Updated on December 2, 2021
Advantages and Disadvantages of Seamless Gutter Protection Systems
Seamless gutters are ideal for those who live in climates that change rapidly. If your area experiences extreme cold, rainfall, or snow, seamless gutters are a great option for protection from damage due to these types of weather events. With a seamless system, you don’t have to worry about running out of water to clean them because they can be left unattended for days at a time. Another benefit to seamless gutters is their longevity, which can last 20 years or more. It is best that it’s installed by professional roofers for a perfect installation!
However, many homeowners still prefer the look of vinyl gutter covers because of the cheaper initial cost. Vinyl gutters are made of vinyl plastic that requires very little maintenance and won’t chip like steel gutters. If you purchase a vinyl gutter cover, you must remember that they come in all colors, and vinyl covers can also be custom painted to match your home’s exterior paint. Installing these gutter covers on your own can be an expensive DIY project.
Seamless gutters have very few seams, which makes them more difficult to install than traditional gutters. This is one of the main reasons they are more expensive than traditional gutters. When a seam is present, it can be opened up and reseated with no additional expense. With traditional gutters, you need to cut out a hole in the center of the gutters and then add a steel reinforcement rod. Because of the seams, these repairs can be costly.
If you do decide to use seamless or continuous gutters, there are still reasons why you may want to hire a professional to install them. The primary reason would be the risk of leaking or damage to the roof or home. If you don’t install continuous gutters correctly, you could find yourself with unsightly holes in your roof. If the leaks are in the valleys between the eaves and the roof, the valleys may never be cleaned out. You could also have problems with your downspouts. These are places where water could get stuck, causing them to overflow and causing a mess on the roof.
Another reason to hire a professional to install seamless gutters is the cost of labor. If you buy these panels independently, they could take hours to install, which means you’ll have to spend several days to weeks before they are finished. If you choose to buy them from the manufacturer, they may give you a sheet of paper with the price of the labor in it. It may be beneficial to add in two to three more hours of labor costs because you’ll have to move the panels around, adjust their pitch, and do any framing before they’re installed properly.
Even if you purchase the seamless gutters yourself, you may find that it’s a lot harder than you thought. One of the most important things to remember during the installation process is that you will have to deal with the vertical joints. The vertical joints will have to be supported by four to six lumber beams that have been nailed into place at each corner. For this reason, it may be a good idea to hire an experienced carpenter to complete the job. A professional who has completed several roofing jobs should know how to provide support for the vertical joints quickly without a problem.
Is it worth paying the extra money to have seamless gutters installed? While no one can answer that question in a blanket answer, most experts will tell you that installing gutter protection systems is less costly than purchasing traditional gutters or even premium colors. Of course, the actual savings may vary depending on the amount of work you have to do and the complexity of the installation. Most people agree that having seamless gutters installed is significantly less time-consuming and frustrating than doing traditional guttering. With less work and frustration involved, homeowners can often save several thousand dollars on installation alone.
The pros and cons of both regular gutters and seamless gutters are pretty much the same once you get them installed. It will really come down to what the homeowner is comfortable with and how much money they’re willing to spend. For example, seamless gutters are available in a wide range of colors, so you may want to choose one of these to match your home’s decor.