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Sectional Gutters

Sectional Gutters

Sectional gutters are prefabricated and come in sections that connect with each other through joints and seams. They’re typically made of aluminum or steel.

While they’re a good option for many homeowners, they also have several disadvantages compared to seamless gutters. These include the potential for leaks at joints and seams, more maintenance, and a shorter lifespan.

Sectional Gutters

Which Is Easier to Install?

Seamless gutters are constructed of one long piece of metal that is custom-designed to fit your roofline. This eliminates the seams found in sectional gutter systems that are prone to leaks. Because they are made of one long length of aluminum, they are also less prone to damage caused by overflowing gutters that become weighted down with water and debris.

Gutter installation experts are able to install seamless gutters at an affordable rate, especially when you consider the cost of fixing leaking sectional gutters. Additionally, the more water that leaks through a sectional gutter system, the more it will likely cause damage to your fascia boards and soffit panels, leading to costly repairs.

Homeowners that choose to install sectional gutters themselves may find the job difficult depending on a variety of factors. This includes the complexity of the roofline and how familiar the homeowner is with using power tools and working at heights. The DIY homeowner should also evaluate whether their work could void a home warranty or affect the integrity of the roofline.

Gutter systems sold at chain stores are usually pre-cut lengths that must be joined together during the installation process. This can be challenging, even for a knowledgeable DIYer. In addition, store-bought gutters tend to come in a limited selection of colors and gauges, which may not be appropriate for your home’s design.

Seamless Gutters Are More Aesthetically Pleasing

Seamless gutters are long sections of uniform metal that are custom-designed to fit your roof line. They don’t have seams or joints like sectional gutters, which means they’re less likely to leak and cause water damage.

When the gutters are leaking, water isn’t properly redirected away from your home, which can lead to problems with your roof, siding, foundation and landscaping. When the gutters are clogged, debris such as leaves, twigs and pine needles can get trapped inside and impede the flow of water through the system.

Lastly, since sectional gutters have numerous points of vulnerability where the sections connect, they’re more prone to damage caused by severe weather conditions such as high winds and heavy rainfall. This can cause the gutters to pull away from the fascia boards, which can then create a variety of issues including damage to your roof and soffit.

The fewer joints and hardware that seamless gutters have also make them more visually appealing. They look more refined than sectional gutters, and they can help to increase the overall value of your home. This is because a well-maintained, aesthetically pleasing gutter system can signal to potential buyers that your home was cared for and maintained with attention to detail. In contrast, a gutter system that is filled with rust and debris can detract from the curb appeal of your property.

Sectional Gutters

Seamless Gutters Are Less Vulnerable to Leaks

Leaks are a common problem with gutters, and they can cause significant water damage to the roof, house and other parts of the structure. These leaks may also lead to mold, rot, and other problems that need to be addressed. With seamless gutters, however, these problems are less likely to occur. Because they don’t have any joints, seamless gutters are more resistant to leakage than regular sectional ones.

Gutter sections have many seams and joints that are vulnerable to leakage, requiring regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. The joints of sectional gutters also ensnare leaves and other debris, leading to clogging. These issues can make it difficult for the gutters to function properly, resulting in a shorter lifespan than their seamless counterparts.

Even though sectional gutters are made of durable materials such as steel and vinyl, they’re still susceptible to leakage over time, especially at the points where the gutters connect. This is because the joints of these gutters can become loose, disconnected, or rusty. The same holds true for sectional gutters that are prone to bad workmanship, as the sections can be misaligned or sagged, causing them to be weaker than their seamless counterparts. A sagging or misaligned gutter will also have more trouble redirecting water away from the home’s foundation and other areas.

Seamless Gutters Are Mounted to the Fascia Boards

Gutters that are prone to leakage are vulnerable to water damage to the home’s structure, foundation, and surrounding landscaping. Leakage occurs primarily due to the seams where different sections of gutters connect. Seamless gutters eliminate these weak points and dramatically reduce the chance of leakage.

A seamless gutter system is a single, continuous piece that’s custom-fitted to the roofline. They’re typically made of aluminum, steel, or vinyl, and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes. Our team expertly installs these state-of-the-art gutters using a cutting edge machine that eliminates the need for seams.

The absence of seams and lips also eliminates the places where leaves, twigs, and debris accumulate over time, causing clogs. This significantly reduces the need for cleaning and maintenance, year after year.

Seamless gutters are also less prone to pulling away from the home’s fascia boards, which may result in wood repair and even costly gutter separation. This is because they’re mounted above the soffit, eliminating the need for the gutters to hang below the shingle’s eave line. This feature also helps to protect the fascia board from rot and other structural problems.