Seamless gutters are rain gutters that are cut from a preformed roll of composite metal into a narrow trough, which is attached to the outer edge of the roof to collect water and redirect it away from the building.
The main purpose of seamless gutters is to:
- Protect a building’s foundation by channeling water away from its base
- Reduce erosion, prevents leaks in basements and crawlspaces,
- Protects painted or stained surfaces by reducing exposure to water
- Provides a means to collect rainwater for later use.
Gutters are available in several sizes and shapes and are effective at keeping building areas clear of falling water. The most common seamless gutter system used today is the open gutter, which comes in standard length, and continuous roll-formed seamless gutters, to be installed by a professional Lexington roofing company contractor. During the course of collecting water, open rain gutters trap leaves, acorns, pine needles, and other debris which can cause clogs anywhere in the gutter or somewhere in the downspouts, which are susceptible to fire during dry conditions; and during heavy rains, clogged gutters in the downspouts pipes can cause rainwater to overflow, possibly causing considerable damage to your building, landscaping, and basement. At Lexington Roofing and Siding, we design and incorporate covers for gutters, gutter guards, and screens to keep debris out thereby reducing or eradicate these problems and stretching the life of your gutters.
TYPES, MATERIALS, AND DAMAGES
The basic types of gutters available are:
- K-style gutters: These types of gutters have flat bottoms and backs, with the front side of the gutter usually of decorative shape.
- Half-round gutters: These types of gutters are of half-round tubes and are often found on ancient or historic homes.
Seamless gutters can be made from a variety of materials such as galvanized steel which is a commonly used product due to its low cost and longevity, copper which is durable, long lasting, and usually reserved for classic restorations, and aluminum which is widely used material due to its lightweight characteristics, resistance to rust and can be painted. Wood is usually made from old growth cedar, a product that is rarely available today and has been relieved by new growth cedar, cast iron, lead, zinc, PVC, concrete, and other readily available materials.
CAUSES OF GUTTER DAMAGE
- Leaning ladders against gutters to clean them out
- Seams splitting apart
- Ice establishment
- Pest influxes
- Stains caused by constant overflowing and rusting spikes
- Storm and tree damage