Why Choose Seamless Gutters?
From the desk of our CEO: Zahn Scholtz
Seamless gutters have become very popular over the last few years. It is not surprising, as more and more property owners locally and around the world are realising that seamless gutters offer a range of benefits that traditional, sectioned gutters simply can’t match. These benefits make seamless gutters a great choice to protect and enhance the appeal and value of a property.
In this article, I would like to explain exactly what seamless gutters are and how they differ from traditional gutters, look at the various benefits that seamless gutters offer property owners, and consider how to decide whether seamless gutters are the right choice for your specific needs.
What are Seamless Gutters?
Seamless gutters differ from the traditional gutters in a seemingly small way that makes a really big difference.
Unlike traditional gutters – also known as sectional or seamed gutters – seamless gutters do not have “seams” or cuts. Traditional gutters come in pre-cut sections that need to be joined together to run the length of the roof by being sealed or soldered at the joints.
Instead, seamless gutters are made in single pieces that are not sectioned. These single pieces join only at the inside and outside corners of the building and at downspout outlets.
Like traditional gutters, seamless gutters are also made from different materials, including aluminium, steel, copper and vinyl.
What are the Benefits of Seamless Gutters?
Gutters are a crucial part of a building. Without strong and functional gutters, water would continually flow and/or drip down the walls of a building. Water running down building walls to the ground below can cause a great deal of damage, ranging from flooding to spoiled, peeling paint, rot and mold, and long-term deterioration.
Gutter systems should carry any water away from the walls of the building and into water drainage systems. This is because when water spills over or leaks from gutters, the walls, fascia’s and siding boards become wet and this can result in rotten wood, water stains, peeling paint and the growth of algae and mold – on the walls, fascia’s and sidings.
Furthermore, leaking, blocked or missing gutters will also allow water to run down to the building’s foundation, where it can and will seep through even the tiniest cracks. It not only creates an environment for the growth of mold and mildew, it can also cause leaks and flooding into a basement.
Of course, in order for gutters to work properly, they must be cleaned out regularly to prevent the backup of leaves, sticks and other debris that can build up quickly. Clogged gutters can lead to all kinds of expensive problems, such as damaged gutters, gutter leaks, overflows, roof leaks, landscape damage, damage to foundations due to standing water and even water leaks into the basement.
Gutter seams are the ideal places for clogs, leaks and rust to develop. Anywhere a gutter has a joint where two sections meet, there is the possibility of leakage problems. These joints can widen from each other, or holes can form, or rust can develop at the joints and become a problem. Seamless gutters do not have seams, sections or joins where leaves and other debris can become stuck and hinder the water flow. Instead, because seamless gutters are continuous solid pieces of metal, without any seams, they don’t accumulate as much debris as sectional gutters do. This has three super benefits.
First, the possibility of any leaks is minimised. Although leaks are still possible around downspouts, corners and end caps if these are not fitted properly or are damaged by age, these one-piece seamless gutters are far less prone to leaking than their sectional gutter counterparts.
Secondly, the need for regular cleaning and ongoing maintenance is reduced. Property owners who must regularly undertake the time-consuming, repetitive and often dangerous task of cleaning gutters – or who are paying professional companies to clean the gutters – will appreciate the value of reduce cleaning and maintenance.
Thirdly, seamless gutters will last longer.
In addition, seamless gutters are generally stronger than traditional gutters, making them the perfect choice for properties on which gutters become clogged often and are not cleaned immediately.
Furthermore, because seamless gutters are custom-made for each unique building, you can be assured of a perfect fit. This not only ensures the gutter perform well, but also looks beautiful with its smooth, seamless appearance that complements the roof lines of any building.
Because of all these benefits, investing in seamless gutters will provide your buildings with superior protection against water damage and can also increase the overall value of your property.
Are seamless gutters the right choice for you?
Whether or not seamless gutters are the right choice for your specific needs will depend on a number of factors.
Traditional, seamed and sectioned gutters are simpler and cheaper but will definitely need more maintenance. Because these sectioned gutters are highly configurable and have many joints, they are easy to install, even for do-it-yourself installations, but they are also far more prone to developing leaks.
Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are the smart choice for property owners who prefer less cleaning and less maintenance, are willing to invest in seamless gutters that will last longer and provide better protection, while also enhancing the visual appeal of their buildings. Although seamless gutters are more expensive than traditional gutters, the many benefits seamless gutters offer can outweigh the increased cost. Certainly, in cases where property owners are paying professionals to clean the gutters regularly, seamless gutters will pay for itself in savings on cleaning and maintenance in a short time.
Also keep in mind that the cost of a seamless gutter installation will depend on many different factors, including the material used to make the gutters, the location and size of the building, the pitch and slope of the roof, and other external considerations, such whether there are old gutters to be removed, if the existing fascia’s must be repaired or replaced, what material the new gutters are made of, how wide the new gutters must be, and how many corners the building has, and whether installation is on the ground level or a higher level. A professional gutter contractor specialising in seamless guttering will be able to provide an accurate estimate that takes all of these variables into account, in addition to your unique requirements and the unique features of your building.
Bear in mind too that seamless gutters do not lend itself to do-it-yourself or DIY installations – installing seamless gutters requires the services of an experienced contractor.
To make the final decision about whether to install seamless gutters, get a professional opinion from an experienced seamless gutter contractor, who will be able to provide an expert opinion of whether seamless gutters are the best option for your unique building. When selecting a gutter contractor, remember to check that they are correctly certified and to ask for references.
At One Gutters, we have 10 years of experience in the field of installing seamless gutters and we will gladly assist you in making the right decision about whether seamless gutters are the best choice for your building.
Simply click here or phone us on 021 940 7270 for free and friendly, no obligation assistance in making an informed decision about installing seamless gutters at your building and benefiting from all the benefits seamless gutters deliver.