WHY DO YOU NEED Clean Gutters?
One of the most important parts of your home is the gutter system, it plays a vital role in your homes protection. Gutters are your home’s first line of defense against water damage. A faulty gutter systems can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs to your home if not tended to right away. Most people think of gutters as just another part of their home that needs no attention, when in fact the gutters should be inspected regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. This is where the pros at Advantage Seamless Gutters come in
The most common problem from a clogged or damaged gutter system is a wet basement, however the hidden problems are sometimes much worse. Often times these damages go unnoticed until it is too late, such as water in window wells and leaks behind walls and soffits. The most looked over cause of damage is the splash-back, when the water hits the ground or landscaping, that often soaks siding and wall framing that you can’t see. The staff at Advantage Seamless Gutters are trained to look for these potential problems or hidden damages and can walk you through the reasons that your specific project needs a functioning gutter system to protect your home.
If you do not have gutters, or have a gutter system that is clogged, damaged or does not perform correctly, give Advantage Seamless Gutters a call. We offer a variety of gutter styles and services to ensure that your home is protected, including new K-style gutters in 5 inch and 6 inch, 6 inch Half Round style gutters, Valor Gutter Guards, gutter cleaning and more.
The Advantage of Going Seamless
A seamless gutter system is just that, seamless. So why is seamless better? A spliced gutter, or a gutter that comes in 10 to 20 foot pieces, has a higher potential for leaks. As the gutters expand and contract through the extreme temperature changes we experience in Minnesota, these splices weaken and cause leaks. A seamless gutter system is typically made from aluminum or steel and it expands and contracts at the same time.
Not all seamless gutters are the same. At Advantage Seamless Gutters we use 0.032 inch aluminum gutter coil, which is the thickest aluminum coil that can be roll formed in a gutter machine. Other materials that are commonly used are 0.027 inch aluminum and steel gutter coil. Thinner metals like these expand and contract more over the season, and get damaged easier by hale.
What is inside a Seamless Gutter?
Every seamless gutter system has some type of hanger that holds it in place. At Advantage Seamless we use the Brute hanger, the strongest hanger on the market, and we put them every 18 inches. Other gutter companies use weaker hangers and space them 24 to 36 inches apart. We put ours at 18 inches to ensure that the gutter remains straight, and does not have any saggs that hold water.
Almost all gutter systems are installed using screws. The most common reason a gutter system fails is because of the screws. Typical zinc fasteners fail in 5 to 10 years time, which causes the weight of the water and ice to sagg the gutter. This is how a once working gutter system begins to fail, holding water and debris. At Advantage Seamless we use all stainless steel fasteners. We use stainless steel because they will not rust or corrode, and remain strong. Also stainless steel fasteners do not leave unsightly rust spots on gutters and downspouts.
It is common for many homes to have a inside or outside turn in the gutter, this is called a miter. This is the one spot in a seamless gutter system that there actually is a seam. The number one method of miter installation is called a strip miter. A strip miter is a thin 3 inch wide strip of metal bent to fit the gutter, these often leak, because they have such a small surface area in contact with the gutter. Another common miter is the box miter, which goes around the corner each way about 5 inches. The number one reason these fail is the installer cutting the gutter square and letting the miter support itself on the end. At Advantage Seamless we use box miters, but we cut the gutter at a 45 degree angle to support the entire miter. This also allows us to seal the entire miter between the gutter and inside the gutter.
Every gutter system has to have some way to bring the water to the ground, this is typically the downspout. At Advantage Seamless we use a 3 by 4 inch downspout standard. This oversized downspout gets the water out of the gutter faster and helps prevent the gutter from clogging. We also use a drop outlet inside the gutter to connect the downspout to the gutter. This is done because the alternative, a X punched hole, can cause the gutter to rip in half and fail.
If you already have a functioning gutter system, Advantage Seamless Gutters can help maintain them through our comprehensive gutter cleaning services. We offer one time gutter cleaning and gutter cleaning contracts for multiple cleanings throughout the year. With a gutter cleaning contract you will soon be able to enjoy debris-free gutters year round that are working as efficiently as ever.
When we clean your gutters we:
- Remove all the debris – We make sure that we take out each and every leaf that have piled up and accumulated inside your gutter system.
- Give your gutter a low-pressure rinsing – We use a low-pressure rinsing equipment that effectively takes out the debris down to the smallest speck without damaging your gutters.
- Inspect your gutter system – Lastly, we inspect your gutter system including, the hangers, screw and make sure they are pitched correctly and not holding any water. If we do find something, we perform quick repairs to get your gutter systems working in no time.
Ask us about our Cleanest Gutter Program! Experience the Advantage, Today!
A clean and efficient gutter system is something that you and every other homeowner should be able to enjoy. Call us today at (218) 270-2663 to learn more about new gutters or gutter cleaning services. You can also fill out our online contact form and request for a free estimate, today!