Frequently Asked Questions
| ||Why do I need seamless rain gutters on my home?|
When you are imagining your dream home, what kind of rain gutters you would choose to install on your home may be the last thing on your mind. Although rain gutters do not get much thought, rain gutters certainly play an important role in the maintenance of your home!
For most people, purchasing a home is one of the largest investments they will ever make. Installing rain gutters is one way to protect that investment from potential water damage. Without gutters during a storm, the water runs off of the roof, falling and collecting near the base of your home. When water collects at the base of your home, you run the risk of structural water damage.
Taking steps to protect your home today could lead to significant savings in the future. When keeping in mind the longevity of your home, small steps taken today to prepare your home for harsh weather will help to avoid bigger hassles tomorrow. Aside from the aesthetics, seamless rain gutters are an important part of keeping not only your fascia and roof from damage but also your landscaping, foundation and soffits.
The main purpose of installing seamless rain gutters is to protect a building's foundation by channeling water away from its base. They also help to prevent erosion, prevent leaks to basements and crawlspaces, protect painted surfaces by reducing exposure to water, and provide a means to collect rainwater for further use. With the proper installation of seamless rain gutters, a homeowner can avoid all of these problems. Seamless rain gutters divert the flow of rainwater into your downspouts, preserving the timeless beauty of your home. back to top
| ||What damages can be avoided by installing seamless rain gutters?|
Having rain gutters on your home can help prevent many costly repairs, including but not limited to:
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- Wood rot
- Mold from standing water
- Damage to your foundation from water accumulation
- Trenches around your home
- Landscaping damage
- Stained siding due to backsplash of water during rainfall
- Stained walls due to water running off the roof without proper redirection
- Waterfall effect over walkways during rainstorms, making entering and leaving the home during rainfall without getting soaked a daunting task
| ||Seamless downspouts vs elbows?|
Water collected by rain gutters is fed through a downspout from the roofs edge to the base of the building where it is either discharged or collected in a rain barrel or cistern.
Accumulation of leaves and dirt in your downspouts will prevent proper drainage of your rain gutters, causing water to overflow and seep into the walls of your home as water backs up. Seamless downspouts were developed with this issue in mind. Seamless downspouts, along with routine gutter maintenance will lengthen the life of your rain gutters as there are less attachments that dirt and debris may cling to, leading to clogged and overflowing gutters.
Contrary to what some companies may lead you to believe, elbows are the number one cause of leaky gutters and clogged drainage. Leaves and debris tend to get caught in the many seams of elbows leading to leakage and rusting through at the seams. This also leads to mildew overgrowth. (See examples of this on our seamless downspouts page)
Our exclusive seamless downspouts are custom cut and formed on-site for the best look and fit to your home. Seamless downspouts can be custom sloped for the best drainage for your home as opposed to pre-fabricated elbows that are available in one pitch sometimes causing water backup. Our seamless downspouts come in 3x4, 4x5 and round profiles.
Listed below are a few problems that can be avoided by installing seamless downspouts on your home while increasing the longevity of your rain gutters.
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- Elbows popping off at the seams
- Water leaking and spraying out at the seams
- Shorter life span of your gutters
- Clogged downspouts
- Mildew overgrowth from standing water leading to rust-through
- The time, money and hassle it takes for all the unnecessary extra maintenance
| ||What sizes and profiles of rain gutters do you offer?|
K-Style Seamless Gutters - The most widely available and least expensive style of rain gutters installed today is the K-style gutter. We offer K-Style seamless gutters in 6", 7" & 8" sizes. We have over 30 colors to choose from and this profile comes in either aluminum or copper.
Half-Round Seamless Gutters - This style of gutters has been used for centuries on older style homes, custom homes and Victorian style buildings. Half-round gutters go with virtually any style of architecture to give it a distinct and unique look. We offer half-round seamless gutters in 6", 7" & 8" sizes. Half-round gutters are available in aluminum, galvalume or copper. We also offer our *Exclusive* Seamless half-round downspouts.
Seamless Box Gutters - Most box gutters come in 10 foot sections and are not seamless. Crown Seamless Gutters offers *Exclusive* seamless box gutters in 7" & 8" sizes in either aluminum, galvalume or copper. back to top
| ||What are miters?|
Miters are the inside or outside corners of your rain gutters that attach the straight pieces together at the edges. Most companies offer pre-fabricated pieces of miter edges that attached to your gutters creating non-seamless gutters and a patched up look. Crown Seamless Gutters custom cuts your miters to fit perfectly together on your home, adding to its curb appeal instead of taking away from it.
If a company uses box miters or strip miters, then you are not being sold seamless gutters. Miters that are not custom-made on site are pre-fabricated pieces of gutter that are placed over your straight gutter runs to connect the pieces together. The more pieces of gutter you put together the higher the risk of leaks and other issues. Custom-cut miters are made so that the corners fit together perfectly in stead of placing a box over your seamless gutters edges made from a different grade material. back to top