What You Should Know About Using Seamless Gutters for Your Home

Posted on: 12 June 2018

Has the time finally come to replace your home's gutters? If so, you may be looking to switch to seamless gutters to eliminate the problems that the old ones had. Here are some things to know about using seamless gutters.

Seamless Gutters Still Have Seams

Don't be misled by the name since seamless gutters still have seams in them. The catch is that there will just be fewer seams along the gutters. The continuous piece of gutter that extends across each side of the home will be seamless. However, there are a few seams in places where your gutter makes a turn and where the downspout connects to the gutters. You should still check these parts of the gutter system for leaks since they are the only place where it can happen. While seamless gutters will have fewer problems with water leaking through them, just know that it can happen.

Seamless Gutters Should Be Professionally Installed

If you installed your last set of gutters, you may think that you can get by with installing seamless gutters on your own. This is a job that should be done by a professional due to how the sections of gutters needs to be cut. Having a continuous piece of gutter material means that you need to somehow get that material to your home in one piece. This may be a logistical nightmare if you don't have the proper vehicle to transport it in.

Seamless Gutters Have an Enamel Coating

When you purchase your seamless gutters, you'll need to decide on a color beforehand, which is baked directly onto the material as an enamel coat. The paint won't flake off over the years and require repainting the gutters, but it is possible for the coating to chip off the surface. Make sure you know what kind of warranty comes with the gutters and if the coating is covered.

Seamless Gutters Won't Prevent Ice Dam Damage

If your home has poor installation, know that new gutters will still be susceptible to the damage that they can cause in the winter. Ice dams can easily put excessive amounts of weight on gutters, causing them to become damaged. If you're getting new seamless gutters, it is worth adding more insulation to your roof to prevent ice dams from happening.

Feel like you're ready to make the switch to seamless gutters? Contact a local professional gutter service company with help purchasing and installing them.