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Aluminum Gutters

Every home needs quality gutters and downspouts.  Without an effective gutter system, it is nearly impossible to drain the water off of your roof without it being dumped out next to your home’s foundation.  This water flow can actually cause a great deal of damage to your landscaping, patios, decks, and even the exterior siding of your home. It can even lead to erosion, and flooding of the basement floor of your home.  

Aside from serving a useful purpose, gutters also need to look nice.  They are located on the outside of your home, and they are typically one of the first things that people notice about your home.  If you have a really nice home, but have sagging gutters, it can really take away from the aesthetics of your home. Generally, people will have new gutters put in as needed, or when they replace their roof.  

 

The Purpose of a Functional Gutter System

Your gutter system is used to collect the rain water from your roof and help to push it away from your house.  If you have gutters and downspouts that have been properly installed and maintained, then you will find that the drainage system in your home works pretty well.  If it is faulty, however, then you can have issues with your roof, your foundation, and flooding may even occur. There is really just a plethora of issues that may occur with a faulty system.

Your gutter system will need to be properly maintained.  If you do not check your gutters for debris and clogs, then you can have problems down the road.  Seamless gutters, however, require less maintenance than the other types of gutters on the market.  They do not get clogged as much, and they also do not have the tendency to sag since they are a single piece of metal.  

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Choosing Seamless Aluminum Gutters

Seamless gutters are probably the best way to go.  They are usually custom cut to fit your home. This means that there are not any seams anywhere, so there is less likelihood for them to leak over time.  Seamless gutters are made with the technology of a gutter machine. A flat sheet of aluminum is fed into the machine, and is then produced and molded into a finished gutter.  The most popular style of aluminum gutter is the K style, which resembles a K shape.

Continuous gutters actually make 75% of the gutters that are installed throughout the United States.  They are popular because they have no seams that seem to be an eyesore and promote leaks. They also have an enamel finish that has been baked on, so you don’t have to paint them down the road.  This can keep your home and your landscaping protected from excessive amounts of rain.

 

The Installation of Aluminum Gutters

When aluminum gutters are installed, they are first shaped into a gutter shape.  The K style gutter starts out flat, and is then formed into a K shape. This allows you to get a seamless gutter for any length necessary.  Once the gutters have been cut, they will then be crimped and sealed to ensure a water tight seal. Cross brackets are then put into place, to help give the gutters more stiffness and hold them in place.  These brackets are also used to help hold the gutters where they need to be. Finally, a downspout will be put into place in order to drive the water down and away from the home.

These gutters are often times produced on site, to ensure that they are fitted properly.  They are then fitted to your home based on precise measurements that have been made by the professionals.  This will help to ensure a perfect fit. The standard aluminum gutters are made from .027 gauge aluminum, which is heavy duty and able to withstand the test of time.

With this in mind, it is easy to see that your gutters need to be installed professionally.  New gutters is not really a do it yourself project. Aluminum gutters require special equipment, and they also require an accurate and precise fitting.  This is best done by someone that has some expertise in the industry. Sure, it may cost a bit more for professional installation, but it will be worth it in the long run to have an effective drainage system.  

To get more information about seamless aluminum gutters, contact a professional in your area.  They will be able to discuss the project with you, and then give you an accurate estimate of how much it will cost to do the entire project.  

Why You Should Consider Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are one of the most popular choices available.  There are a variety of reasons why homeowners choose to go with seamless aluminum gutters over some of the other types that you see in the gutter industry.  Here are some of those advantages.

First, aluminum gutters have a durable finish that is applied in the factory.  This finish can be found in a lot of different colors, so that you can match them to your roof or the exterior of your home.  The finish is really pretty durable, so you will not have to worry about it wearing off. If it ever gets scratched, you can use touch up paint to make it look like new.  

Aluminum is also not known to rust or corrode, which means that it is pretty maintenance free.  You won’t have to worry about it rusting out and causing leaks down the road. Aside from it being really tough and durable, aluminum gutters are also really easy to install.  The installation is pretty fast and efficient. They are also really affordable, considering other options that are on the market.

Finally, consider the fact that aluminum gutters will make your home look great.  They are definitely better looking that some of the other segmented gutters you find on the market.  This is bound to add value to your home. This is really great news is you are thinking about selling in the near future.  It can be a great update that will make your home have a higher sale value. This can be a wise investment, and can also make the home more appealing visually.  This can be a good selling point as well.

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Comparing Aluminum Gutters to Other Gutters

If you are thinking about getting seamless aluminum gutters over sectional gutters, then you are going in the right direction.  Sectional gutters tend to get weak spots over time, and this can cause them to leak, or even come apart at the seams. They may also sag, and this can lead to improper water drainage.  Without proper drainage, there may be damage done to your hoe. This can lead to foundation issues and other problems with your infrastructure.

Seamless gutters do not have this problem.  They give you that peace of mind that you just cannot get from sectioned gutters. Seamless gutters are also not really that expensive, in comparison to other options.  They can be just as effective as copper gutters, and can even provide a better visual appeal. This is something to keep in mind as you shop around for your new gutters.  

 

Protecting Your New Gutters

If you do decide to make an investment and get new gutters, then you will want to protect them.  There are a lot of great gutter protection products available for you to consider. Getting gutter guards for your new gutters can not only keep the gutters themselves protected, but it can also prevent clogs and make it less likely for you to need to have your gutters professionally cleaned.  Gutters tend to require a lot of upkeep, but with gutter guards you can cut your maintenance in half. This is great for those that just do not have the time to climb up and clean out their gutters regularly.

Even if you have gutter guards, you may still have to clean the gutters out from time to time.  The truth is, there is really nothing that you can do that will guarantee that your gutters do not get clogged.  It is recommended that you take a look at the gutters and ensure that they are able to flow freely. Take a look at them at least once a year or so.  Even protected gutters get stopped up by bird nests and other debris if you are not careful.

Getting a Free Quote

If you have decided that seamless aluminum gutters are right for your home, then you will want to have a professional come out and give you a free estimate.  Contact a trusted expert in your area. Make a list of any questions that you may have, and be sure to let them know exactly what you are looking for. They will be able to help you choose the best gutters and downspouts for your home.  They will also give you an accurate estimate as to how much the project will cost you, including the parts and the labor.

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