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Differences Between Rain Gutter Types

Installing Gutters

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Not all gutters are the same. In fact, the type you get will dictate how much maintenance you do on your gutters throughout the season. There’s a big difference between various gutter materials and options, and knowing which ones are best for you is key. When looking for rain gutters, you should know the differences between all the options on the market. Let’s take a look at some of those differences.

Seamless Gutters vs. Seamed Gutters

When it comes to quality, seamless gutters take the cake. When you choose seamless gutters by LeafGuard, you’re getting a product that has been molded from one piece of aluminum that’s 20 percent thicker than seamed gutters from other vendors, which tend to be quite thin and are less reliable. They’re also installed by a team of certified installation experts who can properly secure your gutters to the home for durability season after season. LeafGuard gutters are comprised of a one-piece system with a built-in hood that covers the gutter bottom and deflects leaves and other debris. Thanks to a unique, seamless design, there are many advantages to this system:

• No need to clean gutters
• Highly durable with a custom fit
• 20 percent thicker aluminum
• Rust-proof design
• Patented covered gutter system

Seamed gutters, by contrast, tend to leak at the seams. This can lead to inefficient water run off, which can lead to pooling at foundations, soil erosion, clogs, and damage to the gutters themselves as they dent or pull away from the home due to stress. If you opt to put screens or covers on your existing gutters, you could actually be creating more work for yourself. This is because small particles can still make it through the screen, causing blockages. To clean those blockages out, you have to remove the screen which compounds the work you face. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, only have seams at the inside and outside corners, ensuring more efficient water flow with no leakage.

Materials

Different homes feature different gutter materials. Many gutters today are crafted from aluminum, which means:

• They don’t rust
• They’re highly versatile
• They can withstand all types of weather
• They’re easy to paint
• They take various shapes very well

Galvanized steel was the gutter material of choice up until the 1960s. Steel was quite durable, but installation was extremely tedious because joints needed to be soldered and they didn’t take paint very well, says Ask the Builder. Vinyl gutters are also a possibility but they’re not as strong as aluminum and therefore aren’t as long-lasting. You can also get specialty copper gutters but this is an expensive option not many homeowners go with unless the style of the home demands it.

LeafGuard of SE Wisconsin is here to help you with expert advice on the best type of gutter system for your home. Feel free to contact us with simple questions or project inquiries.

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