Seamless Gutters: An Introduction
What are seamless gutters?
Think of a piece of your home that keeps everything running smoothly, but goes unnoticed. Think of a continuous system with no weak points. Think of the difference between excellent home maintenance and sub-par home maintenance.
Seamless gutters are the modern solution to the age-old problem of water diversion. One piece equals zero leaks. Where before gutters consisted of several parts fit together by joints and hinges to form a system, now just one custom piece gets the job done.
The benefits of the seamless gutter are both functional and aesthetic. When combined with quality installation and “set it and forget it” that LeafGuard offers, seamless gutters are an option worth considering for any home.
Before Seamless Gutters Arrived
Traditionally, gutters came in pieces, and those pieces had to be assembled in order to form a gutter system. These pieces were mass-produced by the manufacturers and usually were between 6 and 10 feet in length.
In this system, the pieces are held together by joints or hinges. The problem is that the connection points are weak and vulnerable within the gutter system. Simply put, two pieces can come apart more easily than one piece can break.
That vulnerability leads to several problems over time. One of the most noticeable issues that homeowners discover is a leaky gutter. The wear and tear from torrential rains, tough winters, and pesky animals takes its toll on an already vulnerable gutter. Remember, these gutters don’t get shelter from the storm – they are the shelter.
Even if a traditional gutter avoids leaks, a clog can be just as problematic. If the clog isn’t caused by debris, it might be a result of frozen water within. The ice expands and puts pressure on the gutter, and that pressure could cause it to split apart at the points where its pieces connect.
The Meaning of Seamless
The term “seamless” has grown exponentially more popular in the Internet age. It literally means “without seams” or “smooth and continuous, with no apparent gaps or spaces between one part and the next”.
For gutters, “seamless” refers to gutters comprised entirely of one piece and therefore containing no joints or points of connection between pieces. No pieces, no joints, no screws, and no points of weakness.
How it Works
LeafGuard’s seamless gutters corral water using the principle of liquid adhesion. Liquid adhesion is a simple but powerful principle: water adheres to a surface, and is pulled downward by the force of gravity. That “pull” corrals the water gently into the seamless gutter system, rather than allowing it to escape over the edge.
The Benefits of Seamless Gutters
The most basic benefit of the seamless gutter is that there are no joints, hinges, or other miscellaneous parts. How does this make your life easier?
- Custom-made gutters are crafted to the exact dimensions of your home, accounting for the nuances of its construction.
- Lower likelihood of leaks, cracks, and sagging gutters since there are no hinges or joints
- No extra materials to pay for or have lying around
- Sleek and attractive design of the one-piece gutter improves the aesthetics of your home.
- No clogs! The seamless design keeps out debris like pine needles and leaves.
The LeafGuard Approach
The principle of the seamless gutter has been at the heart of LeafGuard’s offering for years. LeafGuard gutters are made right at the home to the exact dimensions needed. Because of its patented, one-piece design, the gutter system is shaped into a single length of gutter with a protective hood to deflect debris from falling into your gutter.
This style of gutter supports the LeafGuard philosophy that you should never have to perform gutter maintenance or address clogs. Seamless gutters come with a guarantee of effectiveness, because the most expensive gutter system isn’t the one with the highest price tag…it’s the one you have to replace or repair every few years.
The Guarantees of Seamless
LeafGuard’s seamless gutters come with a debris-shedding hood that ensures your new gutters will never clog. The gutter system’s effectiveness is supported by a lifetime warranty on the gutters’ paint finish. And should the gutters somehow clog, the LeafGuard gutter installer will make a return trip to the home in order to rectify the situation. It’s a seamless policy to compliment a seamless system.
Seamless Gutters as An Unsung Hero
Seamless gutters often go under-appreciated. In a way, you realize their impact less because you’re not concerned about them. Ever hear that the squeaky wheel gets the grease? The leaky gutter gets the attention and effort, in this case. The seamless gutter often goes unrecognized.
The seamless gutter is analogous to your home’s hot water heater. It’s always working at maximum efficiency, but you don’t wake up and think “I need to use my hot water heater today”.
It’s only when it stops working that you notice, because the effects are serious. Ever had to take a cold shower? You never want your hot water heater to stop working, and you never want your gutter system to be top of mind with issues and concerns. With seamless gutters, the homeowner is able to set it, forget it, and worry about other issues around the home.
Homeowners Investing More
More and more homeowners are adding valuable components like seamless gutters in order to improve the quality and value of their homes:
“In the second quarter of 2014, data nationally shows that 47 percent of homeowners surveyed said they were more likely to put money into their home now to increase value than they were 12 months ago. Additionally, 78 percent of homeowners are completing home improvement projects to increase their quality of life.”
The return on the investment of seamless gutters comes in a number of ways, including:
- Adding value to your home via a complete and effective gutter system
- Preserving foundation, trim, and siding from water damage and rot
- Improved aesthetics of the gutter system with no hinges or parts
- Sustained aesthetics of overall home with water being safely diverted away.