Should I choose seamed or seamless? This is a question that many people, who are in the unfortunate situation of having to replace their guttering, need to ask themselves. Replacing your entire system is obviously only a last resort fix, as there are many other options available before you get to this stage. But for those who need to undertake this task, you need to decide on the type of system you want to install. This is not an easy decision to make and there are many factors that will influence this decision. I personally have only ever used the seamed variety and have found them to be more than adequate for defending my home from the perils of water damage. This doesn’t mean that seamless gutters would not do just as good a job if not better.
Why Use Seamless Gutters?
The thought process behind this approach is that less joins mean there will be less leaks and I do think this is a reasonable conclusion to jump to. The question really is; does this warrant the extra money you will have to pay to have seamless gutters? If you know what you are doing, installing seams should not leave any leaks and even with the passing of time, leaks should not spring. The problem with seamless gutters is you need specialist equipment to fit them. This inevitably means, buying the equipment yourself or getting a professional to fit them for you. Either way, this approach is going to be a lot more expensive than using what is deemed the conventional way. I really do wonder why so many people choose this option and they are obviously people with money to burn.
In conclusion, if you have the money opt for the seamless variety but if you are on a tight budget, stick with the conventional approach. Once you start to employ contractors to carry out work, this inevitably pushes the price of the job through the roof. I do not like to promote any DIY or home improvement task that cannot be carried out using every day DIY tools. This is indeed specialist work, so expect to pay specialist prices for this and do not be hoodwinked into thinking otherwise. This conclusion has been made based on facts and on my own experiences. The time has come for you to make your choice and decide what is important to you.