Sectional vs Seamless: How to Choose the Best Gutter System for Your Home

Feb 3, 2023Blog, Gutters, Sandy and Salt Lake City

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  That means that it is better to take precautions than to suffer consequences later. This is wise advice even when it comes to your gutter and roofing system! Make sure your gutters are doing their job, rather than fixing messes later.

When a home doesn’t have a properly working gutter system, complications can occur. The water will spill over the edge of the roof, leading to a number of different issues such as foundation damage, structural issues, mold, mildew, and a flooding basement. Each of these situations can be expensive to fix. 

How do you choose which system is best for your home? There are two gutter systems. Seamless and sectional. Here is a list of the pros and cons of each system. 

Sectional gutter system


The Sectional type of gutter system is created by pieces that fit together to extend the length of the home. The system is pieced together with connectors and fasteners.  


  • Affordable gutter option
  • Can be done by the homeowner
  • Minor damages, such as small cracks and holes, can be repaired
  • Fairly quick installation, usually a day or two depending on the size of the home


  • Sectional gutters may weaken due to various weather conditions
  • Can leak where fasteners have been attached
  • Lifespan is minimal, considering it needs to be resealed every 1 to 5 years
  • Made of a weaker material


Seamless gutter system

The Seamless type of gutter system is one long gutter custom-cut on the property and installed. 


  • Strong and durable
  • No seams mean no potential for leaks 
  • Able to withstand weather conditions
  • Perfect fit to the home


  • More expensive upfront than sectional
  • If repairs are needed, the section will need to be replaced
  • Long-lasting
  • Needs professional installation for proper placement

Regardless of which type of gutter system you decide to install, it is always wise to consider gutter guards and screens as well. Olympus Roofing in Sandy and Salt Lake City is a huge fan of adding these to a gutter system, and for good reason! It is more difficult to clutter up a gutter when guards and screens are installed. Therefore, these items can easily eliminate future costly repairs. 

How do I know when I need to replace my current gutter system? 

Animals are Present

Birds, squirrels, and small critters can make their homes in the gutters and downspouts. If you notice more animals are present near the roof of your home, it is possible they are creating families and moving into your gutter system. Gutter guards and screens can help prevent animals from moving in. 

Spilling Water Over the Edges

If you notice waterfalls over the edge of your gutters, perhaps it is time to clean out your gutters. Debris can quickly build up in the gutters, causing water to not flow freely. This will cause the water to overflow over the edges of the gutter system. If debris has built up in the gutters and downspouts, there is a chance they are beginning to rust. The fasteners on a sectional system can become corroded and break. At this time, you will need to replace the whole gutter system. 

Sagging Gutters

This is an indication of extra weight on the system. Extra weight can be caused by debris, shingle grit, pine needles, or nests, as indicated above. The weight of the gutter will cause the fasteners to break and pull away from the roof. This will create a costly repair. 

As always, trust the professionals at Olympus Roofing in Sandy and Salt Lake City to help decide which gutter system is best for you, your home, and your budget. We are the experts when it comes to all things roofing and gutters! Our reviews by your friends and neighbors show we are the ones to call to answer any of your questions. We have helped the community for years by securing homes with solid systems. Hire a team of roofing experts you can trust! Call today for more information and a free estimate.