Gutter Corners, Seams, & End Caps
Litespeed Construction uses seamless gutters. The advantage of seamless aluminum gutters is that there are no sauder lines for debris to catch on, making them much easier to maintain.
Sample of Seamless Gutter
An additional advantage of seamless gutters is that because they are one solid piece the gutter length is generally stronger than traditional gutters. They are made on site out of using a machine that is fed sheets of the selected type of metal. This allows the gutter to be customized to the house it is being created for.
The lack of sections means the only areas that still have seams are the corners and the downspouts. But these minimal seam lines means the number of areas the gutters could possibly leak from compared to traditional gutters has been greatly reduced.
One commonality that both seamless and traditional gutters have in common is the miters. There are three type of miters, box, strip and hand miters. The miter box is a prefab corner piece for the angled areas of a home. The miter box is much easier to use than attempting to make a hand mitter on site would be, but they are supposed to be one size fits all, which means they sometimes do not fit as tightly as they should. Litespeed prefers the miter strip as it fits more snuggly onto the corner, allowing for better leak protection.
Another area of the gutters that must be sealed off correctly to avoid leaks is where the downspout meets the gutter. Here a hole is cut in order to accomodate the attachment of the gutter to the downspout. The size of the hole is determined by the size of downspout selected.
Downspout Meets Gutter
But no matter what the size of the hole the important thing is to put a downspout connector in before fastening the downspout to the gutter. This is the piece that seals the excess space up preventing the downspout from leaking. The connector is properly attached by using ⅜” sheet metal nails to hold it in place. It is made watertight by using aluminum sealant on the inside of the gutter and the connector flange with the caulking gun.
The end caps are the last place that should be examined for a water tight seal. Much like the other areas mentioned above this is a potential spot for leaking because it is a seperate piece. If the end cap is damaged in any way a new end cap will need to go in its place. The metal of the gutter will need to be manipulated back into positions first to fit the end cap, and the end cap fastened on with both silicone sealer and rivets to hold it properly in place.
End Cap of Gutter