Monday, December 20th by Kendra Dunnigan
This is an example of a gutter system with a downspout.
Gutter systems are made to guide rainwater out and away from the home’s foundation to prevent flooding. Without a proper gutter system, water damage will amplify. Find out what gutter material is best for your home and the climate you live in.
There are three common types of gutter material offered; steel, vinyl, and aluminum. Each option has both advantages and disadvantages. Luckily, our experts are here to inform you on which selection is perfect for your home.
A steel gutter system is perfect for areas with severe weather.
Steel gutters can be coated in either zinc (galvanized), zinc-aluminum alloy (galvalume), or chrome (stainless steel). This option can take on harsh weather and still perform flawlessly.
Vinyl gutters come in many colors to match your home!
Vinyl is the least expensive of the three favored gutter materials. Color choices are limited, but they can be painted to match the style and shade of any home. Homeowners in a dry climate can expect 20 years with this option, and residents in a more wet climate can expect around ten years.
Aluminum gutters are the most popular and easiest to find.
Aluminum is the most durable and reliable gutter material on the market. This low-cost metal comes in a wide selection of colors. However, it's important to note that not all aluminum gutters are created equal. Some gutter companies use thin, cheap aluminum (0.024”-0.027”) which will be more susceptible to damage. If you get aluminum gutters installed, make sure they're made from 0.032” premium-grade aluminum. That is the strongest and thickest aluminum available and will help prevent distortion and deliver a clean, laser-straight product. Aluminum gutters are usually either 5 inches in width (standard size) or 6 inches in width. 6" aluminum gutters however can hold in 20% more water than industry standard, 5" gutters. Aluminum also won’t rust! Aluminum gutters are available in seamless and seamed sections.
There are more gutter materials worth mentioning—first, wood, an old favorite. Wood gutters were most common in the 1960s. They can add a vintage, old-fashioned aesthetic. If a homeowner does decide to use wood, choosing cedar is the best choice since it will last the longest. On the downside, it is expensive to install, and it has the least amount of durability out of all gutter options. The second material is copper. Copper gutters are extremely durable, especially during rain and wind storms. Little maintenance is required, and they rarely need to be replaced, but they are also quite expensive to install. Even though these two materials are not as popular as aluminum, steel, and vinyl, they have pros that may be worth looking into.
Whether or not you need gutters is dependent on where you live, the type of weather you get, or if the ground around your home slopes towards your foundation. Allow trusted gutter professionals to guide you in the right direction! It’s never too late to contact Gutter Shutter and get your free estimate. Get started today by calling to find your true gutter match!