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Traditional Vs. Seamless Gutters, What’s The Difference?

Updated: Feb 2

Are you in the market for a complete gutter upgrade? If that’s the case, you may have heard of both seamless and traditional gutters. But what's the difference? Below we’ll take a closer look at their differences, advantages and disadvantages of both.

What are seamless gutters?

Seamless gutters are gutters without all of the nuts, bolts and seams! They are made up of one continuous piece of aluminum that is custom fit to your home. You won't find many seams with this system except for the corners and downspouts.

Benefits of Seamless Gutters

For homeowners, seamless gutters offer an array of benefits–from aesthetic reasons to long-term benefits; we can't just choose one.

When you choose the seamless gutter option you're opting in for long-term benefits. This system will require less maintenance in the future due to less need. Traditional gutters require new sealant every few years while seamless gutters only need the sealant on the downspouts and corners and not every few feet. So this allows for longer in between times for maintenance.

Due to the lack of seams, it is a lot less likely for debris such as twigs or leaves to build up unlike their traditional counterparts. This means Debris and water can flow freely through the seamless gutter system without much chance of getting snagged.

Seamless gutters are custom-fitted to your home, so there is no risk of loose seams or missing pieces. They are made of one continuous piece of aluminum, which gives them a sleek, modern look. This can drastically increase the curb appeal of your home and make it more aesthetically pleasing.

Traditional Gutters

Traditional gutters are the most common type of gutter system. They are made of pre-cut sections that are easy to assemble, but they require multiple sealant sites to prevent leaks. Seamless gutters are a newer type of gutter system that is made in one continuous piece.

They are more expensive than traditional gutters, but they do not require as many sealant sites and are therefore less likely to leak.

In contrast to seamless gutter systems, traditional systems have many seams where debris can become trapped, as well as more leak points. This will necessitate at least two maintenance jobs per year and frequent cleaning.

Traditional gutters are often more affordable than seamless gutters, but they may not offer the same level of benefits. It is important to consult with a licensed professional to discuss your options and choose the best type of gutter for your home.

Decisions, Decisions.

We understand that making a decision about a new seamless gutter system or even a traditional gutter system can be daunting. Seamless gutters require less maintenance, are less likely to clog, and are more visually appealing. Fewer leaks and clogs mean less money spent on maintenance.

Traditional gutters are inexpensive and aesthetically pleasing when in good condition. They are the most common type of gutter in households because of their affordability, but they require maintenance at least twice a year.

If you're unsure and don't know where to start, call your local roofing or gutter service provider. You will want to make sure they are a licensed professional who will best guide you.


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