Installing a new gutter system on your home can seem like a daunting task; from picking out the right system to the installation process, it is a lot. You have a lot of choices when it comes to the types of gutters and a lot of it comes down to personal aesthetics and cost, but seamless gutters do offer some benefits that the others don’t.

The most common gutters are:

  • Vinyl Gutters
  • Aluminum Gutters
  • Stainless Steel Gutters
  • Copper
  • Wood

Vinyl gutters tend to be the most economical choice and they are lightweight and easy to put together and won’t rust, but aluminum gutters hold up better in colder climates and can be painted whatever color will look best with the outside of your house. Another popular type of gutter is the seamless model, which basically means that instead of coming in sections of gutters that are joined together, the seamless version is made from one single piece of metal and installed as one single piece. Aluminum, vinyl, copper and steel gutters all come in seamless gutters.

Here are 5 benefits of seamless gutters:

1. Not As much Maintenance Needed

Because there are no gaps in the gutter, you won’t have to worry about as much debris with seamless gutters as you do with the sectional versions. This translates to less clogs and the need for less cleaning. Think how much more of your weekends you will regain with less of this chore to do.

2. More Options Available

When you go with seamless gutters, you have more options in materials and colors which will allow you to pick what best goes with the aesthetic of your home.

3. Easier to Install

One of the most time-consuming parts of installing new gutters is measuring and cutting them to size and fitting them all together. With seamless gutters, however, they are made to fit the dimensions of your roof and there is no puzzle pieces to fit together making it a seamless installation.

4. Overall Less Costly

Initially seamless gutters will cost you a little more than the traditional sectional systems, but when you realize how much you will save on maintenance and repair over the years, overall you will be shelling out less money. Remember the less you have to repair or replace parts of the gutter system translates to less money out of your wallet.

5. More Aesthetically Pleasing

The look of seamless gutters is also more appealing Without the gaps between the gutters and the very obvious fasteners attaching all the sections, your gutters will have a more streamlined sophisticated look. If you are going for a certain style for the look of the outside of your home, then seamless gutters is the way to go.

When Is It Time to Replace Your Old Gutters?

If you are having a lot of trouble with leaks and water damage to your home then it is a sign that you should replace your old gutters. If you have mold and a lot of peeling paint on your home than that could also be from leaky gutters. Pay attention to clogged and saggy gutters too. If you are having a lot of these problems, then it is a sign that you should replace your old gutters with something new.

How to Maintain Your Rain Gutters

Besides making sure you have a good quality system, the other key to no hassle house gutters is to maintain them properly. For them to work properly, you need to keep the gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and debris and this takes regular maintenance. Either you have to climb the ladder and do it yourself or you need to hire a professional gutter cleaning company to do it for you. The rule of thumb is to clean your gutters at least twice a year, but more if you have a lot of trees hanging over your house or you live in an area that experiences a lot of storms.

If you have any concerns about safely climbing up and down the ladder, then your safest bet is to hire a professional cleaning company. If you are going to do it yourself, make sure you have a sturdy ladder and never ever stand on the top two rungs.

Ways to clean your gutters:

  • A leaf blower or a hose– but make sure you wear goggles and a dust mask and heavy work gloves.
  • Purchase a gutter cleaning kit that can connect to your leaf blower.
  • Use a garden trowel or gutter scoop to clean it out by hand. For best results, start at the drain outlet near the low end of the gutter. Then just dump into a bucket to dispose of when you are all done. It is best to do it when the leaves are only slightly damp not real soggy.

Besides focusing on what is just in the gutters, also make sure to use the leaf blower to blow any leaves or debris off the roof itself so it doesn’t all end up in the gutters the next time it rains.

Other Tips for Easy Maintenance

There are also different gutter guards and leaf-catchers that can help make maintaining your gutter system a lot easier. But be careful when choosing one because, debris can still settle through them and many of these products are not cheap. If you do decide to get one, make sure it can be easily removed for cleaning.

One product, TheSpoutOff, is especially helpful if you have small rain gutter outlets because TheSpoutoff outlets are designed with a larger opening allowing for water to still run down even if other parts of the gutter are clogged. Another great plus is that these outlets are easy to keep clean through the removable downspout that allows you to check on the outlets without having to climb a ladder. With TheSpoutOff, a fear of heights or balance concerns will no longer keep you from properly taking care of your home and it is a lot cheaper than hiring a professional cleaner to come regularly to clear out all the debris.

Want to learn more about how TheSpoutOff can make your seasonal outdoor chores a lot easier? Contact TheSpoutOff today to learn how it can take the hassle out of cleaning your gutters.