Rain gutters are often an unappreciated feature of modern houses. You probably only take notice of them when it’s time to clean them in preparation for the rainy season. But they perform a vital function in protecting your home from water damage.
Do you want to wake up one day to discover that your basement has been flooded? Or worse, your house shows signs of foundation damage because water has eroded into the soil?
You have two choices when it comes to rain gutters: seamless gutters and sectional. Read on to find out why seamless is the obvious choice for your home instead of outdated sectional gutters.
A Tight Seal
Seams are created when gutter sections are put together. These seams are weak points in the defense against water leaks.
In contrast, seamless gutters are a continuous solid length of gutter along any stretch of the roof. These aren’t entirely seamless (because gutters that continue around corners will need seams), but, for the most part, you’ll minimize the weak areas for possible leaks.
You might wonder what’s the big deal with small leaks here and there. What you need to understand is that the damage leaks can do is cumulative. And while you can easily take care of water stains on walls, you risk permanent damage to the siding. Siding replacement on average costs $7,222 for 1,500 square feet for standard vinyl siding.
For total protection versus water leaks, the only solution is to go with seamless.
Another disadvantage of the joints in the sectional gutter system is that they tend to trap debris. Leaves, twigs, and even small pests and birds can get caught in the seams.
When this debris accumulates, clogging is inevitable. Then, when water settles in your gutters because of the clogging, it can overflow or freeze during winter. The extra weight from the built-up debris can also cause a strain on the gutters, causing whole sections to fall off. Branches and other sharp objects can cause dents and punctures too.
Long story short: You’re going to deal with more frequent problems when you have sectional gutters. Expect to spend more time and money for gutter repairs.
To avoid all this hassle, choose seamless gutters.
More Aesthetically Pleasing
A house isn’t just a place to live in, it’s also an investment. And one of the ways to improve its curb appeal is to install a seamless gutter system.
Sectional gutters have an uneven look because of all the joints and fasteners. Without seams on the gutters, your house will look more sleek, uniform, and tidy.
You can also choose from a wide variety of materials and colors for seamless. For the material, the options are aluminum, steel, copper, and hybrid alloys of these metals. You can have these painted to match the exterior of your house or you can install gutters with a baked-on enamel finish that doesn’t require painting.
Because seamless requires installation by a professional, you can be assured that the dimensions and measurements will be a perfect fit.
Choosing Seamless Gutters Makes Perfect Sense
Seamless gutters may cost a bit more initially, but they will save you money in the long run. They can last for years, require little maintenance, and can improve the curb appeal of your house.
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