Sectional gutters are the most traditional option and consist of small pieces of metal connected by joints. In contrast, seamless gutters are made up of a single, continuous piece of metal that is custom-designed to fit the roofline. This eliminates the need for joints, which can cause leaks and obstructions. Seamless gutters are the best choice for homeowners who want to ensure that their gutters don't leak.
While sectional gutters can be installed by an experienced DIYer, seamless gutters should be installed by a professional. This is because they are cut to the correct length on site with specialized machinery. Seamless gutters also have a much more attractive uniform appearance than sectional gutters. Sectional gutters have been around much longer and are still more common, but seamless gutters are gaining popularity due to their durability, hassle-free maintenance, and low-maintenance requirements.
They also contribute to the curb appeal of a home. The risk of leaks, damage to fascia plates, and breakage of joints is much lower with seamless gutters than with sectional gutters. Seamless gutters are generally made of metal materials, particularly aluminum. Fascia boards are a crucial component of a house because they support the weight of the house's roof and act as an anchor for sectional gutter systems.
When sectional gutters leak, water runs to the ceiling boards and fascia, causing them to rot over time. Seamless gutters do not have joints in the straight sections, so there is no risk of clogging with leaks and dirt. The joints between each section should be sealed with roof and gutter sealant to prevent leaks or drips.