Gutters are an essential part of any roofing system, as they move water away from your roof and home, preventing water damage and mold and mildew growth. However, there are many different types of gutters available, each of which provides a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding what each type of gutter has to offer can help you choose the gutter system that best fits your home's needs.
- K Style: These types of gutters have flat sides, and the front is usually a decorative shape that resembles a crown molding. They have a large capacity and come in many different styles, which allows you to choose the one that best fit
- U Style: Also called half round gutters, U style gutters appear like a tube that's been cut in half. U style gutters tend to be more affordable than their counterparts, but they also have a lower overall capacity, which means that they may not function properly in heavy rainfall.
- Aluminum: The most common type of material used for gutter systems, aluminum is extremely lightweight, which makes it very easy to work with, reducing overall installation time and cost. It is also naturally rust resistant, which helps extend the lifespan of the gutters themselves. However, aluminum can be easily damaged by falling debris, as it is an especially malleable metal. Aluminum gutters can be made to be seamless, in which gutters are custom made to fit your home in single pieces, reducing the likelihood of a leak occurring (though at an increased cost).
- Copper: Also naturally rust resistant, copper is an extremely durable metal. It can withstand physical trauma with ease, and will develop a gorgeous green patina over time due to weather exposure. However, copper is also exceedingly expensive, which makes this a less than ideal option for most homeowners.
- Vinyl: Vinyl gutters are similar to aluminum gutters in that they are fairly affordable and lightweight, which makes the installation process easier. However, vinyl gutters do not hold up well to cold weather, and can crack when the temperature drops below freezing. Furthermore, vinyl gutters will fade over time due to sunlight exposure, which can ruin the aesthetic of your home.
- Zinc: Zinc gutters are similar to copper gutters, in that they are naturally rust resistant and highly durable. They will also develop a patina over time though it will be a darker blue-gray color. However, zinc gutters are also extremely expensive (though somewhat less so than their copper counterparts), mainly because they need professional installation (from professionals such as those from Eagle Eavestroughing), as zinc gutters need to be welded together to function properly.