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Seamless Gutters vs. DIY Gutters

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One can never be too careful when choosing the best rainwater abatement solution for a home or commercial property – especially in our lovely but wet Vancouver climate. One misalignment or a small crack can result in permanent roof, wall or foundation damage, not to mention the mold that often occurs as the result of wet walls.

Considering the cost of seamless gutters, many people take DIY gutters into consideration. To help you make a better informed decision, we’ve done a bit of research on what this whole seamless gutters versus DIY gutters argument is all about. Here’s what we’ve found.

What are Seamless Gutters

Seamless gutters are, simply put, sections of a gutter. They are usually bent and cut by a machine from metal coils, ready for installation. One thing that sets them apart is that they are pre-cut according to the specific measurements of your home. This allows a professional gutter specialist to make a perfect gutter system for your home and ensure that water stays inside the gutters.

What are DIY Gutters

installing gutters on roofThe most common type of DIY gutters is a sectional gutter. These ones are also pre-cut with a machine but not specifically for your or anyone else’s home for that matter. They are uniform and you can make systems out of them by connecting them together via the “snap-together system.”  If you don’t need a long gutter, silicon gaskets will suffice, otherwise, you will need to weld sections together. This requires some experience with a welding torch.

Price of Gutters

Seamless gutters are more expensive than DIY gutters. Sounds about right, sense, right? You might be tempted to go the DIY route to save some money. But there are also cost advantages to hiring professionals. Professional installation of seamless gutters is a pretty quick and smooth process.

DIY, meanwhile, means working at heights. The last thing you need is a visit to Emergency, or missing work due to injury. When you consider these plus the time you’ll save and the convenience factor of getting it done right the first time, the costs balance out or tilt in favour of hiring the pros.

Gutter Maintenance

roof and gutters on houseWhen it comes to maintenance, you should know that checking your gutter system is the most important thing to do, especially if you live in an area with heavy rains, winds, and storms. You should also note that seamless gutters are very easy to maintain. Why? Because they are not welded together. They are long sections of gutters and the only possible weak connection points are at the downspouts and the corners.

Besides these two, DIY gutters feature much more connection points. Each one of these can loosen up after some time and cause a leak.

Also, you will have to clean DIY gutters more often because they don’t feature a cover which often comes with the seamless ones.

Reliability

When it comes to reliability, it all boils down to connection points. DIY gutters feature more connection points which makes them quite less reliable than seamless ones. In addition, don’t forget the fact that seamless gutters are made and installed by professionals which adds more to their reliability and longevity.

It all boils down to what your personal preferences are and how much you are willing to spend on your gutter system. While they may have lost the battle in the initial price bracket, seamless gutters win the war by winning the reliability and maintenance categories.

Complete Gutters Offers a Total Solution for Vancouver gutters.

Contact us today to find out more about professional installation of seamless gutters in Vancouver, or to book your appointment for installation, cleaning or repair.

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