There was once a time when installing gutters on a home could take multiple days. Back then, gutters came in prefabricated pieces, and you had to buy them in stock lengths. If you had a side of a house that was 34 feet long, you’d have to purchase two 20-foot pieces of gutter and then cut the second piece to 14 feet to make it work. Then you’d have to climb up on a ladder, secure the gutters to the home, and then connect those two pieces together. That took time, and if you made a mistake and didn’t cut a piece perfectly, you’d have to start all over again. You’d have to do this around the entire home, and that’s why the job could take so long.
Today there have been a number of technological advancements that make gutter installation easier than ever. For one thing, there are all sorts of software out there that contractors can use to determine how much gutter they’re going to need for a specific home. That way they can be sure to show up with just enough gutter for the project. That not only makes the job easier to perform, but it saves them money because they’re not purchasing more gutter than they actually need.
On top of it being easier to measure how much gutter a contractor is going to need, there are now seamless gutter machines out there that can produce gutters of virtually any length. Let’s use the example from above again to highlight how seamless gutter machines are making gutter installation so easy. Let’s say you’re working on that same house with a 34-foot long side. Instead of having to cut a piece of gutter to the right length, you can simply load a coil of aluminum gutter into the gutter machine, turn it on, and it will spit out a gutter of the exact length you need. You can create a gutter that’s exactly 34-feet long or whatever length you might need. Thus, if you have a home that has five distinct sides because of the way the home was designed, you can use the gutter machine to create five pieces of gutter of those exact lengths. Then all you have to do is get up on the ladder and secure the gutter. It makes the job a great deal easier, and it cuts multiple hours of work out of the equation.
Apart from the seamless gutter machine that allows you to create gutters of any length and the software that makes it easier to measure a home’s side, there have also been advancements in various tools that make gutter installation easier. These tools also make it easier to handle gutter repairs. Since workers are able to do the work more efficiently, the costs of gutter installations and gutter repairs haven’t risen like other construction costs, and that’s good news for consumers. So the next time you’re hiring a company like V & V Roofing and Sheet Metal to install new gutters, be thankful that they’re able to do the work so quickly.