The Difference Between Seamless and Sectional Gutters

Do you need to replace your old gutters? You’ve probably been doing research and may have come across the terms “seamless gutters” and “sectional gutters.” What is the difference between these two types of gutters?

Seamless vs. Sectional Gutters

Let’s start by describing both types of gutter systems.

Sectional gutters are pieced together in 10- to 20-foot sections with multiple seams—the gutter sections are joined together with connectors. Sectional gutter systems have corner pieces, end caps, and drop outlets for connecting to the downspouts. While they are often a very affordable option, they do have a higher potential for leaks.

Seamless gutters, also called continuous gutters, are continuous lengths that are measured and cut on site for a perfect fit. They only have joints at the corners and where the gutters meet downspouts—meaning they are less likely to leak. Although they are most often made from aluminum, they can be made of copper or painted steel.

Which One Is Better?

The type of gutter you install will depend mainly on your personal preferences. Many homeowners opt for seamless gutters—today, they are far more popular than sectional gutters. They tend to be stronger and more reliable and are also available in a wide range of colors.

Seamless Gutter Installers Serving Maryland, DC & Northern Virginia

The Shanco team installs:

  • 5- and 6-inch seamless aluminum gutters
  • 5- and 6-inch seamless copper gutters

We also install gutter guards to help prevent clogs and protect your gutter system (which can extend its lifespan).

Need gutter replacement? Interested in installing seamless gutters that will last for years? Contact us today to learn more about our services or if you’re ready for an initial consultation!



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