If the time has come to replace your gutters, you have probably realized just how many options you have. One of the most common options you'll come across is seamless gutters. They've certainly become more popular over the years, and many homeowners consider them a necessity. However, they're not always the best choice for every home. Consider these pros and cons before opting for seamless gutters over standard, seamed varieties.
Pro: Seamless gutters are less likely to leak.
Seamless gutters are not completely incapable of leaking like some suggest. However, they are much less likely to leak than standard, seamed gutters. They may last several decades before leaking or only leak after a major storm rather than developing little leaks along the way. If you live in a very windy or rainy area, this is to your advantage since the absence of leaks will mean fewer stains and less water damage to your home.
Pro: Seamless gutters look more polished.
Seams between sections of gutters can make a home look rougher and unfinished. With seamless gutters, you have a more consistent, flowing appearance. This may increase the curb appeal of your home. Plus, having invested a bit more money in seamless gutters will increase your home value if you decide to sell -- and you'll have an easier time finding a buyer, thanks to how the gutters look and how in-demand they are among buyers.
Con: Seamless gutters are not a DIY project.
You can usually find standard, seamed gutters at a local home improvement store and install them yourself if this is what you prefer. However, seamless gutters need to be made specifically to fit the dimensions of your home. This requires special extrusion equipment that would be prohibitive for you to purchase for one project. Thus, you really need to have the gutters installed by a professional contractor.
Con: The gutters can be harder to clean.
Seamless gutters are still prone to accumulating debris, like fallen leaves and shingle granules, just like seamed gutters. You use the same process to clean them: scoop the debris out, and rinse the gutter clean. However, if the debris gets caught in the gutter, it's harder to remove since you can't separate the gutter at the seam and remove it from the roof. You'll have to clear it from your perch on the ladder.
To learn more about seamless gutters and your other options, speak with a roofing company, such as D & M Exteriors, in your area.Share
13 April 2017
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