Today’s gutters come in two options: sectional and seamless. Each gutters replacement option has its own set of benefits you should consider. We discuss the pros and cons of both types below to help you make an informed decision.
Sectional gutters are installed in separate pieces connected with seams. Homeowners who choose to go the DIY route can buy gutter sections made of galvanized steel and cut them to appropriate lengths. The seams are typically attached using fasteners then sealed using commercially available gutter sealants. While sectional gutters are fairly effective as a gutter replacement option, they require frequent maintenance. Leaks often form at the seams, so your sectional gutters will require periodic looking-over and re-application of sealant.
At Gutter Helmet® of Eastern NY, we offer sectional gutters made from both aluminum and copper. During installation, we ensure that the gutter lengths are properly sloped to ensure continuous flow of water into the downspouts. We also offer warranties for both material and workmanship; any issues caused by either will be corrected at no extra cost to you.
Seamless gutters are installed as a single length of aluminum that conforms to the shape of your roof. Unlike sectional gutters, seamless gutters are built on-site; we bring the tools and an extruding machine to construct the gutters at your home on installation day. Seamless gutters are less prone to leaks than sectional gutters because they lack the vulnerability of the connecting seams. They are attached using special fasteners without nails, which further reduces the risk of a leak.
Seamless gutters are a low-maintenance option. The seams on sectional gutters form a ridge that could trap leaves and debris, requiring frequent cleaning, especially during the fall, but this is not something you’ll have to worry about with seamless gutters. Seamless gutters are also the ideal gutter type for protection systems like Gutter Helmet®, which prevents clogs from forming in the gutters.