If you’re in the market for a new gutter system, you may be researching all of the different options including styles, whether or not you want gutter guards, different materials, etc. There’s a lot to consider when deciding which gutter system is right for your home.
Along with different styles, you’ll want to decide if you want seamless or regular gutters. There are some differences between seamless and regular gutters you should be aware of before making a decision. Continue reading to learn about seamless and regular gutters and how they differ so you can make an informed decision.
What are Regular Gutters?
Regular gutters, also known as sectional gutters, are a type of gutter system that is installed in sections along the roof. These sections are attached using joints and brackets, nuts, and screws, fastening the sections to one another and the fascia boards of the home.
Regular or sectional gutters have seams present, unlike seamless gutters. Because each section of regular gutters is installed piece by piece, many seams connect each piece of the gutter system. Unfortunately, seams in a gutter system are likely to cause leaks and collect and trap debris quickly resulting in clogs.
Many reputable gutter installation companies install regular or sectional gutter systems, however, there is no way to eliminate seams if you choose to install sectional gutters. You’ll most likely experience clogs and may even experience leaks with your regular or sectional gutter system, especially after natural wear and tear.
Not only are sectional gutter systems prone to clogs and leaks but there are also risks associated with how they’re mounted and fastened to the home by way of the fascia boards. Fascia boards are a crucial component of any home; they support the weight of the home’s roof and act as an anchor for sectional gutter systems. When a sectional gutter system leaks, it could be detrimental to the health of the fascia boards.
If a sectional gutter system is leaking then that water is likely to run off into the soffit and fascia boards. Unfortunately, fascia boards will rot if water seeps into them, presenting issues for homeowners. Along with the risk of rotting fascia boards, sectional gutters can tear away from the home, taking the fascia boards off with them.
What are Seamless Gutters?
Seamless gutters are installed using one continuous piece of material to avoid seams, unlike sectional gutters that are installed in sections. There are some other differences between the two types of gutter installation processes like how they’re installed and aesthetic differences.
Seamless gutters don’t have any seams, so unlike regular gutters, the chance for leaks and debris getting trapped in the seams is eliminated, resulting in better drainage protection for your home. No seams, leaks at the seams, or trapped and clogged debris at the seams, means that meltwater and stormwater can flow freely throughout the gutter system.
Another major difference between regular gutters and seamless gutters is how they’re installed. Again, seams are present with sectional gutters, so they’re installed in pre-cut sections and mounted using brackets and screws. Seamless gutters are installed using one continuous strip of material, making them a better fit for your home. Seamless gutters are also more aesthetically pleasing without those seams that can create an eyesore.
While some seamless gutter systems are mounted to the fascia boards, our team at K-Guard Rocky Mountains takes an extra step to ensure your gutter system won’t separate from the home. Unlike other gutter installation companies, we mount our gutter system above the floodplain, eliminating the possibility of gutter separation from rotting fascia boards and soffit.
Now that you’re aware of the differences between regular and seamless gutters, which one would you choose? Seamless gutters have far more advantages including eliminating leaks, being custom cut to perfectly fit your home, and being more aesthetically pleasing. With the risk of leaks, damage to the fascia boards, and tearing away at the joints, sectional gutters don’t offer the same protection that seamless gutters do.
The K-Guard System outperforms all other systems on the market and keeps water flowing through the system at a rapid pace regardless of weather conditions. Our curved hood eliminates debris from entering the system and allows water to enter the gutter from a rear drainage channel. There is no weather condition that our gutter system can’t handle! Unlike other gutter installation companies, K-Guard requires zero maintenance.
To learn more about the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, contact our team today or call (970) 432-8093. K-Guard is the premiere gutter company in Colorado, providing a leaf-free gutter solution for homeowners for many years. We proudly install the K-Guard Gutter System across the state of Colorado including, but not limited to, the following locations: Denver, Colorado Springs, Littleton, Centennial, Aurora, Boulder, Castle Rock, Broomfield, Fort Collins and so much more! Schedule your free estimate today.