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Gutters are considered “seamless” when they are installed in a continuous manner from corner to corner. Seams should only occur at the corners.
There are three types of corner seams commonly used. The corner with the least amount of seams has the least chance of a leak developing. Different corner styles have more seams than others.
Box Miter: A preformed corner that actually has 3-seams per corner. Mainly used because they are inexpensive and don’t require skilled labor to install.
Strip Miter: A seam formed in the corner and held together by a separate thinner strip of aluminum material. Also less expensive to produce, it actually creates 2-seams per corner with the “strip” requiring paint due to discoloration over time.
Custom Hand Mitered: Crafted by a skilled gutter installer, this seam has only one seam per corner. It fits tighter, stronger and longer. All About Gutters Inc. uses only custom hand mitered corners when installing gutters.
Nails (or spikes): Generally an older style method, the nail goes through the outside of the gutter, and passes through the inside and attaches (hopefully) into the fascia board and rafter. Nails tend to pull out over time due to weight of water in the gutter causing sagging and detachment from the home.
Screws: A more reliable method because screws don’t pull out over time and don’t corrode. Installers use 2 ¾” screws to attach the gutter to the home through the fascia board and into the rafter. Be sure the screws are “long-form” screws, over 2 ½”, some companies will use a shorter screw (3/4” or 1”) which saves time on labor and cordless drill batteries, but doesn’t hold to anything other than the fascia, which wasn’t meant to fully support a gutter. All About Gutters Inc. only uses long-form screws during installation.
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