Best gutter type? Aren’t they all the same? The quick answer is, no. Gutters are available in all shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and prices. These endless options make finding the right fit for your home easy. In this article, we will take a look at the different options you have for gutters including their advantages, so you can make an informed decision on the type of gutter you want. If you are still unsure, you can always contact Clarke & Rush and we will provide you with estimates on the most suitable options for your property.
Best Gutter Types for Every Home and Budget
1. Aluminum Gutter Type
Aluminum gutters dominate the gutter market, and for the right reasons too. Aluminum is relatively less expensive, resistant to corrosion, lightweight, and available in a vast range of colors to choose from. They are also rustproof, easy to work with, and weather resistant. Their only downside, perhaps, is that they are not as structurally strong as some other materials, making them easily prone to dents.
2. Copper Gutter Type
These are a little stronger and expensive than the aluminum gutters. They are the high-end product of the lot and with the most aesthetic value. They do not rust, and there is no need to paint them as they develop a patina over time. Their main drawback is the price, as they are relatively expensive compared to other gutters.
3. Stainless Steel Gutter Type
These are perhaps the strongest gutters out there and the hardest to break. They are also rust-free and continue to shine for years. Like copper, the main drawback of this material is also the high price.
4. Vinyl Gutter Type
These are the most cost-efficient and easy to install gutters. They are lightweight, rust-proof, and never corrode. They come in precut sections making them easy to manage and can even be installed on your own. The main drawback of vinyl gutters is that they are not effective in extremely cold conditions because, in those conditions, they crack and grow brittle.
5. Seamless or Sectional? Which is the Better Gutter type?
Another factor to take into consideration when choosing a gutter for your home is whether it should be seamless or sectional. Sectional gutters are available in sections then joined and fastened during gutter installation. The main disadvantage in these gutters is that the joints and seams where the gutters meet are usually where the gutters fail over time and have problems. Thus the obvious advantage of seamless gutters is that they have no such seams. The main consideration between seamless or sectional is the price.
If you can afford the extra cost for seamless gutters, they are the better choice.
You should also be aware of your municipal regulations and restrictions on gutter installations. In addition, it is important to consider the average rainfall rates in your area so that you can choose a suitable size for your gutter. If you are still unsure about choosing the best type of gutters for your home, contact us at Clarke & Rush, and we will take care of the rest.