Homeowners may be surprised to learn that there are many variations to choose from when it comes time to buy gutters. Gutters vary by material, style, color and size. Professional Essex County roofers are always available to help choose the right gutter system for one's home. For those who want to know more, the following will explain the most popular types of gutter materials and the advantages of each.
Aluminum gutters are far and away the most popular gutter sold on the market today. Many homeowners and roofing contractors prefer metal gutters because they have many advantages over other types of gutter materials. Aluminum gutters are resistant to corrosion, which makes them extremely durable and helps them last longer than a lot of other gutter types. Aluminum gutters are also relatively lightweight and easy to work with during installation. They are available through many manufacturers in a wide variety of colors. Gutters made of aluminum are also relatively inexpensive.
Copper gutters are more durable and slightly stronger than aluminum gutters, but they are more expensive. Most homeowners find they cannot justify the added cost for copper gutters. Their copper nature does mean that moss and mildew will not accumulate. They also will never have to be painted.
Galvanized steel gutters are made of steel and coated with zinc.
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Although extremely strong, these gutters are highly susceptible to rust if installation is done poorly or standing water is allowed to sit in them. Galvanized steel gutters should be regularly cleaned and inspected for rust.
Galvalume gutters are also made of steel, but the outer coating on them is a mixture of aluminum and zinc. These gutters are just as strong as galvanized steel but they are more resistant to rust and corrosion. This gives galvalume gutters the ability to last nine times longer than galvanized steel gutters. Although they have many benefits, they are more expensive than most other options.
Zinc gutters are similar to copper in that they are highly resistant to rust and corrosion. They also develop a beautiful patina that many homeowners find appealing. Although zinc gutters are much more expensive than aluminum varieties, they last over twice as long, never need to be painted and do not require maintenance.
The least expensive option is vinyl gutters. These are lightweight and made of plastic, which makes them easy to cut and install. However, they are arguably the least aesthetically pleasing gutter option and do not have the durability of their metal counterparts.