While there are many different types of gutters available, 7” (seven inch) seamless k-style gutters have become increasingly popular in Florida (especially where we are located in Pinellas County) due to their wider opening, durability and ability to handle larger volumes of water.
Why choose a 7in rain gutter?
Pinellas receives 51 inches of rain annually – that’s 35% higher than the national average. Simply put, we have a tropical climate here and a high quality gutter system helps your home or business manage storms and high volumes of water in the best way possible.
7 inch seamless gutters are a type of gutter system that are seven inches in diameter and are made from a single piece of aluminum or copper. They are called “seamless” because they are created on-site using a machine that shapes the gutter to the exact length needed for your home. This means that there are no seams or joints in the gutter system, which makes it less likely to leak or break over time. Only a gutter company can create and install these.
One of the primary reasons that home and property owners choose 7″ seamless gutters over other types of gutters, such as 6″ gutters, is their ability to handle larger volumes of water. This is especially important in areas that receive heavy rainfall, like Florida. 7in seamless gutters are also a great choice for homes with steep roof pitches, as they are better equipped to handle the additional water flow that occurs on these types of roofs.
Tile and Metal Roofs Should Use 7″ Gutters
In addition to being able to handle larger volumes of water, 7″ seamless gutters are also the preferred choice for homes with tile or metal roofs. These types of roofs require a gutter system that can handle the water shooting off the roof edge, without overshooting the gutter itself.
Another benefit of 7″ seamless gutters is that they require less maintenance than sectional 7” gutters. Since they are seamless, there are no seams on the straight runs of the gutter system. Whereas with a sectional gutter system, like you’ll find at Home Depot, there are seams every 10 feet that must be caulked. Every seam is a potential point of failure – and they’re regarded as being less attractive. A competent gutter company is likely to strongly recommend the 7 inch gutters in these circumstances.
Benefits can Outweigh the Price Difference
Overall, 7″ seamless gutters are a great choice for homeowners looking for a durable, low-maintenance gutter system that can handle heavy rainfall and larger volumes of water. They are a bit more expensive than 6″ gutters, but the extra cost is worth it in the specific scenarios mentioned above.
We offer free gutter estimates for Clearwater, Belleaire, St. Pete, Dunedin and all the cities with Pinellas County. Contact us today for your estimate.