A Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Gutter Material

A Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Gutter Material
From paint colors to flower beds, homeowners have lots of decisions to make when it comes to a home’s exterior. If you want to ensure that the outside of your home is in top condition, you’ll want to pay attention to your gutters. Even though they may not be the most exciting feature of your home, they work hard to make sure that your roof and foundation stay safe and dry. In this guide, you’ll learn more about why your gutters matter, when they should be replaced, and what your gutter material options are.

The Purpose of Gutters

While often overlooked, gutters are actually a key element in protecting your home. When working properly, gutters effectively carry water away from your house and prevent:

  • foundation damage
  • mold and mildew
  • roof leaks
  • siding rot
  • soil erosion
  • pooling garden beds

Ineffective, worn gutters need to be replaced so that you can protect your home from water damage. If your gutters have cracks, holes, leaks or have outlasted their 15 year lifespan, it’s time for you to look into gutter replacement options. So, what is the best gutter material? That’s for you to decide!

Types of Gutters

Choosing the best type of gutter material for your home depends on a few factors—budget, climate, aesthetics, and installation method are all things to consider when it comes to picking your gutter material.  Read on to learn about each option so you can confidently select the right gutters for your home.

Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are the most popular choice for homeowners. Because they are affordable and lightweight, they are easy to install and can be done DIY. They are also weather-proof and resist corrosion and rusting, giving them a fairly long lifespan before needing to be replaced. Aluminum gutters also come in a wide range of colors to match your existing siding.

Galvanized Steel Gutters

There are 2 types of steel gutters. Galvanized steel gutters are coated with zinc to make them rust-proof and they are strong and durable due to their metal make up.

Stainless Steel Gutters

Stainless steel gutters are coated with a layer of steel and chromium to resist rust and corrosion. This option is more expensive than galvanized steel and is slightly more durable. Both steel options are heavy and require welding to install.

Copper Gutters

From an aesthetic standpoint, copper gutters are a fan favorite. Copper gutters are the most expensive option, but are upscale, attractive, and have the longest lifespan. If you have the budget, they are a worthwhile investment because they won’t need to be replaced often.

Vinyl Gutters

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy option, vinyl is the right choice. Although not as durable, vinyl gutters come in a wide color range, are the most affordable option, and are great for DIY installation. They don’t hold up well in extreme weather conditions and last longest in mild climates.

Don’t wait until water damage becomes a problem—replacing your worn gutters is a necessary project that prevents you from dealing with larger home issues down the road. With a variety of options, you can choose the perfect material for your budget and needs to keep your home and family dry.

Ready to replace your gutters?

One of our professional installers would love to walk through the process with you! Contact us today to have our signature high-capacity Weather Defender Rain Gutters installed on your home. Give us a call at 317-243-7140 or fill out this contact form.

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