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

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

This famous saying by Benjamin Franklin declares that it is better to take precautions than to suffer consequences later. This is wise advice that should be considered for various areas of our lives. Can you believe that 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. Unfortunately, the water will spill over the edge of the roof, leading to several different issues such as foundation damage, structural issues, mold, mildew, and a flooding basement. Each of these situations can be expensive to fix, and therefore prevention is key. 

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


This 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, and if not done properly
  • Lifespan is minimal, considering it needs to be resealed every 1 to 5 years
  • Made of a weaker material


This 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. MHI Roof in Pittsburgh is a huge fan of adding these to any gutter system, and for good reason! The debris, leaves, twigs, and branches will rest on top of the gutter guard, rather than in the gutters. This will allow the water to freely flow through the system with little complication.  

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, they may be 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 the gutters 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 MHI Roofing in Pittsburgh 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.