The gutter system on your home or business is there to move rainwater off your roof, preventing water damage to it, your soffits, fascia, and exterior paint. As well, your gutter system guides rainwater away from your house or building, preventing it from settling around the foundation and seeping into your interior walls and basement. Thus, your gutter system needs to be of high quality and good repair. A lack of gutters, gutters in poor condition, or gutters that are poorly placed or pitched can have far-reaching and expensive consequences.
Seamless or “continuous” gutter systems are custom-extruded onsite in precise lengths for your home or building. Thus, they aren’t jointed as are traditional gutters, so there are no seams to eventually fail and leak. This is no small thing, as traditional gutters will minimally be jointed every ten feet—and actually more depending on the dimensional configuration of your roofline.
Another advantage of seamless gutters is their greater strength. South Central Wisconsin’s heavy snowfalls place a great deal of weight on your gutter system, straining any seams, causing them to flex, and thereby eventually leak.
In sum, while seamless gutters might be more expensive than their seamed counterparts, they are a better value because they perform better, last longer, and are relatively trouble free. Available in aluminum or copper.
Aluminum gutter systems have a long history and were probably the first economically feasible alternative to old-fashioned wood gutters, the latter having virtually disappeared from the scene for reasons of high maintenance, poor performance, and limited durability. Aluminum gutter systems are economical, will not rust, and will last up to 30 years with minimal maintenance. Add to that they come in a wide variety of colors (and also paintable), and you can see why aluminum gutter systems are the most popular choice for both new construction and replacement.
Copper gutter systems have been an aesthetic feature of premium houses for many years—especially on Victorian and stucco homes, and are recognizable by the classic greenish patina they develop over time. Copper gutters are growing in popularity in climates like that of South Central Wisconsin because they are ferociously corrosion-resistant and can last from 60 to 100 years with minimal maintenance. That—combined with their upscale cachet—make copper gutters a superb lifetime investment for your home.