Gutters are a critical component in your roofing system. Although they may not be the most attractive thing to look at in every case, they are very important when it comes to protecting your home, from roof down to foundation. Unfortunately, like all other parts of your home, there will be a time when you will need to replace your gutter system. You may be surprised to learn that there are several different types of materials available to choose from for your new gutters.
Most Common Materials for Gutters
There are various materials that you can choose for the gutter system for your home. Each material offers various styles and benefits.
Aluminum tends to be one of the most common materials used for gutters on residential structures. This material tends to be much thinner than others, but it is also less expensive. Homeowners should know that this material can suffer dents and bends more easily than other materials. However, it performs extremely well at directing water to downspouts and away from homes.
Aluminum is by far one of the most popular options for homeowners. This is due to the fact that the quality of the material is strong and reliable, and the cost is more affordable than most other options. These gutters are both rust-proof and weatherproof and come in a variety of colors.
Wood tends to be a rare gutter system material for residential structures. However, it is beautiful and reliable nonetheless. Wood gutters are usually made from redwood, fir, cedar, and other wood materials. Wood is long-lasting and gives structures a more rustic appearance.
It is important to know that wood gutters are very specific in style, and they do not last as long as other materials.
Copper is a material used for gutter systems that is made to last. This material is strong, durable, and highly attractive. As copper ages, it develops a patina, which some homeowners find adds a touch of character to their gutter system.
You can expect that a copper gutter system will last at least 50 years, ensuring you do not have to worry about replacement gutters anytime in the near future after they are installed. This material holds up very well to high heat and cold temperatures, making it one of the most reliable options available.
Steel is another popular material for gutters. The galvanized steel material is extremely durable and strong; however, it tends to be very heavy. Even though steel does not rust, it can start to show oxidation and other signs of aging within ten to fifteen years.
An alternative option to galvanized steel gutters for your home is stainless steel. This option will not rust but tends to be much more costly than galvanized steel gutters. These gutters are also very heavy, so professional installation is needed. Although steel gutters are more expensive, they are extremely sturdy and can hold up well through various weather conditions.
Vinyl gutters are a lightweight gutter system option that works extremely well on various types of structures. This material is relatively easy to cut and snaps together, creating a tight seal that allows water to flow through with minimal effort.
This material tends to be less expensive than others. However, it will fade and may become brittle over time. This may be a good option for colder climates, but if you see a lot of dry heat, snow, rain, and wind, it may not be the most durable and sturdy option. The good thing about vinyl gutters is that you can paint them different colors to help match your home’s color and design or simply to give them new life.
Zinc is by far the most expensive material available for a gutter system. This material can last over five decades, ensuring that you have a gutter system that is designed to last. This material will start off as light or dull gray and lighten up over time due to oxidation.
Zinc gutters will need to be professionally installed due to the fact that they need to be welded in place. These gutters can create a more historical appearance and are often preferred in older homes and homes that are very expensive. Zinc will never warp, fade, or rust, which ensures your gutter system always looks new.
Different Gutter Styles
In addition to gutter materials, there are also a few different styles that you can choose from. These include the following.
These gutters are designed to look like a piece of pipe that has been cut in half. Half-round gutters have rounded upper lips and are extremely reliable. These gutters are similar to K-style gutters, but they do not handle as much water. This makes them a less popular option, especially for homes that are located in areas with heavy rainfall.
These gutters are designed to look like fascia boards. They are made with a flat exterior design to ensure they blend in with your existing fascia. Fascia gutters tend to be the most expensive style due to the fact that they are relatively rare when compared to other style options.
This is one of the most popular styles of gutters for homes. K-style gutters are designed to look like crown molding along the exterior of your home. This provides a more stylish finish. The design allows materials for mounting to be placed on the inside to create a more stylish, smooth, and clean appearance.
Should You Go With Seamless or Sections?
Gutter systems can be seamless or installed in sections. The seamless gutters are growing in popularity due to their overall aesthetics and the fact that they are less likely to leak due to not having any seams. However, they also tend to be the most expensive, so if you are budget-conscious, it may not be the best option.
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Amenity Roofing today! Our experts have extensive experience helping homeowners and business owners across the area with roof services and gutter installation. You can depend on our team to provide you with top-quality services every step of the way. To get started, reach out to our roofing experts today by calling (630) 636-9954 to schedule a free estimate.