What are Seamless Gutters?
Seamless gutters are quickly becoming the most recognized and popular type of gutters being installed on homes across the nation and in Minnesota. In fact, about 75 percent of all new guttering installed throughout the United States is seamless guttering. Also known as “continuous gutters” because they are one long piece instead of several connected pieces, seamless gutters have a more finished and professional appearance than traditional gutter systems that you still see on most homes. Most gutters with seams only have a span of about 10 feet without a connection. The span could be even shorter depending on the layout of your roof and your home’s perimeter. This means traditional homes could have several connections just along one side of the roof.
With traditional Minnesota gutters, the connections and joints are necessary. These gutters are for do-it-yourselfers who can pick up several pieces at your local home improvement store in short spans. The connections often have a sealant or a fold that holds the pieces together, but these gutters are less durable and weaker at each joint. When considering the weather in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota, traditional gutters simply do not provide the strength and dependability that seamless gutters can offer.
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Benefits of Seamless Gutters
One of the main and most important benefits of seamless guttering is that it helps prevent leaks. Traditional gutters with joints have more of a tendency to leak at the joints and seals over time. Weight from the rain and snow can also weaken the joints and cause leaks. Over time, gutter leaks can cause damage to your home’s siding, foundation and landscaping. The leaks can also cause puddles of water to accumulate exactly where you don’t want them – on your patio, along the sidewalk and other places where you walk.
Seamless gutters, on the other hand, do not have this problem. These gutters are made from one continuous piece of guttering customized to fit the length of your home. As a result, there are no joints or connections that can weaken and start to leak. When installed professionally, seamless gutters reduce the chance of water leaking around you home and causing inconvenient puddles or major damages.