Gutter Materials - Aluminum, Copper, Steel | Best Pick Reports
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.
Unfortunately, as the thickness of the aluminum increases, so does the
cost of the gutter.
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.
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.