Choosing gutter material is only one of the decisions you’ll need to make during the gutter replacement process. But it can have a major effect on your home’s look and how long your gutters last.
The top four gutter material choices are aluminum, steel, vinyl and copper. Your choice may depend on your home’s design and style as well as the climate where you live.
Which gutter material is best for your home? Explore the pros and cons of these four options before you decide.
Aluminum: It’s No. 1
Aluminum is the most popular choice for gutters nationwide, but especially in locations with lots of precipitation. Aluminum gutters are rust-proof, so you don’t have to worry about corrosion.
They’re also extremely lightweight, so they’re easy to install. They can be manufactured seamlessly, lessening the chances of leaks and water damage. You can also paint them to match your home’s design. Their flexibility and affordability set them apart from other options.
Steel: Unmatched Durability
Steel is indestructible, and stainless steel is rust-proof as well. The only downside? Steel gutters are heavy and take more time and materials to successfully install. This makes them more expensive, so it’s not the most budget-friendly option.
Vinyl: Low-Cost and Easy to Install
Vinyl is the cheapest option, and when low price is the priority, this is the gutter material homeowners choose. It will never rust. But it has drawbacks you shouldn’t ignore, especially if you own a home in Utah. Vinyl won’t stand up to bitterly cold temperatures — it will become brittle and crack, leading to leaks.
Vinyl isn’t the most durable gutter material either, and that’s why homeowners living in climates with extreme temperatures typically avoid this choice.
Copper: Pricey but Beautiful
Copper is a high-end choice, with homeowners paying up to $20 per foot for this gutter material. It never rusts and it has a distinct style, making it ideal for homes of a traditional or historic design. Copper develops a natural patina over time, so it ages gracefully and lasts for decades. It requires little maintenance, so homeowners see a long-term, high return on their initial investment.
Need More Guidance?
Wizard Screens and Gutter can answer all your questions about gutter material — we are the experts, after all. Give us a call when you’re planning a gutter replacement project and get a free quote so you can compare your options and find the ideal choice for your home.