Rain gutters need to be replaced about as often as the roof on a home, so somewhere around 20 years. This is a good long while, and in the meantime, your home’s rain gutters need to do their job with very little work on your part besides gutter cleaning and routine maintenance.
If you haven’t had to replace your gutters recently, it’s probably a good time to begin considering the options. Chances are, your options have changed a lot since you last shopped for new gutters, either when building your home or the last time you had to replace them.
Styles and materials improve significantly over a period of just a few years. This means that 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 newest options available.
What are Seamless Gutters?
One of the major upgrades in home gutters is the creation of seamless gutter systems.
Seamless gutters are installed in long sections, opposed to traditional gutters which are only available in sections between 10 and 20 feet. They are made on-site in many situations with a special machine, eliminating the difficulties of transporting such long, narrow materials.
Most gutter installation businesses own their own machinery and can do the entire process – measure, manufacture and install your seamless gutters – in just one day!
Because they are built to size, it is possible to have seamless gutters that extend over 50 feet, with the maximum length of a seamless rain gutter at around 100 feet without joints. This gives homeowners the choice to have an individual piece of lightweight aluminum in any color they choose.
Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Traditional gutters have been used for so long that it can be difficult to see how another option can be more effective. To determine if seamless gutters are a good choice for your home, you will want to understand what sets them apart so you can also understand why there is such a noticeable price difference for them.
There are many benefits of seamless gutters over traditional gutter systems:
Better Curb Appeal – With joints just at the corners, seamless gutters have a noticeably sleek look. Seamless gutter machines even cut out holes for downspouts, which must be present every 20 to 30 feet, so that they are smooth and perfectly sized. The measurements also help the curb appeal of your house without being overstated or obvious.
Easier Care – Less joints means there are fewer opportunities for debris to get hung on or get stuck within the rain gutters. Water drains through more smoothly with less clogs from dirt and debris. As a homeowner, this will likely make you extremely pleased, because it means you won’t be cleaning them out as often. Seamless gutters usually only need 1 yearly cleaning. In comparison, most traditional gutter systems have to be cleaned 2 to 4 times a year to keep them working well.
Lower Chance of Leaks – Traditional gutters can leak at any joint as soon as the gutters start pulling away from the house. Loose fasteners are another problem that result in gutter leaks. Getting rid of joints throughout the entire length and width of your house reduces the chance of leaks (which protects your windows, porches, and landscaping).
Prevent Pests – Buildup in your gutters will attract small animals and insects that are able to hide inside of them or build a nest with the materials that are present. From that point, insects, birds, squirrels and chipmunks have access to your attic and will damage your roof, leading to hundreds of dollars’ worth of repairs (at a minimum). Keeping that buildup out of your gutters makes them less appealing for pests.
Eliminates Waste – Measuring for seamless gutters and then building them on site ensures that your gutters will be the correct length without having additional pieces that were cut off to match the length of the house. This is an eco-friendly practice that reduces your home’s carbon footprint. In addition, there is no need to eliminate the excess or see it end up in a landfill.
Last Longer – Seamless gutters are made with the newest 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 rain gutters also protect your home, including the walls, windows and the soil.
Seamless Gutters Installed by a Professional
Seamless gutters usually need professional installation because of their size and the training and equipment needed to manufacturer them. Individuals don’t have have the equipment required to produce seamless gutters, nor do they have the knowledge of how to set up these machines to make precise cuts.
Seamless gutters do cost more, but once they are installed, you will 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 gutters, talk with a gutter installer who does both traditional and seamless gutter systems to decide if the price difference and benefits are worth it for your budget and needs.
Installing seamless gutters is not a job that a homeowner can handle safely. Pros can install a section up to about 35 feet 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, 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 fasten 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 damage the gutter’s appearance as well as limit its effectiveness. Fremont Gutter Service is proud to offer seamless gutter installation to all homes and businesses in the Fremont area. Call 510-650-1777 now for more information!