Seamless Gutters Are An Inexpensive Way To Preventive Maintenance
Many homeowners do not realize the importance of installing a new seamless gutter system. Gutters are a more important component of the home than many people might think. They are responsible for directing excessive amounts of water to a place where it will do no damage to your property. Gutters protect your landscaping and play a role in reducing the likelihood of basement flooding as well as mold and fungus growth. In certain areas of the country, gutters can even benefit the foundation of your home.
Clogged gutters can cause water leakage into the house as the water backs up. Clogged gutters can also lead to stagnant water build up which allows mosquitoes to breed and also allow grasses and weeds to grow in the gutter.
No More Clogged Gutters… Ever!
By collecting and carrying water safely away from the home, properly installed gutters protect the home in many ways.
- Foundation problems – Problem gutters can dump gallons of water directly onto the ground next to the foundation of a house. This water can cause or complicate existing foundation settlement problems.
- Landscape washout – Few things are more frustrating than watching the beautiful landscaping that you spent hundreds or thousands of dollars installing, get washed away because of poor rain drainage.
- Undermined driveways, patios, and walkways – Excess water draining or accumulating near the house can erode the soil underneath driveways, patios, and walkways. As this underlying soil is washed away, so is the support provided for the driveway, patio, or walkway. The end result can range anywhere from settling or cracking to a complete collapse.
- Damaged fascia, soffit, or outside wall – Non-existent, leaky, or poorly installed gutters can damage a house’s structural integrity by allowing water to penetrate and damage the fascia, soffit, or the actual framing of the house – causing thousands of dollars in damage.
- Termite colonies – Because termites need water to reproduce and thrive, gutters that dump excess water near the house encourage termite infestation.
Main Gutter Styles Available Today: Half-Round or K-Style
Other styles of gutters have been used over the many years of home and building construction, but today the most common are the half-round gutters and the K-style gutters. The half-round are more common in older construction, and since the 1960’s the K-style are the most common. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Newer fabrication technologies have made both affordable. Minnesota Leafless Gutters customizes both seamless gutter styles on site to perfectly fit your home or building.
Cold forming technology exists to allow continuous gutters to be created, on site, in long individual lengths suitable to roof edge conditions, thereby reducing joints along the length of the gutter. These mostly joint free gutters are referred to as “seamless”, and available in various shapes, sizes, and finishes.
Seamless Rain Gutters for Your Home
Gutters are definitely not something that can be looked at with a one size fits all approach; when you’re choosing gutters, make sure that you know what your options are and which will be best for your needs – and make sure that you’ve got the right Minnesota Gutter Company installing them.