If you have just recently moved into your first home then you are most likely unaware of just how important your gutters are. Most people are familiar with gutters and know generally what they do. They allow the roof to let the water from rainfall off without flooding the yard or causing any damage.
One of the most common problems with gutters is clogs. These can be from collections of leaves twigs and other types of debris that will block the flow of water and can cause several types of damage to your home. If you have not been cleaning your gutters recently or if you need to upgrade your gutters then you should know that there is more than one type of gutter with one of them being designed to help eliminate the problem presented by clogs. Let’s take a look at the two most common types of gutters and compare the benefits and drawbacks of each.
You may be surprised to learn that there is actually more than one type of gutter. It may seem like it should not require different technology to funnel rain off of yours. However, traditional gutters have been known to experience clogging far more frequently than the newer seamless type of gutters.
Regular gutters also known as sectional gutters are probably the ones that you are the most familiar with. The way that these are designed allows them to be put together easily whenever you are installing it at your house. They are available in several different types of material with steel being the strongest. If you are in an area that has severe weather you may want to go with a steel sectional gutter. Copper and aluminum are going to be better in areas that you are worried about rust.
Seamless gutters are not cut into sections that can be assembled when you are installing it. Instead, they are made as one solid piece of metal with no seams. They are typically a little stronger than sectional gutters. Because there are not any seams on the gutter other than the ones at the corner there is far less opportunity for leaks to develop or for clogs to get stuck. Seamless gutters are also often more expensive than sectional gutters and can be trickier to get installed. The higher cost is more of an upfront cost as you should have fewer maintenance costs over time.
The type of gutter system that will work best for you depends on where your home is located and what your budget is. If you are most concerned about keeping your monthly expenses as low as possible but do not mind spending a little bit more upfront than the seamless gutter is going to be the best option for you. If you are on a budget and need gutters that work well but do not break the bank then you may find it easier to work with sectional gutters.