Need New Gutters? Your Top 3 Metal Material Options

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Need New Gutters? Your Top 3 Metal Material Options

26 March 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


When you have new gutters installed on your home, one of the most important choices you will make is about the material you want the gutters to be made from. You have a wide range of metal choices. You can have aluminum, steel, or even copper gutters installed on your home.

Material Choice #1: Aluminum

When it comes to the popular vote, aluminum wins. Aluminum gutters are one of the most widely installed gutters. They are very lightweight. Their lightweight nature makes them easy for both professionals and do-it-yourselfers to install these types of gutters.

Additionally, even though they are made from metal, aluminum gutters do not rust, so you don't have to worry about them looking unsightly on your home as they age. When it comes to style, you can purchase aluminum in a wide range of colors that will complement the rest of your home or you can even paint the gutters to ensure they match your home. You can even have seamless aluminum gutters installed if you have a professional install the gutters. 

Material Choice #2: Steel

When it comes to the strength vote, steel gutters wine. They are extremely strong and are not easy to break. If you live in a place where strong storms are a common occurrence, steel gutters will not get damaged.

Although steel gutters can last for decades, rust can become an issue after about a decade when the protective coating on the gutters starts to wear off. Like aluminum gutters, steel gutters come in many colors and can also be painted to match your home.

Unlike aluminum gutters, steel gutters are heavy and are not recommended for do-it-yourselfers, only for professionals, when it comes to the installation process. Seamless steel gutters can be installed as well. 

Material Choice #3: Zinc

When it comes to classy gutters, zinc gutters win. Zinc gutters have a metal appearance that can give your home a classy look. They are very long-lasting, and they do not rust over time like steel gutters. The biggest change you will see to your zinc gutters is that they will eventually develop a patina over the years.

These gutters are expensive to install, in part because of the quality and price of the material and in part because they must be welded together on-site.

When it comes to metal gutters, you have a wide range of options available to you. You can install affordable aluminum gutters, strong steel gutters, or classy and long-lasting zinc gutters.

Contact a company like Wrights Gutters & Guards for more information.