Aluminum, Copper, Or Zinc? The Advantages Of Metal Gutters

When it comes to your home's gutters, you have several options, including vinyl rain gutters. While vinyl gutters are a good, inexpensive option suitable for some, metal is typically preferred. Here's is a look at the most popular metal gutter choices available to homeowners.

Aluminum Gutters

Lightweight and inexpensive, aluminum gutters are probably the most popular choice for gutters. Aluminum gutters are a good choice for people who live in an area of the country with extreme climates, as they won't crack from dramatic temperature changes. They come in a wide variety of colors, and because they are simply styled and can be chosen in a color that blends with the rest of the house, they are good for any type of architectural style. Quality aluminum gutters can be expected to last anywhere from 15-25 years. If you're handy and don't mind heights, aluminum gutters are also a good project for do-it-yourselfers.

Copper Gutters

If you have an old home, especially if it is on the historic register, copper gutters may be the perfect choice for you. They aren't cheap, but they probably last longer than any other gutter. It's not unheard of for copper gutters to last for an entire century. They're strong, and they hold up well to whatever the weather throws at them, including extreme temperatures and a maritime climate. They are also arguably the most beautiful of the gutter options. While they start out as bright and shiny as a new penny, they will eventually develop a patina called verdigris, where they take on a lovely blueish-green color from oxidation. They also require virtually no maintenance as they don't need to be painted and will never fade from the sun. When you consider their longevity, beauty, and lack of maintenance, they are well worth the price.

Zinc Gutters

Gutters made from this silver-colored element are a great option for those who live in rainy climates. Zinc naturally repels moss from growing on the roof, a common occurrence in temperate zones that receive a lot of precipitation. Zinc gutters are also a great green option as they are easily recycled when their long life is through. They may also start out with a large degree of recycled material. Like copper, zinc doesn't need to be painted and will also eventually develop a patina where it becomes darker over time. You can also buy a product that speeds up the patina and creates a pattern or color. Unlike copper, zinc gutters don't come with as high an entry price point. They won't last quite as long, either, but they will provide service for many years to come.  

Contact a local company for more information about gutter installation.