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Different Gutter Materials and Their Pros and Cons

Are you looking to install a gutter system and weighing your gutter options?

First, you’ll need to decide whether you want a continuous gutter or sectional system. Keep in mind sectional systems leak within the joints and seams. Continuous gutters are not only less prone to leaks, but also have greater curb appeal.

Now, consider the following gutter materials.

Aluminum Gutters

Pros of Aluminum Gutters

Cost wise, they are less expensive than many other options. Aluminum gutters are also lightweight and available in a variety of colors. They are fairly weather resistant, however, require maintenance over time to keep in proper condition.

Cons of Aluminum Gutters

Due to the smaller weight of aluminum gutters, high winds and debris can damage them or create leaks.

Galvanized Steel Gutters

Pros of Galvanized Steel Gutters

Galvanized steel gutters are very strong and coated with zinc.

Cons of Galvanized Steel Gutters

Galvanized steel rust and require regular cleanings to prevent that along with clogging. Leaf guards can also help keep them clog free.

Vinyl Gutters

Pros of  Vinyl Gutters

Vinyl gutters are fairly inexpensive. Additionally, they’re fade and rust resistant due to the material.

Cons of Vinyl Gutters

Durability issues occur with vinyl gutters as over time they break down due to sun exposure. When vinyl gutters crack, they’ll also have leak points at the joints. A small number of color choices are only available.

Copper Gutters

Pros of Copper Gutters

Many homeowners choose copper for their appearance, but it is also a stronger material than other gutter types. Curb appeal is a big factor with copper gutters. Plus you won’t have to worry about re-painting them or mildew accruing on its surface. 

Cons of Copper Gutters

Although durable and not needing paint, patina naturally forms over copper creating a change in color over time.

For homeowners in the Amarillo area needing assistance with choosing and installing their next gutter system contact us today.

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