Even in the sun-drenched American Southwest, rain will fall during certain times of year. And regardless of how often rain visits your particular region, finding yourself poorly prepared is never enjoyable. The reasons to consider seamless rain gutters have a good deal to do with aesthetics, but functionality is of far greater importance, as anyone who has ever experienced a backed-up gutter will tell you.
In short, make sure your gutter system is intact and free of debris. One of the ways to achieve this is to use a seamless rain gutter, rather than the less common sectional alternative. Below are four reasons to consider seamless rain gutters for your home, regardless of rainfall frequency.
Why You Should Consider Seamless Rain Gutters
Uniformity of Appearance
Quick history lesson: for purposes of manufacturing, transporting, and universal configuring, gutters were once strictly sold in sections. This is perfectly sensible when you consider scaling a gutter operation and rendering the material compatible with homes of all sizes and shapes. A simple sealant connected one section with the next, making the process very practical and configurable with virtually any house design.
The development of seamless gutters was inevitable. This process involves molding a single aluminum unit to whatever dimensions are necessary for a given house’s design, shape, and size. And while this process yields a unit, which is almost entirely devoid of seams, the corners do require a seam for obvious reasons.
A major benefit of the seamless gutter option is one of cosmetics. A typical gutter has several sections held together via visible adhesive. However, a seamless gutter is uniform and un-segmented in its appearance. In terms of providing your home with a crisp exterior look, consulting with a knowledgeable expert on seamless gutters is a clear necessity.
The liabilities with sectional gutters go beyond mere aesthetics. Sectional gutters held together strictly by a sealant are likely to experience leaking as that sealant will give way to the elements at some point. Seams are always prone to being compromised and are only as strong as the sealant material used to bind them. While wear is rarely immediate, it is nevertheless inevitable and needs to be factored into your rain gutter decision-making process.
However, seamless gutters are not vulnerable to the sort of leaks from which their segmented counterparts often suffer. As your experienced roofing expert can explain, seamless gutters consist of a single stretch of aluminum configured specifically for your home. A single stretch of aluminum is not prone to the same leaking potential as a segmented length of sealant-fused gutter.
Eliminate this risk entirely by simply outfitting your home with a seamless rain gutter system. With the exception of the corners, there is essentially no risk of any leaking or of segments disconnecting one from the next. Home dimensions are of no concern, as seamless rain gutters can be suitably shaped for a housing structure of virtually any size and design. Consult with a skilled roofing professional immediately.
We have covered cosmetic considerations and leak risks, but do seams also compromise gutter functionality? The seams formed by fusing one section of a gutter with another necessarily form ridges. Any system intended to allow for the free-flow of water and debris will likely be hindered by numerous sealant or structural ridges.
Ridged formations of sealant and section edges will not impede water. However, the debris that gets caught up on those formations will disrupt the even flow of water within the system. A seamless rain gutter is devoid of any such ridges. This largely eliminates the risk of debris accumulating throughout in the system and impeding water flow. This is perhaps the most important of the reasons to consider seamless rain gutters.
The cleaning of gutters ranks up there with dental work in terms of Americans’ least favorite ways to spend time. By design seamless rain gutters maximize an uninterrupted flow of water throughout the system. They also lend themselves to easy cleaning. Material is less likely to build up within a seamless gutter. This ultimately means that cleanings are necessary far less often than in their sectional counterparts.
There is no question of it: the seamless route is preferable cosmetically, functionally, and practically. Work with a trusted roofing expert in evaluating your home for a rain gutter upgrade.
Making the Switch
Ready to learn more about seamless rain gutters? Connect with our team of specialists at Integ Roof and Gutter Co. today. We look forward to hearing from you and to meeting and exceeding your expectations.