Homeowners have plenty of options to choose from when deciding on a guttering system for their homes. Gutters are made in a variety of materials including copper, wood, vinyl, galvanized steel, and aluminum. Many factors play into the decision for homeowners. Some worry primarily about how the gutters will look, and pay special attention to color and style, while others are more concerned about function and maintenance. But no matter what your top priority is in choosing gutters for your home, you will want to pick something that is efficient and suits your needs.
Aluminum gutters are the most popular choice for homeowners because aluminum gutters are both durable and inexpensive. Aluminum gutters will certainly get the job done and come in a variety of colors. Another benefit of choosing aluminum is that the gutters will not rust.
Aluminum vs. Galvanized Steel
When it comes to choosing gutters, some homeowners narrow down the choices to aluminum and galvanized steel. This is understandable, as there are benefits to choosing either, but the differences are definitely something to look at when it comes to choosing gutters for your home. The choice between galvanized steel and aluminum gutters is a serious consideration for many homeowners. There are a few things you should know.
Both galvanized steel and aluminum gutters are cheap in comparison with other materials. However, the downside to choosing galvanized steel is that it is susceptible to rust, and will eventually begin to rust. Painting your gutters will help as well. And if you have steel gutters that have begun to rust, removing the rust and painting a corrosion-resistant primer onto the gutters where the rust was found will help to extend the life of your guttering system.
Aluminum gutters do not rust and they are still inexpensive, which makes them the most popular choice. If you are going with aluminum you should make sure to choose primary aluminum and go with the thickest aluminum that you can afford. This will ensure that your gutters will last longer. Aluminum gutters can last decades, especially if you keep them clean.
Both aluminum and steel gutters come in a variety of colors that you can match to your home.
When making your decision discuss your needs and concerns with a professional. You should make sure to get several bids in order to get the best price and make sure that the quoted price includes the gutters, downspouts, corner joints, hanging brackets, and end caps.
Let Scott-Lee Guttering help you make the right choice for your home when it comes to gutter installation or repair. Contact us at our St. Louis location at (314) 756-9440 and for our St. Charles location at (636) 441-3800.