What’s the Difference Between Sectional and Seamless Gutters?

When it comes to gutters, there are two different types. The first is sectional gutters, and the second is seamless gutters. Sectional gutters were the only available gutters until the 1960s. Around that time, seamless gutters were introduced, and they’ve pretty much been the preferred gutter type since.

So what’s the difference? We’ll tell you.

Sectional Gutters

Sectional gutters are usually made from steel, vinyl, or aluminum. They’re composed of short pieces of metal connected by seams to form rain gutters (this is done by either snapping them together or welding them together). While sectional gutters are typically cheaper since you can install them yourself, that isn’t the ideal path to take unless you’re a gutter expert.

Unfortunately, sectional gutters are not as reliable as seamless gutters. They have a habit of coming apart, and it’s not unusual for them to leak, break, or fall off entirely. Because of this, it’s necessary to keep a continuous watch on them, and checking your gutter system becomes an ongoing chore when you have sectional gutters.

Seamless Gutters

Seamless gutters are generally made from aluminum, but they can also be made from copper. They’re constructed of one continuous piece of metal custom-designed to fit your roof line. Seamless gutters tend to be much more expensive than sectional gutters; however, it’s a price that pays off in the long-run. They are strong and durable, and because there is no seam, you don’t have to worry about leaks, breaks, or the additional, ongoing chore of checking on your gutter system.

Additionally, seamless gutters aren’t prone to clogging, unlike sectional gutters, and they appear as a natural part of your home because they don’t have visible joints and fasteners. As an added bonus, they can be customized to match your home. Seamless gutters are a worthwhile investment that can protect your home’s exterior and foundation for years to come.

So Now You Know

Whether you were just curious, or are considering replacing or installing gutters, now you know the difference between sectional and seamless gutters. As with anything, our society finds ways to improve things every day, and there’s a clear winner in the world of rain gutters right now: seamless gutters. Fortunately, a seamless gutter company can easily replace or install new gutters to protect your investment.

If you think it might be time to replace or install your gutters, give us a call today! At St. Augustine Gutters, we serve those in St. Johns County and the surrounding FL communities.

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