There are many aspects to weigh when deciding what type of gutters to have installed on your home or business. Scott-Lee Guttering Company, Inc has been helping people in St. Louis and St. Charles since 1986 make gutter installation decisions.
Are you planning gutter installation for your home or business property? If so, there are several factors to consider. First you will consider the type of material you want to have installed. You can choose either standard aluminum or upgrade to copper. There are advantages to having both. The more you know about how they compare will help you make the best decision to fit your needs.
Copper vs. Aluminum – Cost
Copper is valued for its superior durability. It is also valued for its unique capacity to add appeal to a home or building design. Gutter appearance is enhanced, so it is not only functional but is also aesthetically appealing. Copper gutters will increase your property’s value.
However, copper is more expensive. But affordability may not be such a factor when you consider that your property will increase in value because of choosing copper gutters.
Aluminum is much less expensive. However, it is not as durable as copper and you may find that you need more gutter repair or replacement. Aluminum will dent and develop holes fairly easily.
Copper vs. Aluminum – Installation
Gutter installation is comparatively similar for both copper and aluminum. Copper is a heavier material, so it may require more reinforcement. Copper gutters do not cut as easily as aluminum for tight areas or for other modifications. Therefore, installation may cost more if this takes additional time and effort to perform.
Aluminum gutters are easy to cut and mold; installation can be done using gutters nails and clamps.
Copper vs. Aluminum – Maintenance
Maintenance will vary between the two types of gutters. Aluminum gutters often corrode, needing touch-ups from time to time. Copper develops a patina, this protects the metal and so it rarely needs maintenance. Copper is very durable in both function and appearance.
However, to avoid damage, copper gutters require special gloves and tools to clean it.
As you can see there are many aspects to weigh when deciding what type of gutters to have installed on your home or business. Scott-Lee Guttering Company, Inc has been helping people in St. Louis and St. Charles since 1986 make gutter installation decisions.
Call us in St. Louis at (314) 756-9440 or in St. Charles at (636) 441-3800. Contact us for a free and professional consultation.