Advancements in Gutter Technology

Sometimes when it rains, it really pours. But that doesn’t mean you have to get soaked from the rain dripping off your roof. Thanks to seamless gutters, you can rest assured there won’t be a wall of water waiting for you at the edge of your home when you step outside (unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about the rest of the rain).

How seamless gutters are made

Seamless gutters always seem to look like they were custom made for the building they’re on. That’s no coincidence—it’s actually how they are made.

Seamless gutter installation in Ruston, LA involves a portable machine to roll form the gutters to a custom size. The materials come in a bulk packaging known as a coil roll. This can be ordered in different widths depending on the style of gutter necessary for the building—usually 5 or 6 inches wide. This is fed into the machine to be formed into custom-sized gutters right there on the spot.

The straight sections are connected using pre-made corner pieces. The corner is a common place to connect a downspout as well. This is where the water will be carried to the ground in a gentle, quiet way. Instead of letting it drip loudly to the ground, a downspout directs the water from the gutter to the ground in a covered tube with the exit at the bottom, pointed away from the house.

Materials and installation

Seamless gutter installation in Ruston, LA can be performed with a few different types of materials. Each has a different lifespan and cost associated with it.

Aluminum is a popular choice due to its light weight and long lifespan of 60 years. Galvanized gutters have a lifespan of 40 years. Copper seamless gutters have a lifespan rating of 80 to 100 years. These lifespan ratings must be taken with a grain of salt, however, as there are other factors like UV exposure and gutter sealants that may compromise the overall lifespan of any gutter.

A professional installer will not use silicone as a gutter sealant. This type of material is water resistant, and while it may hold temporarily, it will not stay bonded over time. It’s sometimes used because it is about one-third the cost of alternative materials.

Another sign of a professional installer is that they will use zinc-coated steel fasteners, as that coating will allow the pieces to withstand water damage much longer than untreated steel.

Finally, a professional installer will make sure to inspect the mounting surface the gutter will be attached to. If the roof is damaged or was improperly installed, this will need to be addressed before a seamless gutter can be properly installed, otherwise the gutter will not last nearly as long as it should.

When you’re looking for seamless gutter installation in Ruston, LA, contact J & B Air Conditioning, Heating, & Gutters for premium service and an unbeatable quality guarantee. Reach out to us today to schedule service—we look forward to working with you!

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