Seamless Gutters vs. Sectional Gutters, Which Are Better?
To manufacture a seamless gutter, you need a professional grade gutter machine. Sectional gutters (DIY Gutters) differ from seamless because sectional gutters are installed in pieces and have seams. Whereas, seamless gutters are exactly what they sound like, seamless.
Sectional gutters have been around for thousands of years. The earliest gutters were made from wood and often designed into a half-round trough shape, sectional gutters have evolved and now are made from different materials like vinyl, steel, aluminum and copper. Today’s sectional gutters come in 10ft – 20ft sections and connect to one another to form a larger roof drainage system. Since sectional gutter systems connects smaller sections to form larger gutter runs, its weakness lies in the material used and the points at which the gutters connect; the joints.
Seamless gutters are a single continuous piece of gutter often cut from one single-coil piece of metal, typically aluminum but also copper. With longer runs of gutters, there is not an easy DIY installation which means you need a professional with a seamless gutter machine to install these gutters.
When comparing seamless gutters vs. DIY gutters, there are some big differences between the two in the following categories:
- Gutter Installation
- Gutter Security And Strength
- Gutter Repair Ability
- Gutter Cost
Some homeowners opt to install their own gutter system which can be done by purchasing sectional pieces and joining them together as needed. Seamless gutters can only be installed by using a professional gutter machine typically mounted to a service truck.
Gutter Security & Strength
Seamless gutters are by far superior to sectional gutters because they do not have weak points (joints).
Gutter Repair Ability
Repairing a seamless system is more difficult since the entire system will typically be in need of a replacement. Typically seamless gutters need far less repairs than sectional gutters due to their strength.
You might assume that sectional (DIY) gutters cost less than seamless but the cost ends up being almost identical when you consider all the pieces you must purchase.
Seamless gutters typically cost between $9 and $25 per foot, so depending on the size of your home you can expect to spend anywhere between $999 and $2500.