Unless you have a really steep-sloping roof and a yard with a fairly steep grade, you need gutters. They control roof drainage and help keep that water where it belongs: outside your home. If your gutters have seen better days, consider replacing them with the seamless variety. These gutters are not your average DIY project because special equipment is involved, but they do last longer and are less prone to leakage. The following is a brief outline of how they are made and how they can increase your home's curb appeal.
The Seamless Gutter Machine
Your contractor will custom make your seamless gutters on site using a special machine. After measurements are taken, a coil of gutter material, typically aluminum or copper, is fed through the device. A series of rollers and brakes form the stock metal into the gutter. The rollers make slight bends in the metal, while the brakes actually fold the metal, forming the creases you see on your typical gutters.
Basics of Seamless Gutter Creation
Once the length of gutter is formed, end caps are attached and the holes for the downspouts are cut. Once the gutters are installed, the downspouts are attached. The only seams will be at corners of your home. To minimize leakage, a prefabricated miter is used to turn the corner. A miter is formed by cutting a piece of gutter and joining the two ends to create the angle.
Most home corners have a 90 degree angle. If you have a vintage home, however, your corners may vary. For example, if you have a bay window with several panes that sort of fan out, you will need custom-fit miters. Your contractor can build miters to fit any corner.
Offers Great Curb Appeal
Seamless gutters offer nice, flawless lines along the exterior walls of your home. Sectional gutters, especially if two or more sections have been used to cover a large expanse of roof line, can shift, giving the roof edge a "dimpled" look. As they age and start to leak, sectional gutters may develop hard water stains or even rust at the seams. Both types of gutters can be painted, so you can touch up the stains. But, you'll be up on that ladder more frequently with the traditional gutters. The mitered corners and the downspout attachments on the seamless gutters can be easily checked when they are cleaned of leaves and other debris.
For help with your seamless gutters, contact a roofing contractor, like K&R Roofing and Gutters.