3 Benefits of Seamless Gutters
If you’re wondering whether or not a seamless gutter benefits you, you’re probably wondering how a seamless gutter actually differs from a traditional gutter. In essence, the name seamless gutter says it all. A traditional gutter is actually different sections of gutter put together, almost like a puzzle. On the other hand, a seamless gutter is cut at the appropriate length to fit each building individually, resulting in there being no seams because there are no junction points.
Having a seamless gutter has several benefits, including these three:
They Reduce Leaks
The basic purpose of a gutter is to collect rainwater off a building’s roof, limiting damage and controlling the flow of said rainwater. However, your gutters cannot effectively do this if they are suffering from leaks. Unfortunately, due to the seams where the sections of traditional gutters are joined together, they have a tendency to leak easier. Conversely, this means that while seamless gutters are not impervious to leaks, they are less likely to leak. This is due in large part to leaves and other debris that get caught at the seams, causing a backup in the flow of water.
At the end of the day you can’t allow your gutters to leak. That means you’ll be looking at gutter repairs, or even new gutters, if you are not on top of maintaining your traditional gutters.
There is Less Maintenance
If there is a downside to seamless gutters, it’s that they’re challenging to install, owing to being individually cut to fit a building. However, one of many seamless gutter benefits is that it has more longevity and easier long term maintenance than a quicker gutter installation. Traditional gutters require much more cleaning, particularly if there are a lot of nearby trees. The lack of junction points also makes seamless gutters more durable.
What this amounts to is less gutter maintenance and less of a need for gutter repair in the short term. As for the long term, you’ll likely have more time between gutter installations with seamless gutters.
They’re More Aesthetically Pleasing
Less important than the true purpose of gutters, which is to avoid potentially catastrophic water damage, is the fact that seamless gutters are objectively better looking. The points where traditional gutters meet have a tendency to be unsightly, especially compared to seamless gutters. A seamless gutter benefits from not needing to be painted as well. Again, this is in contrast to a traditional gutter, which you generally will need to paint.
While it is easy to look at gutters as a chore, or simply forget about them entirely, but gutters are extremely important. That’s because gutters protect a building from water damage, which costs an estimated $2,386 to fix on average. That cost is why it is so important to make sure you have the right gutters for your home.