You’re outfitting your home with new gutters: what material should you choose?
When it comes to home decorating choices such as painting your house or choosing new siding, you probably have a lot of opinions. You want a home that looks good and lasts for a long time. However, when it comes time to choose new gutters, you may not feel the same way. After all, there’s only one kind of gutter, right? Wrong: gutters come in many different materials. Choosing the best material for your gutters is both a matter of aesthetics and a matter of finding the right material that will last.
Your Menu of Gutter Options
What materials exist on the gutter market? There’s your friendly aluminum, the most common gutter material around. It’s light and comes in various colors. There’s vinyl, the budget option which is inexpensive and easy to install but may not have the longevity of other materials, particularly in harsh climates. There’s steel, which is strong, heavy, rust-resistant, and must be professionally installed. There are zinc and copper, two higher-end options that are both beautiful and expensive. How can you choose between all of these varied gutters on the menu for your home?
Choose gutters that will last so that you don’t need to replace them frequently.
Look at the Initial Cost and the Cost Over Time
Sometimes your main priority is to complete a renovation such as a gutter replacement at a low cost while maintaining high quality standards. If the price is a concern for you, you’ll want to examine your options for vinyl and aluminum gutters. These lightweight and DIY-friendly products are the cheapest options for your gutter renovation. However, make sure that you consider the long-term costs of your gutters as well. For example, vinyl gutters are more susceptible to cracking in severe cold, and their colors can fade over time.
Choose a gutter product that has the longevity that you need. For instance, you may decide to look into seamless aluminum gutters that have a slightly higher cost but are less prone to warping and leaks. This means that you’ll need to clear, repair, and replace your gutters less frequently.
Keep Your Home Looking Good
If your priority is good-looking gutters, copper gutters are beautiful and last for a long time. They begin with a burnished copper look, but over time develop a patina. They’re often used on higher-end homes and historic homes.
If you’d like to have gutters that match your home, look at steel gutters. They come in many different color options. Aluminum gutters also come in different colors, and you can paint them to match your home.
If you’d like to keep your home looking neat, you can purchase seamless aluminum gutters. These gutters are made of aluminum but are custom-made to fit your home. Fewer seams equal less warping and sagging, and that looks good on any home. Adding a gutter cover to your gutter replacement project also helps your gutters look good. Gutter covers allow water to flow into the gutters while sending leaves and other debris to the ground below. This keeps your gutters looking tidy all year round.
At Harry Helmet, we’re here to help you make the right decisions for your home. Whether you’re adding awnings or building a new roof, we want to make sure that your home is well-protected. Contact us today to learn how our gutter replacement products and gutter covers can help protect your home.