Did you know that there are actually several different types of gutters? Each type has their own advantages and disadvantages to each one. So the type of gutter you need with be dependent on your budget and your needs. So before you get overwhelmed with all the options available, here is a list of the most common types of gutters:
This type of gutter is used the most often because it is lightweight and fairly easy to install. Aluminum doesn’t rust, and you can paint it to match your house.
This is a more costly option because they are made on the job site. An installer brings a large spool of aluminum and forms it on a machine to the length that is needed for your home. This is a very common option and without seams, you eliminate the instance of seams, which can spring leaks.
Copper gutters are widely regarded as the nicest looking gutters and they add a decorative element to your home. One thing to think about when considering copper gutters is that when copper oxidizes it turns green. This can be a good thing if a green patina will look nice on your home. This is not a DIY option because the seams in the gutter need to be welded.
This is a good option because steel gutters are very strong. Galvanized steel resists rust for a while, but they may start rusting in 5-10 years. They come in many different colors and can be painted, so you can get them to match your house. This is not a recommended option for DIY because steel is very heavy. These gutters can be pretty pricey.
These are very similar to copper gutters in style, but not in color. Just like copper, they require a pro installation because they need to be welded. Zinc is generally used in high-end homes and on historic restorations because it is very decorative and quite pricey. Zinc won’t rust but it will develop a patina over time, which is something to consider.
This is a great option for DIY because vinyl gutters are lightweight and easy to install. Although they are not highly recommended for a variety of reasons. There aren’t many colors to choose from, and the colors you can get are likely to fade in sunlight. They are not very strong and will not support a ladder leaning against them. They are also likely to crack in severely cold weather.
If your home has gone 15-20 years with the same gutters, it’s a good idea to look for signs of wear and tear. It’s also a good idea to look for signs of water damage around your foundation and on your siding. If you see any of these signs, you should start considering replacing your gutters.