Copper gutters never rust or need painting; they should last 100 years in any climate. Aluminum gutters are also common and durable for many climates. If you do choose aluminum gutters, you’ll have to choose between sectional and seamless gutters. Here’s what homeowners should know about the advantages of seamless gutters.
What are seamless gutters?
Seamless gutters are, as their name implies, a seamless solution to traditional guttering systems. Instead of having to be assembled in pieces, they’re installed in one long piece to help keep water away from your home.
“Originally, gutters were only sold in sections and pieces…Eventually, though, a new system was invented. Instead of forming a gutter system out of numerous pieces, now one piece of aluminum can be molded to length and installed as one single piece. Seamless gutters are not entirely seamless because gutter runs that stretch around corners require seams on both sides of the corner, but for the most part, they provide a straight shot of unmarred metal from one end to the other,” writes Shane Drew on Angie’s List.
Why are seamless gutters superior to sectional gutter systems?
Seamless gutters are best known for their superior ability to prevent leaks that could eventually cause water damage to your home if left untreated. Seamless gutters are better at preventing leaks simply because there are no gaps between pieces like a traditional system. This leads to superior protection day in and day out. If you have further concerns about the best type of gutters for your home, contact a gutter installation professional.
What effect do seamless gutters have on the need for downspouts?
While seamless gutters do have their benefits, they don’t replace the need for proper downspouts. Make sure downspout extensions are directed at least 1.8 meters away from your home’s foundation walls. And make sure the water doesn’t flow towards your neighbor’s home. Downspout extensions should be directed away from your house towards the road, back yard or back lane.
Ultimately, understanding your guttering system options can help you choose the best for your home’s needs. For more information about aluminum or stainless steel gutters, contact NW Rain Gutters.