Despite being simple components, gutters are crucial for your home and business structure’s security, especially during the rainy and snow seasons. They help you avoid corrosion, basement flooding, mold and mildew, and other types of water damage by channeling water away from your roof, sidings, and foundation.
To better understand gutters, this guide will analyze different types of gutters, their features, and their benefits.
Types of Gutters
Aluminum gutters are available in three thicknesses: 0.025-inch, 0.027-inch, and 0.032-inch. Although the thinnest aluminum is the cheapest, it is also the most prone to bend or dent; thicker metal is somewhat more expensive but is usually worthwhile, especially if you live in a region that experiences heavy snowfall.
Pros and Cons of Aluminum Gutters
- Average life span of 20 – 30 years.
- You can paint them.
- Less expensive compared to other gutter types.
- Prone to sagging because they are lightweight.
There are two types of steel gutters: galvanized steel and stainless steel, with the latter giving better corrosion resistance. Their installation should be left to experts because they require soldering.
Pros and Cons of Steel Gutters
- Can withstand all types of weather.
- Can withstand corrosion
- Last for a long time (20 – 30 years)
- Not DIY-friendly
- They are heavy
Zinc gutters are a great choice if you want a gutter that requires low maintenance. They are installed in historic or expensive properties and require professional installation as the joints and ends need welding.
Pros and Cons of Zinc Gutters
- Longer life span (up to 80 years).
- Develop an attractive patina over time.
- Zinc gutters can withstand corrosion.
- Not DIY-friendly. They require professional installation because they require welding.
- More expensive than aluminum gutters.
If you want your gutters to be as durable as possible to withstand the elements, copper gutters are the strong alternative available and likely the safest. Additionally, they have a pleasing aesthetic quality due to the pleasant-looking green patina from their natural color.
Pros and Cons of Copper Gutters
- Durable as they can withstand rust and corrosion.
- A life span of 60 – 100 years.
- Develop a greenish patina over time.
- Very expensive
- Not DIY friendly as they require professional installation.
The purpose of gutters is the same regardless of their forms and designs. The size you need will depend on the size of your house and the roofing. Apart from the types of gutters, there are other things you might want to consider when buying gutters, such as gutter styles. We also advise property owners to consider gutter guards. They increase the effectiveness, reliability, and lifespan of the gutter system by preventing clogs.