Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Seamless Gutters

Gutters, sometimes called eavestroughs, help divert water from your roof and away from your foundation, extending the life of the structure. They come in many shapes, sizes, and materials including seamless gutters

What are seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters are exactly as the name suggests — gutters without seams. Traditionally, gutters were made up of multiple sections of material joined together to extend the length of the home. Seamless gutters, on the other hand, are formed onsite from one continuous piece of metal. This helps reduce breakage and prevent leaks.

What are the benefits of seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters have many benefits over their sectional cousins. Not only does one continuous piece of gutter provide a gutter with fewer points at which to fail, but the lack of joints allows debris to flow freely and is aesthetically more pleasing.

Are seamless gutters maintenance-free?

While seamless gutters are often made from low-maintenance materials like aluminum and vinyl, they are not completely maintenance-free. Your home's gutters need to be inspected annually for any storm-related damage, cracks, or broken elements. They also need to be cleaned regularly to remove any debris from their interior and to maintain a free flow of water through the system. 

How often should seamless gutters be cleaned? 

How often your gutters should be cleaned depends on what part of the country you live in and how many trees are in the general vicinity of your home. For most homes, gutters should be cleaned and inspected every spring and fall. It is important to note that there is much more than leaves that can wind up in your gutters, including:

  • Trees. Believe it or not, trees will often grow in neglected seamless gutters. Acorns, helicopter seeds, and pine cones can all sprout if left alone in your gutters long enough.
  • Dead rodents. Unfortunately, mice and other small rodents can die and wind up in your gutters. They are drawn to the dampness. Cleaning them out can be a disgusting but necessary task.
  • Wasp's nests. While everyone is concerned about the future of pollinators, there is no love lost between people and wasps. If you find a nest in or near your gutters, take proper precautions in removing it completely to prevent the wasps' return.
  • Bird's nest. Finding a bird's nest is a completely different problem and needs professional advice. While birds are considerably less dangerous than wasps, there may be rules in your area regarding nest removal and timing. Check with your local animal shelter or agricultural extension center. 

It goes without saying that you should always wear gloves when cleaning your gutters.

Seamless gutters will protect your home while looking good. If you need seamless gutter installation, talk to your local gutter professionals today.