You have two options when it comes to gutters: regular gutters or seamless gutters. Regular gutters have seams at the joints. Seamless gutters only have one section of gutter. Each type of gutter has its advantages and disadvantages. Our comparison guide can help you choose the right type of gutter for you, whether you are building a new house or noticing signs that your current gutters need to be replaced. For ease of gutter installation, repair, and maintenance, read the rest of the article below:
Seamless Gutters: Pros and Cons
Seamless gutters, as the name suggests, don’t have seams. These gutters are also known as continuous gutters. They can be customized to fit your home and made from one piece of material. You can find seamless gutters in the same materials that regular gutters: aluminum, steel, and copper. These seamless gutters are a popular choice for homeowners due to their many benefits.
- Because there are no joints to reseal, minimal maintenance is necessary
- Because there are no seams, it is less likely that they will leak.
- This seamless design offers greater curb appeal
- Each seamless gutter length must also be custom-made for your home.
- Roof Repairs will be more expensive if the gutter is replaced for its entire length
- Can’t DIY installation
Regular Gutters: Pros and Cons
Regular gutters are also known as traditional gutters or sectional gutters. Each section has a seam connecting it to the next. To prevent leaks, the joints between sections should be sealed with a roof sealant or gutter sealant. Regular gutters can be purchased at most home improvement stores and are not customizable.
- Regular gutter sections are less expensive than regular ones. They are made from stock material, and not custom.
- It is as easy as replacing one gutter section.
- DIY Installation is possible
- Routine maintenance is necessary to seal joints and remove any debris.
- Leakage from joints with gaps or holes is more likely
- A gutter with multiple joints can decrease curb appeal.
Seamless Gutters vs. Regular Gutters
While gutters aren’t the main focal point of a home’s curb appeal, they play an important role in its overall appearance. Regular gutters with many lines between sections can be distracting. Seamless gutters can be a great complement to your home’s exterior.
The most visually appealing: Seamless gutters
The material used to make a gutter system lasts is what determines its durability. You can buy seamless or regular gutters made of aluminum, steel and copper as well as vinyl. The most durable material is steel, followed closely by aluminum and copper. Vinyl is an affordable option, but it can be fragile when exposed to extreme weather conditions.
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Because they can be customized to fit the length of your home, seamless gutters are more expensive than regular gutters. The average cost of replacing gutters is $4-$30 per linear foot. Regular gutters are on the lower end, while seamless gutters are on the upper end.
Least expensive: Regular Gutters
Ease of gutter installation
Installation of regular and seamless gutters presents different challenges. It can be challenging to get long seamless gutter sections onto your roof. Shorter regular gutter sections, on the other hand, require more trips up and down ladders and additional time to connect all the pieces. Gutter pros usually assemble seamless gutters on-site and then deliver them to your home fully assembled.
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Ease of repair
You will need to replace your entire seamless gutter section if it becomes damaged. This can be costly. Regular gutters can be easily replaced. This is a cost-effective and simple repair. Though you would still need a roofing contractor, the overall repair costs are lowered.
Easier to fix: regular gutters
Seamless gutters can be much easier to maintain than regular gutters. Seamless gutters should be resealed every one to five years at the joints between sections of regular gutters. These joints can trap leaves and other debris, which must be removed. Because there are no joints, seamless gutters don’t have these maintenance problems.
Easier maintenance: Seamless Gutters
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