What is the best material to use for gutters?

Every homeowner is committed to the best protection and care for their property. If you are a homeowner in Westchester, rain gutters are crucial in protecting your house. They channel the rainwater from the roof to a specific spot on the ground, thus protecting your home against water damage.

However, you need to choose the material to use for gutters carefully if you want maximum protection for your property. For example, wood was a popular material for constructing gutters in the past but is rarely used nowadays due to its vulnerability to rotting and weathering.

Here are some great materials to use for gutters recommended by our experts at George’s Seamless Gutters.

Aluminum

Aluminum is a popular material for gutters and comes in three standard thicknesses of .032 inch, .027 inch, and .025 inch. If you live in an area that experiences heavy snowfall, the thicker aluminum is ideal since it is not likely to dent or bend.

Pros

  • Won’t rust
  • Lightweight
  • Available in multiple colors
  • The lifespan of up to 25 years

Con

  • Can bend or dent

Steel

Steel gutters last longer than aluminum gutters, especially in areas with severe climates. You may want to choose galvanized steel over stainless steel types as they are more resistant to rust.

Pros

  • Very strong
  • Good for all types of weather
  • you can paint them

Con

  • Heavy

Copper

Copper gutters won’t weaken in the hottest summers or coldest freeze, thus ideal for any type of weather. Copper gives a unique and beautiful glow, although it eventually changes to a greenish patina.

Pros

  • Extremely durable lasting for up to 100 years
  • Do not require painting
  • Won’t warp or rust

Con

  • Relatively expensive

Vinyl

If you are looking for a cheap material to use for the gutter, you may consider vinyl. It is easy to cut and snap together. If you live in climates that are less severe, the gutters can last for about 20 years.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • You can paint them
  • resistant to salty air damage
  • Won’t rust or corrode

Con

  • Color fades with bright sun exposure

Zinc

Zinc gutters are highly durable and can last up to 50 years. They have a dull gray color at the beginning but change to an attractive patina with time.

Pros

  • Resist corrosion, warping, and weathering
  • Long-lasting

Con

  • Expensive

Work with seamless gutter installation experts today!

Working with local experts is the best way to ensure you choose the best gutter material for your area. At George’s Seamless Gutters, we are locals, and we know the specifics of Westchester. Contact us for consultation and seamless gutter installation services in your Westchester home.

Our Customers

  • “George came out quickly when called and gave us some recommendations and an estimate. We were given an appointment quickly for installation and the gutters were up before we knew it. They were efficient, professional, and neat.”

    Barbara N.,Gutter Installation -Westchester
  • “George is a pleasure to work with, from estimate to job completion. His crew was courteous, professional, worked quickly and cleaned up behind them. I have already recommended George to a friend who also hired George. ”

    Kathy H.,Gutter Installation -Westchester

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