IMG_2950Gutters are important components in protecting your home from moisture damage. They are composed of metal channels that are attached to the edges of a roof, which collect water and draw it down and away from the house and its foundation. Gutters are typically made of one of four materials, each with their own advantage:

Aluminum

Aluminum is a very durable material that is rust resistant and can hold a lot of rainfall. While moderately priced, the price will go up in relation to the thickness of the metal. Thick aluminum ensures that the gutters last longer and carries consistently.

Galvanized Steel

Regarded as the most economical, galvanized steel gutters are durable and reasonably priced. However, there can be some rust issues if not coated.

Vinyl (PVC)

Vinyl gutters are made from un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride, which is a lighter, lower-maintenance material that is easy to repair and doesn’t require a paint job. Vinyl gutters are not suited for extremely hot climates, as they can become brittle and crack.

Copper

Copper gutters are extremely durable, rust resistant, and easy to maintain. They are typically more expensive because they can be custom designed and require specialized installation skills.