Although gutters can come in a variety of materials, there are really only two options when it comes to how they are made. Some gutters have seams and some don’t. In general, seamless gutters tend to cost more because they require a different manufacturing and installation process. This begs the question of whether the additional cost is worth it. There are many advantages to upgrading from seamed gutters to seamless ones!
What Are Seamless Gutters?
Seamless gutters are just what the name implies: they have no seams or joints where the material is welded together. Traditional seamed gutters come in parts, and when they are installed, those pieces are welded together to form a track that goes around the exterior of your home. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, have no joints because they are made from one piece of material.
Seamless Gutters Present Less Risk for Cracking
The problem that many homeowners have with seamed gutters is that over time, the joints can become weak, and if dirt and debris weigh the gutters down, they can lead to cracking and holes in the seams. Those cracks can become even bigger and result in needing repairs – or in some instances, needing premature replacement. Seamless gutters are more foolproof because they don’t contain joints that can cause overall weakness; therefore, they tend to have a longer life cycle than seamed gutters.
Seamless Gutters Present Less Risk of Rust
Because the joints are pieced together, they are more likely to rust. Rust not only looks unsightly; it can also damage the integrity of the material and lead to cracking and holes. Seamless gutters have less risk of rust, even in the damp and humid conditions that we experience in the South. That means that seamless gutters not only look better as they age; they also last longer!
A Custom Fit is More Aesthetically Pleasing
Although it isn’t all about looks, seamless gutters look better. They are cut to fit your house precisely, so they boost your curb appeal. This is especially true for people whose houses have architectural lines that are difficult to work around with seamed gutters. If you want to increase your equity and curb appeal, seamless gutters are definitely worth the additional cost!
Although not many homeowners give too much thought to their gutters, they should. Gutters are vital to keep your foundation safe and reduce the risk of soil erosion. Since they’re on the exterior of your home, you do want them to look nice. Seamless gutters might be a slightly higher investment upfront, but the benefits in longevity, reduced repair risk, and aesthetic appeal are all worth it! Contact Carolina Gutter Co. today for an estimate to upgrade your gutters today!