Make Sure Water Is All Your Gutters Are Carrying AwayMay 25TH, 2013 chuck Filed under: Designer Gutters, Seamless Gutters, Soffit-Fascia, steel gutters
When you get a heavy rain, how good are your gutters at keeping up? If the answer is “not very”, its time to replace them. Inefficient gutters can cause a lot of problems and expensive home repairs.
According to www.savingwater.org, an inch of rain can produce up to 1,500 gallons of water on a typical 2,500 square foot roof. (One inch of rain falling on a square foot of surface yields approximately .6 gallons of water). The channels on standard gutters weren’t designed to handle that kind of volume.
For the time your home gets a lot of rain, or occasional frequent downpours, you’ll want to upgrade your gutters; but what kind of system should you go with? Standard gutters are sold in 10-foot lengths that are connected with slip couplings at each joint and corner, so there will be dozens of seams around the perimeter of the average home. Each one is a weak spot and a potential leak site.
The best system to go with if you’re doing an upgrade is a seamless steel one. They are stronger than standard gutters, and won’t leak at seams because there are none. Sections join only at inside and outside corners and at downspout outlets. Since they’re made of steel rather than aluminum or vinyl they’re stronger.
Rather than having several pieces of metal fastened together with the traditional spike and ferrule method, ABC Seamless Gutters consist of one continuous piece of steel roll-formed to fit your home. They are fastened to the house with hidden hangers so you hardly know they’re there. They look more like a piece of decorative trim than a gutter.