If you are not quite sure what the term “seamless gutter” means, you are not alone. Though the term itself is fairly self-explanatory, you may not know exactly how it could positively affect you or your home. A seamless gutter is a gutter made with no seams, unlike the standard sectional gutters you commonly see. A sectional gutter is made up of multiple pieces that fit into one another, specifically to go around the corners of the roof of homes and structures. The corners in particular can get a little cluttered and clunky because they require multiple pieces of gutter. Multiple pieces of gutter means more seams and places where water can escape or debris can get caught and clog a gutter. Gutters by their very nature are meant to protect a home or structure from water damage, so it is best to make sure your gutters are made by seamless gutter machines so you know you are getting the best protection for your home. Here are just a few of the benefits of seamless gutters:
- Seamless gutters look better: As mentioned above, standard sectional gutters can look clunky due to their excess of materials. Generally sectional gutters are made out of aluminum. These aluminum sections are fit together but the cuts can sometimes be jagged or ill fit depending on how they were made. If gutters are made with a seamless gutter machine, this look can be avoided. Instead, gutters will have smooth, clean lines, especially at the corners of a roof.
- Seamless gutters protect your home from water damage: Even though the purpose of any type of gutter is to protect a structure from water damage by diverting water away from the structure, sectional gutters do not do this as well as seamless gutters. Seamless gutters provide less opportunity for water to leak or debris to pile up and cause dangerous and unsightly clogs. When water can flow more freely, it will ensure that the water ends up where you intend it to: in a working drain and away from your house.
- Seamless gutters will help avoid wood rot: A gutter machine that makes seamless gutters provides a product that will be more effective and efficient at keeping water away from your home. For example, with sectional gutters, a seam might allow small amounts of water to drip out on to the structure behind it. While this may not seem like an immediate problem, over time and many rain or snow storms, the wood behind the gutter will eventually start to degrade and maybe even rot due to water damage.
- Seamless gutters will save you money over time: While it may be initially more expensive to put seamless gutters on your home, the amount you can save by not having to deal with problems like wood rot or flooding is worth it. Costly repairs to your basement, walls or carpeting can easily outweigh what you spend to install seamless gutters.
It is clear why seamless gutters are becoming synonymous with quality and are the industry standard. When looking for gutters for your home, you should prioritize seamless over sectional gutters.