Gutters are essential in helping to preserve the foundations and walls of your home. They carry water away from your home's foundation and help to prevent flooding. Without proper gutters and downspouts you run the risk of foundation flooding and prematurely crumbling or cracking.
Types of Gutters & Downspouts
The single largest factor in determining the cost of installing gutters and downspouts in your home is the type of gutter you choose. Since gutter prices from a professional usually include the cost of installation, you can get a good idea of your entire costs when speaking to an installation pro.
Aluminum Gutters & Downspouts
Aluminum gutters and downspouts are very commonly used, since they are effective at carrying water away from your home, lightweight, easy to install, and inexpensive. However, because it is lightweight, aluminum can be more easily damaged over time and therefore might need repair or replacement sooner than more durable materials.
Steel Gutters & Downspouts
Steel gutters and downspouts will be more expensive than aluminum but might be the better choice if you live in a part of the country where you experience harsh weather conditions. They are stronger and heavier than aluminum and so they will withstand harsher conditions and last longer. They are not any more effective in their ability to move water away from your home's foundation. The reason you would choose steel is for durability and longevity.
Copper Gutters & Downspouts
Copper gutters and downspouts are effective in their function but are chosen mostly for their aesthetic appeal. Over time copper develops a patina (tarnish) that can be very beautiful and add a lot of beauty and charm to your home. Copper is much more expensive than other gutter materials and is chosen primarily for how it looks. If you have the desire and budget for copper gutters, just keep in mind the color will change over time, and you cannot always predict how it will appear.
Vinyl Gutters & Downspouts
Choose vinyl gutters and downspouts when you want a very affordable option and do not live in a climate that experiences extreme weather conditions, either hot or cold. When they are in good shape, vinyl gutters and downspouts are very effective in moving water away from your foundation, but they are not durable and do not stand the test of time.
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