If you are like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your gutters very often. You should. Your roof’s drainage system is critical to promoting the overall health of your roof and home. If you are debating regular gutters vs. seamless gutters for your gutter installation, here are some things you should know about each.
The Advantages of Regular Gutters
Manufacturers of regular gutters design them for piece by piece installation. Because of this, they arguably are easier to install than seamless systems. With ease of installation, of course, regular gutters often are less expensive. Similarly, these systems come apart, making repairs easier.
The Disadvantages of Regular Gutters
While regular gutter systems frequently appear on new and older homes, they do have some drawbacks. First, they are prone to corrosion at the seams. Often leaves collect where gutter pieces come together. If those leaves stay wet, rust can begin to eat away at the gutter system. Similarly, during gutter installation, painters must paint each piece of gutter. If you must replace a piece later, the replacement section will require painting. Often, of course, it will not match since paint fades over time.
The Advantages of Seamless Systems
Seamless gutters have significant advantages over regular gutters precisely because they have no seams. For that reason, they resist rusting, as no individual area is particularly susceptible to rust. Even better, since these systems are complete units instead of individual pieces, they will give your home a trendy look. Finally, these gutter systems do better in colder climates where ice expansion and contraction can tend to destroy regular gutters.
The Disadvantages of Seamless Systems
The biggest drawback of a seamless gutter system is that you probably can’t install it yourself. Fortunately, experts are available to give you a great-looking, long-lasting gutter system.
While both regular gutters and seamless gutters do the same job, they each have benefits and drawbacks. By studying each system before you schedule gutter installation, you will get the best gutters for your home.