How do seamless gutters work? With a gutter machine fitted to a service truck, we construct these rain gutters on the spot. They don’t have seams, is the simple answer to the question. They are fitted on-site in a single continuous run after receiving custom specifications.
The Brothers that just do Gutters offer copper, aluminum, and galvalume seamless gutter installation as well. They are also available in half-round and k-style.
Sectional gutters are what we mean when we talk about DIY gutters. You need a professional-grade gutter machine to create seamless gutters. Sectional (DIY) gutters made by the homeowner feature seams and are installed in sections.
There are several significant distinctions between seamless gutters and DIY gutters in these four key categories:
The installation is where you will see the biggest difference. When seamless gutters are installed, a metal sheet is rolled through a gutter-forming equipment to create the gutters on the spot. Then the installer runs a continuous row of bolts to fasten it to the side of the house.
Installing DIY sectional gutters is substantially more time- and labor-intensive. Vinyl or plastic are the most popular materials for sectional gutters. Since these materials can’t be formed into rolls, they can’t be used to create seamless gutters. Installing a sectional gutter system takes substantially longer since each component needs to be mitered and sealed together.
Due to the lack of miters connecting the sections, this form of gutter is often stronger and more dependable than a DIY gutter. The likelihood of leaks increases with the number of seams in a gutter system. Due to the materials used, DIY sectional gutters are also less durable and more prone to damage.
Repairing a seamless system is more difficult since the entire system will typically be in need of a replacement. This tends to happen in the process of repair. However, in the event the gutter system comes off the house, a repair can address this issue.
You might suppose that the price of sectional gutters is lower than that of seamless gutters. However, due to all the additional materials, caulking, and tools required to finish a sectional gutter installation, the cost is actually very similar. Sectional gutter installations are also less likely to last as long because they may be less durable and are frequently DIY projects. Future expenses could rise as a result of this.
5-inch seamless metal gutters are still some of the most common in many regions of the country, although 6-inch and 7-inch gutters are starting to gain popularity, as well. Even larger versions of seamless aluminum gutters are also available; these gutters are often of an industrial or commercial design.
The dimensions of gutters that are 5 inches, 6 inches, and 7 inches apart provide differences in the amount of water they can hold. A 6″ or 7″ gutter system may be the ideal option for your property if you frequently encounter severe rains and/or runoff is consistently overshooting your gutter system.
The roofline, surface area, and pitch of your roof are crucial considerations when deciding whether to install a 5-inch, 6-inch, or 7-inch gutter system, in addition to the climate. For portions of your home that require additional capacity, it may also be cost-effective to switch between two different sizes of gutter inside the same gutter system.
If you are in need of a gutter installation in the Grand Rapids, MI area, give The Brothers that just do Gutters a call! We can provide you with a free quote, but most importantly, the peace of mind knowing our experts are here to help you protect your home.