My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Rain gutters are an important feature to have on your home to prevent rain water and melting snow from damaging the foundation. Seamless gutters provide more protection than traditional gutters because they have no seams that can leak. While a small leak may not seem like a big deal, it can cause problems that turn into something big. Here are a few additional ways seamless gutters help save your home and family.
Slipping and Falling
When traditional gutters spring a leak, water is not properly diverted away from the house and walkways. Even a small leak can create a wet spot where unsuspecting people can slip and fall. Seamless gutters have no seams to break apart and will keep the water flowing from your rooftop to a place where it cannot catch someone unexpectedly.
The seams, and pieces that hold the troughs together, create an uneven interior to the whole system. This makes it easier for sticks, leaves and other debris to become trapped. As more things build up in this trap, it stops the flow of water, much like a dam. The water will back up and sit against the materials in the roof. This will cause them to rot or mold. The troughs on seamless gutters are smooth so things do not get caught and clog up things.
The same build up that can cause the roof to start to fall apart can also be a fire hazard. The debris trapped in the gutters does not stay wet all the time, it will eventually dry out. A spark shooting out of the chimney can cause the clog to catch fire. In addition, if you live in an area that is prone to wild fires, having rain gutters that are filled with dry twigs and leaves is just asking for trouble.
While it is possible to have some debris sitting in a seamless gutter system, it is not going to create a trap as quickly or readily as gutters with seams. This lack of seams also makes it much easier to clean the troughs out. In many cases, you can simply use a garden hose set to a higher pressure to shoot through the system. If you are going to be redoing the rain gutters on your home, talk to the contractor about making a set of seamless gutters. They will be made to fit your roof so you can keep your home and family safe.