Gutter Materials in Texas

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 on site to exact lengths and are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Aluminum gutters do not rust, and the baked-on enamel coating can last for many years. However, a small downside is that aluminum gutters are more susceptible to dents if abused. If gutters are painted, paint warranties vary by manufacturer.

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 color 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 it is also prone to rust. Galvanized gutters are becoming less common.