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Your roof has many parts, and one of the most important features is often overlooked: gutters. Water can destroy any material, especially materials on the exterior of your home, like siding. For this reason, you need to ensure your gutters are always in good, working condition. If your gutters have been giving you problems, keep reading to learn more about seamless gutters.
In most cases, seamless gutters are made from aluminum with a baked-on finish. Other homeowners choose copper or factor-painted steal. Copper is another option, and it provides a unique, stylish appearance to the house, especially as the copper changes as it ages. Few homeowners prefer the look and benefits of steel. All three options, however, withstand rusting well, making them great for gutters.
Instead of being pre-fabricated and then installed like traditional gutters, the materials used to craft seamless gutters are brought to you home and then pushed through an extrusion machine. This machine can make the gutter as long as needed, so you won’t have to deal with seams where lengths of gutter are sealed together.
The cost of your gutters depends on the material you use. Coated steel is cheapest option, costing around six to ten dollars per linear foot. This includes all the materials (gutters, downspouts, etc.) and labor. Aluminum is another cheaper option, costing around seven to thirteen dollars per linear foot, including materials and labor.
Finally, for homeowners who want a more luxurious option, copper is the most expensive choice, costing around twenty to thirty dollars per linear foot for materials and installation. The price may increase, regardless of material, if old gutters need to be removed or repairs need to be made before new gutters can be hung.
Because they are made at your house for your house, seamless gutters are always a perfect fit, which can lead to fewer problems in the future, such as leaks. Similarly, since seams are absent, leaks are less common.
Seams can become weak, especially if the system hasn't been well-maintained, which leads to more and more leaks. Leaking gutters don't just create a mess, they can ruin your roof, siding, foundation, landscaping and much more. As an added insult, lots of standing water attracts pests.
Plus, standing water can increase the risk of slips. Water alone can be slippery, but water can also freeze into ice or promote the growth of slippery moss on walkways. If someone does slip while on your property, they may be able to sue, especially if they can prove you've been neglecting your gutters.
Seamless gutters tend to need a little less maintenance than traditional gutters. They don't need cleaning as often because the single, seamless gutter allows for a smoother ride toward the downspout. Regardless of which type of gutters you chose, however, all gutters need regular cleaning to remove debris.
This is especially important during snow or rain as the debris will stop water from draining properly, which causes overflows. Seamless gutters are durable, but you may need to occasionally clean them to remove dirt, which can affect the aesthetics of your curb appeal.
Your home needs gutters to prevent water damage to many parts, including the roof and foundation. Seamless gutters have many benefits because they don't have the same seams that traditional gutters do. As a result, they are more durable and require less maintenance. If you would like to know more about seamless gutters, contact us HF General Contractor Inc. today.
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