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Spiked gutter system vs. hidden hanger system

People often ask us how to know if they need new gutters, and we’ve found that chances are, if your home currently has a spiked gutter system, this means they are likely at least 1Read more

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How much are seamless gutters? Seamless gutter jobs can range anywhere from $500-$2500 depending on the size of the gutter and price of labor. These prices also vary by territory.Read more

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Seamless Gutters

Seamless Gutters

What are seamless gutters? Seamless gutters are rain gutters created on-site with a gutter machine mounted to a service truck. The simple answer to the question what are seamless gutters, is they have no seams, and are custom measured and installed on-site in one continuous run.

Most gutter contractors offer seamless aluminum gutters in the standard k-style. The Brothers that just do Gutters offer seamless gutters in various materials including copper, aluminum, and galvalume, as well as the half-round style and k-style.

Seamless Gutters Vs Regular Gutters

Often referred to as “regular gutters,” sectional gutters differ from seamless gutters. So what are the main differences between seamless gutters vs. regular gutters?

  • Installation
  • Cost
  • Security And Strength
  • Repair Ability

When it comes to seamless gutters vs. regular gutters, the biggest difference is installation. Seamless gutters are formed by rolling a metal sheet through a gutter forming machine on-site. The gutter is then secured to the side of the home in a continuous run.

Sectional gutters are much more difficult to install and it is impossible to make them seamless. Sectional gutters, such as Vinyl or plastic, are not available as a seamless gutter since vinyl and plastic cannot be roll formed. When sectional gutters are installed, they must be joined together with miters to form the gutter run. The joints are then sealed using a sealing agent, such as caulk.

Installing A Seamless Gutter System

Installing a seamless gutter system can add a cost saving benefit to your gutter job and save on maintenance of the system. Because they are measured for the home they are being installed on, there is less waste of gutter material.

It is also quicker to install a seamless gutter than it is to install a sectional gutter system. As a sectional gutter system is installed, each section must be mitered and sealed together. This additional work takes more time to install. Seamless gutters are typically easier to pitch since the entire gutter system is installed all at once and is more flexible.

Security And Strengths Of A Seamless Gutter System

Seamless gutters are typically stronger than regular gutters simply because they do not have miters joining pieces together. The more seams a gutter system has, the more chances of leaking. Sectional gutters are typically sold in lighter materials too, since most homeowners use them as DIY repairs.

Not all sectional gutters are aluminum, vinyl or plastic. Copper half-round is sometimes installed in sections. In the case of special materials like copper, there are no miters or special hangers used. The seams are soldered together, strengthening the system and adding more ability to prevent leaks at the seams.

Repair Ability Of Seamless Gutters

Repairing seamless gutters is a lot more difficult since the entire gutter system will typically get destroyed in the process of repair. However, if the gutter system simply comes off the house, often it can be saved. Sectional gutters are much easier to repair since they are already in sections.

Cost Comparison

It seems reasonable to assume purchasing sectional gutters would be less expensive. No custom machine is needed to make the gutters and often times, a sectional gutter is done as a DIY project. However, it is nearly identical in cost to do a sectional gutter simply because of all the extra pieces, caulking, and tools needing to be purchased.

Size Of Seamless Aluminum Gutters

A 5-inch seamless aluminum gutter is considered standard, however oversized 6-inch seamless gutters are also an option that is becoming increasingly more popular. Seamless aluminum gutters come in even larger sizes typically considered industrial or commercial gutters.

The difference between 5 inch and 6 inch gutters is their size, and capacity of water they can hold. In cases where you experience heavy rainfall and/or rain water runoff is overflowing your gutter system, a 6” oversized seamless gutter system may be best. Aside from climate, roof line, surface area, and pitch are also important factors in determining if you should have a standard or oversized gutter system installed. Standard seamless gutters and oversized seamless gutters can also be interchanged within the same gutter job.

Here are some ways that you can determine whether you will need standard 5” gutters or the 6” oversized gutters. If you are not sure whether you need new gutters, or a just simple repair to your current gutter system please visit the Warning Signs portion of our website.

Overview of Seamless Gutters

Basic 5” Standard Seamless Gutter Qualifications:

  • All gutter lengths under 40’ with at least 1 downspout
  • Gutters over 40’ in length should have 2 downspouts
  • Gutters do not overflow on regular or normal rains
  • No upper roofs gutters should be draining into lower 5″ gutters

Basic 6” Oversized Seamless Gutter Qualifications

  • Gutter lengths over 40’ that cannot have 2 downspouts
  • Lower gutters that have upper gutters draining into them
  • Long runs over 60’
  • Rooflines with tremendous amounts of water concentrating to a small portion of gutter.
  • Inside valleys where the water is flowing at great speed, and typically overflows during heavy rains.

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