A Look at How Seamless Gutters Are Made
Seamless gutters are popular because they have fewer places to leak. They're often made from aluminum, but they can also be made from vinyl or copper. Aluminum is a lightweight and easy material to work with. It also comes in several colors. Seamless gutters are made on your property right before they're installed. Here's a look at what this entails.
A Truck-Mounted Extruder Makes The Gutters
First, the gutter installer takes measurements of your house so troughs can be made the exact length needed. Then a roll of metal is fed into a small machine that forms it into the shape of a gutter trough. The trough comes out the end of the machine, and when it's the right length, the trough is sliced off.
The seamless gutter company has rolls of metal in different colors, so if you want something other than the common white color, you have options. The decision for the type of metal and color you want is made before the crew arrives at your home.
The Prep Work Is Done Next
Once the trough is made, the installers attach the hangers. The hangers snap in and are then held in place with screws. These will be screwed into the fascia boards later. The end caps are also installed, and a hole is cut out for the downspout.
The end caps are snapped in place and secured with a sealant so they don't leak. An attachment is put in the hole for the downspout and screwed down. The downspout is also sealed to prevent leaking. At this point, the installers have a single seamless gutter trough that's ready to mount to your home.
The Seamless Gutters Are Installed
If your home already has gutters, those are removed and the gutter company will probably haul them away for you. The seamless gutter is mounted to the fascia boards with screws. The trough needs to slant slightly toward the downspout so water drains rather than puddles in the middle of the trough.
The downspout is attached and pointed so rain drains on a splash block, empties in a drain, or rolls away from the foundation of your house. The positioning of the downspout should be permanent and secure so you never have to worry about foundation damage from a downspout that drains toward your home.
This seamless gutter system only requires a few seams, unlike sectional gutters that need to be joined together. Fewer seams mean your gutters have a lower risk of leaking, and that means your home has the best protection from water damage.