Picking out new gutters seems like a simple enough choice to make in comparison to some more complicated home remodeling projects, and with the right gutter company, it should be a painless process.

However, gutters are a critical line of defense against the destructive force that improperly drained water can have on a home. Poorly maintained gutter systems can lead to wood rot, foundation cracks, pavement unsettling, pest infestations, and basement water damage. 

Careful thought should be given to avoid long-term headaches and costly repairs.

This four-part series takes a closer look at the most popular rain gutter materials and their associated advantages and disadvantages. Gutters are typically priced by the foot, and the price can vary according to the thickness, otherwise known as the gauge, as well as the size, shape, and type of installation.

Aluminum gutters are widely installed on homes today and with good reason. Their relatively low cost coupled with long-term strength makes them an ideal choice for many households. 

Aluminum gutters are available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. While some aluminum gutters are installed as sectionals, many professionals will fashion seamless gutters on-site that are customized to your home’s specifications.

Take a look at the following to explore some of the pros and cons of aluminum gutters:

Average Life Expectancy: Over 20 Years

Advantages of Aluminum Gutters

 
  • Can be customized on-site into seamless gutters that fit perfectly on your home
  • Will not rust or thin over time
  • low in cost when compared to other gutter metals
  • Easy installation given the lightweight material and seamless construction
  • Comes prepainted with baked-on enamel that is available in many colors

Disadvantages of Aluminum Gutters

 
  • More susceptible to dents and other damage from ladders or falling limbs
  • Expand and contract with temperature changes more than other materials, which may cause a split or tear on a long piece
  • Costs can rise when urchasing thicker, more durable versions
  • If you opt for sectional instead of seamless gutters, sealant will need to be reapplied periodically to prevent leaks
  • Everything outside will weather eventually, so the gutters will need to be repainted

Many homeowners find that aluminum gutters are a great choice given their resistance to rust, relatively low cost, and color options. In general, it’s best to purchase a thicker gauge when subject to snow loads.

To learn more about additional rain gutter materials, check out our blog articles detailing the advantages and disadvantages of copper, steel, and vinyl gutters.

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