract small animals and insects that will hide inside of them or build a nest with the debris that is present. From that point, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have easy access to your attic and can destroy your roof, leading to hundreds of dollars worth of damage (at a minimum). Keeping that buildup out of gutters makes them less appealing for pests.
Eliminates Waste – Measuring for seamless gutters and then manufacturing them on site ensures that your gutters will be the correct size without having extra pieces that were cut off to match the exact length of the home. This is an environmentally-friendly practice that lowers your home’s carbon footprint. Plus, there is no need to destroy the excess or see it end up in a landfill.
Last Longer – Seamless gutters are designed with the latest technology and the best materials available. This creates less leaks, a smaller chance of rust and reduced risk of the gutters pulling away from the home. Longer lasting rain gutters also protect your house, including the exterior walls, windows and the soil below.
Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional
Seamless gutters usually require professional installation due to their size and the training and machinery needed to build them. Most homeowners don’t have the machinery needed to produce seamless gutters, nor do they have the training on how to program these machines to make precise cuts.
Seamless gutters do cost more, but once they are professionally installed, you will understand their value which pays for itself over time via less repairs and longer time between replacements. If you have questions concerning the value of seamless gutters, speak to a gutter installer who does both standard and seamless gutter systems to decide if the price difference and benefits are a good fit for your budget and needs.
Installing seamless rain gutters is not a project that a single person can handle safely. Pros can install a section up to about 30 feet or so by themselves, 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, securing the gutter every several feet. For rain gutters that are longer, the installation team will begin in two places (1/3 of the way from each end) and fasten those sections because of 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. Homeowners can damage a long gutter by handling it improperly. This can damage the gutter’s appearance as well as its effectiveness. Nashville Gutter Solutions is proud to offer seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Nashville area. Call 615-387-9227 now for more information!