So you think that seamless gutters require less maintenance? You might just be right, especially since the demand for no seams vs regular has drastically increased in the past 5 years.
For those of you who might not know, gutters are installed on roofs to divert the water or snow-melt falling on roofs so that it is properly channelized and led away from the walls and foundations. Traditionally, gutters are made up of lengths and sections of profiles made from galvanized iron, PVC, copper or other materials.
These lengths are then joined to form the required gutter that runs the entire length of the roof, till they make their way into downspouts that lead the water away. The joints are vulnerable and can give way. In most cases, adjoining lengths are overlapped, so that the overlap is in the direction of the flow. These joints require being properly sealed so that the water draining away does not leak through these joints. The problem that is caused by joints can be avoided if seamless gutters that are made of long lengths that go from the high point of the gutter to the spout.
“Seamless gutters are highly functional as they do not have any divisions, joints or other demarcations. This prevents the gutters from leaking and damaging the walls.” says Ricardo Styles, with Virginia Beach Gutters. Check out his gutter company website and submit a request for service if you’re local. Ricardo also mentioned that they can also result in savings, as less time is required to maintain and repair gutters. If you’re unsure about making repair work or replacing the whole thing, read some tips on Ricardo’s gutter replacement page. The gutters are made of the same materials that are used for traditional gutters and can be custom made to exactly fit the configuration of the roof of a home. They can be manufactured to individual requirements or any preference that a customer may have for a particular profile. A custom-made seamless gutter can make gutter installation easy and allow it to function flawlessly.
Need extra help with cleaning them out during the fall? Check out the video below if you’re a DIY’er, otherwise I’d suggest calling a pro.
Joints in gutters can act to attract or catch dirt and debris that you will often find on roofs. A seamless gutter will never have this problem, and it becomes much easier to clean them during the regular maintenance that is a must for every roof. Cover the gutter and you can further reduce the need for cleaning and maintenance. Seamless gutters, their manufacturer, and installation are best left to the experts. Engaging professionals can increase costs, but ultimately their durability and reduction in the cost of maintenance can even things out.
Gutters are located on the roofs of homes and are always exposed to weather and the elements and can corrode if they are metallic. PVC gutters can be immune to corrosion, but the effect of UV rays can make them brittle in the long run. You cannot completely escape maintenance of seamless gutters, but they will be less troublesome to clean. Roof maintenance has to be carried out at periodic intervals and at least once a year.It can help if gutters are cleaned after every storm as these do tend to fill them up with debris from leaves and dust. The cleaning operations become easier with seamless gutters. Seamless gutters often require fewer supports, whereas jointed gutters may require support at every joint. Maintaining proper slopes in seamless gutters is important so that water flows easily into the downspouts and clears the gutter efficiently. Once you start using seamless gutters, you are likely to see the advantage and ensure that these will be your gutter of choice for the future.