Regular Gutters vs Seamless Gutters - The Pros and Cons
Seamless gutters were designed to specifically provide homeowners with maximum and efficient flow of water away from their home. This type of gutter consists of materials that have fewer leakage points due to the reduction of problematic seams. Seamless gutters are made in one continuous roll, so they prevent the factors that often contribute to leaky roofs and gutters during heavy storms. Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, so it is essential to keep it well maintained and protected. Seamless gutters can play an instrumental role in protecting your home from the risks that are caused by leaky gutters.
Seamless Gutter vs Regular Gutters
Gutters are essential in helping to extend the durability of the roof, walls, doors, and windows of your home. They are used to re-route the water to the specified path and to allow the water to be collected in a specified location, either for storage or to go into the lawn. Gutters are available in a wide variety of shapes and types. The choice is typically dependent on the architecture of the house and the climate conditions. If you are in need of new gutters but you’re not sure whether seamless gutters are the right option for you, here are the primary differences between the two options.
Traditional gutters have been in use for many years. They are available in a wide range of colors and can be made in a wide variety of materials, such as metal, copper, stainless steel, and vinyl. Wood gutters are also an option, but they are typically only used on older homes in order to coordinate with the exterior structure and aesthetic appeal of older homes. Gutter installation is generally an easy process. The materials used are available in standard sizes, and the sizes can be altered based on the roof design and required pathway of water redirection. The seam should not be used to seal the gutters, but should instead be done with perfection in order to avoid leakage and breakthrough of water.
The improper installation of regular gutters will ruin the entire gutter installation. Regular gutters should be tested during the installation process by allowing the flow of water to pass through to ensure there are no leaks in or around the seams. Regular gutters should be given priority when it comes to maintenance because leaves, dirt, and debris can easily get clogged in the gutters, especially when they go unnoticed for a period of time. One way to reduce the amount of time cleaning gutters is with the use of leaf guards, which divert the leaves and prevent them from entering the gutters.
Pros of Regular Gutters
- Regular gutters are typically less expensive than seamless gutters
- Defected portions of the gutter can often be easily replaced without disturbing the rest of the gutter
- Cleaning can be done by the homeowner
- Regular gutters can easily be altered according to the structure of the house, without special equipment
- Blockages are easily seen and can often be easily removed
Cons of Regular Gutters
- Frequent exposure to the elements may lead to rust and/or leaks
- Even with the installation of a gutter guard, there is always a problem with debris
- Expansion and construction of certain materials may occur with seasonal changes and may damage the gutter
- Replacing a single gutter will alter the exterior look of the house, so the gutter must be painted to match the exterior of your home
Seamless gutters are quickly becoming a popular design structure for homes of all styles. They are available in a wide range of materials and can be installed during the initial construction process or years after the construction. Seamless gutters are preferred in areas with heavy rainfall, and they are not restricted to any particular type of architecture, including multi-story homes that have several bends and turns. Seamless gutters are typically custom-made to fit each home.
Skilled professionals should do the installation of seamless gutters. It is essential that the lengths and shapes of the gutters be done to perfection. A professional contractor will have the appropriate tools and equipment to properly cut seamless gutters and to install them correctly. Gutter maintenance is not a requirement for seamless gutters because they are designed as a closed architectural design.
Pros of Seamless Gutters
- Provide a trendy, quality look to the house
- Can be used for complex architectural designs without the need for special joints for fitting purposes
- Leaks and rust are rarely an issue because there are no seams that allow water seepage, which may introduce rust
- Determined to be much more durable than regular gutters because they are not impacted by expansion, contraction, and freezing
- Durable and have a long lifespan
- Do not provide an entry point for leaves and debris
- Require very little maintenance
Cons of Seamless Gutters
- Installation is more costly than regular gutters
- Installation cannot be done by DIY homeowners
- Cleaning and replacement must be done by professionals
There are several advantages of installing seamless gutters. Along with the absence of seams, they are extremely effective at preventing water leakages from the gutters, which in turn helps to protect your home against water damages. One of the most beneficial reasons to consider installing seamless gutters is the ability to save money. Not only are they available in a wide range of materials, making them budget-friendly, but they also reduce the need for monthly cleaning in order to remove the leaves and debris. Seamless gutter systems also prevent pests, birds, and critters from entering the system and your home.
Contact Tomlinson Cannon to learn more information about seamless gutters or to schedule a consultation to help determine if seamless gutters are the best option for your home.