Seamless vs Regular Gutters

Imagine a world where your gutters last longer, require less maintenance, and look 10x better.

Well, you don’t have to.

Why? Because seamless gutters already exist. And yes, seamless gutters are that much better than normal gutters.

Let’s break it down.

What are Seamless Gutters?

new seamless gutters installed on house

Seamless gutters are a type of gutter where each section is one continuous piece, compared to normal gutters which are made of smaller sections that are held together by glue or sealant. With less sections overall, seamless gutters are less likely to develop leaks over time making them more durable. Seamless gutters can be more expensive to install, but it depends on the contractor.

Seamless gutters are the gold standard when getting new gutters. If you need to replace your gutters, you should go seamless.

If you imagine normal gutters as LEGO pieces stuck together, seamless gutters are just one single piece that are only connected on the corners of your house.

Each section of gutter is a single continuous piece, AKA seamless.

seamless vs regular gutter

Instead of multiple pieces cobbled together with gutter sealant, you get a single sturdy piece that spans the entire width of your house.

Instead of five sections of gutter stuck together, you get one. Seamless gutters are less likely to overflow because of this.

This makes seamless gutters:

  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Leak-proof
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to install
  • Give more curb appeal

Seamless gutters also come in a variety of different materials, just like normal gutters. So the sky is the limit in terms of options.

You can go with aluminum, steel, copper, and more (although 99% of people just opt for aluminum).

Seamless Gutters vs Regular Gutters: Let’s Break it Down

Not convinced to go with seamless gutters? Well, chances are you’re a smart homeowner trying to get the most out of your money.

And if something is too good to be true, it usually is.

In this case, the reason is that seamless gutters are so much better is that… they cost more.

Pros of Seamless Gutters

  • Better curb appeal: The smooth look of seamless gutters is quite appealing. Every section of the gutter is custom cut for your home and its hard to beat the clean and aesthetic look.  As the gutters age, you won’t notice any small sections begin to sag or look out of place. The entire gutter system blends in perfectly with the roof and the rest of your house. Bonus points if you get the gutters painted to match the rest of your house. With the hidden gutter brackets, seamless gutters look clean.
  • Longer lasting: Seamless gutters can last for decades with minimal maintenance. Normal gutters need to be resealed every 5-10 years, while seamless gutters easily can last 20 years o rmore.
  • Low maintenance: Due to less repairs required, seamless gutters will require less maintenance than normal gutters. However, it’s still recommended that they are professionally cleaned twice a year to prevent a buildup of leaves and gunk. Nobody likes plants growing out of their gutters.
  • Less prone to damage: Normal gutter sections are held together with gutter glue and over time, this glue can begin to wear off and develop leaks. It creates weak points throughout the system. Seamless gutters have less of these weak points, making them more resistant to wear and tear over time.

Cons of Seamless Gutters

  • More expensive to install: Seamless gutters can be more expensive to install, but with less maintenance required they will pay themselves back over the lifespan of the gutters. Seamless gutters typically cost $2-3 more per foot than normal gutters as they need special equipment and need to be custom cut (We’ll go more in-depth as to why later.)
  • Harder to DIY: Due to the expensive machinery needed for seamless gutters, it makes it harder to for someone looking to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. If you’re dead set on DIYing your gutters, it may be worth doing a more traditional gutter installation. You can find normal gutter parts at stores like Home Depot and Lowes, just make sure to use proper safety protocols when working in an elevated area.
  • Repairs can be more costly: If your seamless gutters begin to sag or the fascia begins to rot (the area the gutters are mounted to), the entire gutter will need to removed and replaced instead of a single section. This can lead to more costly repairs in this situation. However, these types of repairs are rarer, so chances are it will not happen to you (unless you get unlucky or don’t properly maintain your gutters).

Why are Seamless Gutters More Expensive?

seamless gutters from above

Seamless gutters are typically considered more expensive than normal gutters, but there is some nuance to it.

Due to the professional machinery required for seamless gutters, contractors will typically charge more for this style of gutter. However, larger companies that specialize in gutter installation will only want to install seamless gutters for several reasons.

The cost will depend a lot on who you get a quote from.

For  larger gutter companies, they are used to installing seamless gutters, so it’s faster and easier for them. Plus, their crews will carry around the proper equipment for it already.

They need a proper gutter machine that extrudes the gutter to the proper length and a guillotine shear machine to actually cut the gutters to the proper length.

If you already have the equipment and know how to use it properly, seamless gutters can be much faster to install. Simply measure the home, cut the gutters, mount the brackets, seal on the endcaps, and the gutters are ready to pop on.

As opposed to normal gutters where every single section needs to be put on separately and mounted.

Smaller contractors, however, may charge more seamless gutters as they may need to rent out the equipment instead of simply going to a Home Depot or Lowes to buy regular gutters.

As always, it’s a good idea to get as many quotes as possible before starting a project like this.

What is the Lifespan of Seamless Gutters?

Seamless gutters have a longer lifespan and can easily last for over 20 years with low maintenance. If they are cleaned on a regular basis, seamless gutters can last for decades and are an excellent choice for most homeowners.

However, the total lifespan of seamless gutters does depend on a few factors such as where you live, the material type of your gutters, and if you experience heavy snowfall and icing.

Different Seamless Gutter Options

Like normal gutters, seamless gutters can come in a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, vinyl, and copper.

Aluminum

Aluminum seamless gutters are the choice for most homeowners nowadays. They offer the best bang for your buck, as they are lightweight, durable, and affordable. Contractors like aluminum due to how easy it is to install, cut, and use.

Steel

Steel seamless gutters are always a great option. While pricier than aluminum, steel is typically stronger and longer lasting in most situations. However, certain steel types are more prone to rust and may require more maintenance.

Copper

Copper gutters are a good choice for those going after a certain aesthetic with their home. The copper color can match nicely with specific home designs for enhanced curb appeal. Copper seamless gutters will typically cost a lot more and require even more specialized equipment to make. You may need to contact several contractors to find one that offer custom-cut seamless gutters.

Vinyl

You can get seamless vinyl gutters and they are considered better than the normal vinyl gutter variety. However, they are not recommended by contractors because they are structurally weak and cannot handle much weight.

They will need to be replaced much sooner than any other metal variety such as aluminum, steel, or copper. If you live in a cold area, the vinyl material can become brittle and break easily. In high temperatures, they tend to warp or sag.

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