5 Benefits of Seamless Gutters
Do your gutters leak? Do they sag and pull away from your home? Require constant maintenance like cleaning and pounding or screwing fasteners back into the fascia board every season to tunnel rainwater properly off the roof through your drainage system? You likely have sectional gutters installed on your home and should consider the benefits of seamless gutters.
Seamless gutters are the champions of gutters offering increased performance, longevity, and visual appeal than standard sectional gutters. Although seamless gutters cost a bit more to install upfront, many homeowners believe the benefits are well worth the investment.
What Are Seamless Gutters?
Seamless gutters are gutters that come in one long continuous piece without sections, seams, or joints, the main causes of leaks and gutter problems. These gutters are seamless as the name suggests and have fewer joints located only on roof corners and downspouts.
Installers custom fit seamless gutters to roofs onsite using a specialized machine that rolls out and shapes the gutter to the exact length and specifications of homes. This custom install not only enhances how seamless gutters look on your property but also how they function year after year. Seamless gutters come in the following material options:
Aluminum is the most popular choice among homeowners and contractors don’t recommend vinyl because they lack the durability offered by metal gutters.
Benefits of Seamless Gutters
1. Seamless Gutters Are Stronger Than Sectional Gutters
Seamless gutters are 20% thicker and stronger than sectional gutters sold at home improvement stores that come with a thickness of 0.24.” Seamless gutters are made from seamless gutter machines and constructed from contractor grade materials that contain thicknesses of .032” or 0.27”. Their construction makes seamless gutters hold up better to heavy rain, snow, and ice than sectional gutters do.
2. Seamless Gutters Encounter Fewer Clogs and Leaks
The seams and joints in sectional gutters provide a home for falling leaves, twigs, debris, dirt–– and even small pests that get trapped in gutters and cause clogs in your gutter system. Since seamless gutters only contain joints at the corners of the roof and in downspouts, they’re much less likely to clog than their thinner opponents which contain joints every 10 feet.
This means seamless gutters are much less likely to get stopped up, leak, and overflow which makes them work more efficiently to carry water off the roof into your yard and away from your house through your roof’s drainage system. Plus you won’t need to worry about stagnant water blocking your gutter system and overflowing causing damage to your roof, exterior walls, landscaping, basement, crawl space––and most of all, your foundation when water pools on the ground.
3. Seamless Gutters Have a Long Lifespan
Another great benefit of having seamless gutters installed on your roof is their longevity. Because the materials used in seamless gutters are thicker, they’re more durable and hold up longer than sectional gutters.
While you’ll pay a little more for the installation, you won’t need a new gutter system every 10 years because they’ll last for decades. Most seamless gutters last for two to three decades––or even longer, and many manufacturers stand behind them with 30-year warranties. When shopping for seamless gutters ensure you buy them from a company with a good warranty, even if you don’t need to use it.
4. Seamless Gutters Save Money on Repair
Due to their durable construction and length, you won’t need to repair seamless gutter systems nearly as often as sectional gutters that contain more sections where things can go wrong. So even though you invest more when they’re installed, with fewer joints and seams, over the years you’ll save more on repair costs which means putting more money in your pocket to spend on other home projects or however you like.
When you’re growing tired of repairing seams and joints every six to 12 months for your sectional gutters, consider making the switch to seamless gutters.
5. Seamless Gutters Boost Curb Appeal
When you’ve invested valuable time and money to beautify your home with pristine landscaping and a flawless exterior paint job, the last thing you want to see is gutter sections hanging down from the roof when you pull up to your property.
This frequently happens with sectional gutters after inclement weather when the weight of water, melted snow, and ice weigh your gutters down between individual joints and seams. An inch of rain alone pouring onto a 40 x 70-foot roof weighs more than 1,700 pounds. This weight puts extreme pressure on the seams and joints and creates gaps and sagging.
In contrast, seamless gutters prevent gutters from forming gaps and sagging because they’re installed from corner to corner in one piece custom fitted to your roof with hidden hardware attached to fascia boards and rafters, improving the visual appeal of your home.
Are seamless gutters worth it?
Seamless gutters are worth the price for the following reasons: you’ll save on repair costs; they don’t need to be cleaned and maintained as often; they last longer, and come with a 20- to 30-year warranty. Although you’ll pay more for seamless gutters when they’re installed, they’re likely to last for as long as you live in your home.
What are the drawbacks of seamless gutters?
Seamless gutters cost more than sectional gutters,, so if you’re strapped for cash, it will be more economical to buy sectional gutters. Seamless gutters also don’t make a good DIY project since they need to be installed by professionals experienced using a specialized machine to cut and shape the gutters.
What do seamless gutters cost per foot?
The price you’ll pay for seamless gutters by the foot varies based on the material you choose and the price installers charge in your area. Aluminum and vinyl seamless gutters range between $3 and $9 per foot, however, copper and steel seamless gutters are more expensive costing between $8 to $25 per foot. Expect to pay between $650 to $1,750 for a home.