Gutter is a narrow trough or duct which collects rainwater from the roof of a building and diverts it away from the structure, typically into a drain.The gutters on any home are absolutely integral to keeping everything safe, dry and in proper working order. The benefits of gutter are:
- Safeguard your Expensive Landscape. If you have unguttered roof, the plants, flowers, mulch and soil situated under the drip line of the roof can suffer from the water runoff. This runoff can result in a watering condition that could permit harmful fungus to develop as well as attracts the ants, roaches and termites.
- Keep Away from Staining of Masonry and Siding. Rainwater releasing off an unguttered roof will hit the ground with ample force to cause a splash back. Within the splash back are dirt, grass and minerals that end up on the exterior of your home. Over a short period of time, a stain appears that can be difficult to remove or hide.
- Avoid Foundation Problem. The expansion and contraction of the soil that surrounds your home is the number one reason for slab failure. After a period of rainy weather, the soil around the perimeter of your home expands as it becomes saturated with moisture. A dry, hot summer following the rain can cause the soil around your foundation to contract and pull away. As this cycle repeats, support to the foundation can be compromised leading to cracked masonry as well as sticking doors and windows. A properly designed and installed gutter system helps keep the soil surrounding your home at a consistent moisture level by directing roof run off safely away from your house.
There are different types of gutter. One of the types is seamless gutter. Seamless gutter means there are no joints to leak.Seamless gutters are a marketing term used to describe a specific method of rain gutter installation. These gutters have less seams and probable leakage points than other rain gutters, as they are formed from one continuous roll. Traditional gutters use aluminum pieces, which are attached on site and have visible seams. Now the benefits of seamless gutter are:
- With no seams except at the corners you can be sure that there will be no leaks.
- Seamless guttering provides a more uniform appearance.
- With continuous gutters, the number of seams is drastically reduced, and the few that remain (downspout outlets and gutter corners) are securely fastened in place and sealed with a high-quality water sealant to minimize the possibility of leaks.
- Minimize the amount of maintenance you need to perform every season. Routine cleaning is still required, but the time spent on your ladder will be greatly reduced by not having to reapply caulk to all the seams along the sectional gutter runs in addition to cleaning them.
- Help to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home’s exterior.
- Seamless systems also replace inefficient and unsightly spike and ferrule hangers to instead use several hidden brackets. The brackets attach to the roof, under the shingles, to provide superior strength and offer a very clean look.
- Formed on the job for exact measurements
- Seamless guttering offers a smooth look from end to end and many installers use stronger brackets to attach the gutters, making the entire system more durable.
Although they’re called “seamless,” this type of gutter does, in fact, have a few seams — it’s just that there are no horizontal joints. Most of the roofing contractors are likely to recommend seamless gutter.