Gutter Materials

Gutters can be made out of a variety of different materials. Each material has different properties and also different costs.

Aluminum. Aluminum gutters are the most common. They are cost effective and typically last more than 20 years. Seamless aluminum gutters can be manufactured to fit specific homes and are available in a variety of sizes and designs. However, aluminum gutters are susceptible to dents, such as those inflicted by a ladder. In general, the higher the gauge or thickness of the aluminum used to make the gutter, the longer the gutter will last.

Copper. Copper gutters are expensive to manufacture, and installation is labor intensive. However, many consider the elegant look of copper gutters worth the added cost. The newly installed bright copper acquires its characteristic green patina within about ten years. Well-maintained copper gutters can last the life of the house.

Galvanized. Galvanized gutters are steel gutters coated with a layer of zinc. This type of gutter is strong but also prone to rust. Galvanized gutters were popular many years ago.