Installing a new gutter system on your home can seem like a daunting task; from picking out the right system to the installation process, it is a lot. You have a lot of choices when it comes to the types of gutters and a lot of it comes down to personal aesthetics and cost, but seamless gutters do offer some benefits that the others don’t.
The most common gutters are:
- Aluminum Gutters
- Stainless Steel Gutters
Aluminum gutters are made in a variety of colors to match the style of your home. Another popular type of gutter is the seamless model, which basically means that instead of coming in sections of gutters that are joined together, the seamless version is made from one single piece of metal and installed as one single piece. Aluminum, Copper and Steel gutters all come in seamless gutters.
Here are 5 benefits of seamless gutters:
1. Not As much Maintenance Needed
Because there are no gaps in the gutter, you won’t have to worry about as much debris with seamless gutters as you do with the sectional versions. This translates to less clogs and the need for less cleaning. Think how much more of your weekends you will regain with less of this chore to do.
2. More Options Available
When you go with seamless gutters, you have more options in materials and colors which will allow you to pick what best goes with the aesthetic of your home.
3. Easier to Install
One of the most time-consuming parts of installing new gutters is measuring and cutting them to size and fitting them all together. With seamless gutters, however, they are made to fit the dimensions of your roof and there is no puzzle pieces to fit together making it a seamless installation.
4. Overall Less Costly
Initially seamless gutters will cost you a little more than the traditional sectional systems, but when you realize how much you will save on maintenance and repair over the years, overall you will be shelling out less money. Remember the less you have to repair or replace parts of the gutter system translates to less money out of your wallet.
5. More Aesthetically Pleasing
The look of seamless gutters is also more appealing Without the gaps between the gutters and the very obvious fasteners attaching all the sections, your gutters will have a more streamlined sophisticated look. If you are going for a certain style for the look of the outside of your home, then seamless gutters is the way to go.
When Is It Time to Replace Your Old Gutters?
If you are having a lot of trouble with leaks and water damage to your home then it is a sign that you should replace your old gutters. If you have mold and a lot of peeling paint on your home than that could also be from leaky gutters. Pay attention to clogged and saggy gutters too. If you are having a lot of these problems, then it is a sign that you should replace your old gutters with something new.
How to Maintain Your Rain Gutters
Besides making sure you have a good quality system, the other key to no hassle house gutters is to maintain them properly. For them to work properly, you need to keep the gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and debris and this takes regular maintenance. Either you have to climb the ladder and do it yourself or you need to hire a professional gutter cleaning company to do it for you. The rule of thumb is to clean your gutters at least twice a year, but more if you have a lot of trees hanging over your house or you live in an area that experiences a lot of storms.
If you have any concerns about safely climbing up and down the ladder, then your safest bet is to hire a professional cleaning company. If you are going to do it yourself, make sure you have a sturdy ladder and never ever stand on the top two rungs.
Ways to clean your gutters:
Make sure you have a good, sturdy, extendable ladder. Always place the ladder on a sturdy surface (beware of landscaping rocks below which can shift). You can use a ladder stabilizer for safety and to help prevent damage to the gutters. Also, it’s best to have a helper in case you drop something or need a hand with the ladder.
- Dress for the job. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, work pants and rubber gloves. Cleaning gutters is a dirty job.
- To remove the gunk from the gutters, use a small plastic scoop. Gutter scoops are available at the hardware store, or a child’s sandbox shovel also works just fine. If you have an old plastic kitchen spatula, that works too, and it won’t damage the gutters.
Spread a tarp underneath your workspace to collect all the gutter gunk and protect your lawn and landscaping.
Once you’ve removed the debris from the gutters, use a garden hose to flush the gutters and downspouts and clear out any remaining debris. This will also show you if you have any leaks. If you need to replace them, learn more about what it takes to install new gutters
Once the gutters are clear, repair any sagging metal. You can do this by mounting a gutter hanger.
Once you get the hang of it, gutter cleaning isn’t that bad, and you’ll feel great when it’s done! Now that you know how to clean out gutters, be sure to add it to your to-do list at least once a year.
Besides focusing on what is just in the gutters, also make sure to use the leaf blower to blow any leaves or debris off the roof itself so it doesn’t all end up in the gutters the next time it rains.
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