Decorating Your Home

5 Things To Know About Seamless Gutters

When it comes to roof gutters, there are two main options — sectional gutters that have seams and seamless gutters that are shaped onsite at the time of installation. Seamless gutters are often the best option, as their additional cost is more than compensated for by their longer life span.

1. Professional Installation Required

Standard gutters are available at every home improvement store, so they are a common DIY project. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, require special equipment and training to form the gutters onsite so that they are customized to the shape and needs of your home. This professional installation means that the gutters are less likely to have post-installation problems, like leaks or poor downspout routing. Further, the work and the gutters are usually covered by a warranty or guarantee. 

2. Fewer Chances for Future Leaks

Leaks can be a real issue with conventional sectional gutters, as they contain many seams that can eventually fail. Seamless gutters don't have any seams along the main runs of the trough, so leaks aren't common. The only seams are where the gutter caps attach at the end of a trough and where the downspout connects to the gutter trough, so a leak can be easily traced to the source and repaired if it does occur.

3. Eliminates Most Sagging Concerns

Sagging gutters don't drain properly, so they are likely to overflow. This negates the entire purpose of the gutters. Sags most often occur at the joint where one length of a gutter trough connects to the next. Since seamless gutters don't have these joints to create a weak spot, they are less likely to sag. If sagging does occur, the repair is usually as simple as replacing a hanging clip as opposed to fixing trouble with a failing joint seam.

4. Less Required Maintenance

Regular gutter maintenance, such as cleaning out gutters and downspouts, is necessary no matter what type of guttering you choose. Seamless gutters just tend to need less frequent maintenance compared to sectional guttering. Debris flows out of the gutters more easily when there are no seams to get hung up on, which makes clogs less frequent. Of course, there is also less need to spend time finding leaks and repairing them, as well.

5. Choose From a Variety of Styles

The days of only one style choice and three color choices for seamless gutters are fortunately in the past. Today, you can find seamless gutters in a range of styles and nearly any color you desire. Standard box and K-style shapes are available in seamless options, as are more decorative styles like half-round and faux-fascia designs. 

Contact a seamless gutter installation service to learn more about the available options for your home.