Gutters and Downspouts
Rain gutters are probably not something you’ve given much thought about until they aren’t working properly and you experience water damage on siding or expensive issues with your foundation.
When it’s time to invest in new gutters, one of the first things you’ll need to decide on is which material to use. Depending on your budget, style and the architectural features of your home, your new gutters can be constructed from the following:
Seamless Galvanized Steel Gutters
For about the same price as aluminum, galvanized steel gutters offer the strength that aluminum gutters can’t. Seamless steel gutters cost more to purchase and install, but may not cost more over the long run because of reduced maintenance needs. That said, galvanized metal gutter is a sound option for houses in areas that get extreme climate conditions.
Seamless Aluminum Gutters
Thanks to their easy installation, lower costs, rust resistance and ability to be painted, aluminum gutters are found on more homes in the United States than any other material. They are available in many different gauges, with the thicker widths recommended for snowy climates. The downside of their lighter weight is that they are at risk for damage from branches and debris, or hail as the aluminum gutters dent easily. Gutter hail resistance is very important in areas like Colorado Springs and Denver.
If you are looking for a material that will add to the class and elegance to your home, look no further than copper. This top-of-the-line gutter material never rusts or needs painting, and will develop a gorgeous turquoise patina that is highly sought after by discriminating homeowners. While easy to maintain, copper is the most expensive gutter material in common use.
Although the most affordable, vinyl gutters are not recommended for areas with extreme winters as the colder temperatures can make the vinyl brittle and cause it to crack and break. Vinyl gutters come in 10′ sections and there is a potential for seams to leak water. As a result, while cheaper initially, they can cost more in the long run depending on the climate. Vinyl gutters are the most popular with do-it-yourself homeowners.
Stainless Steel Gutters
For areas with harsh winters like ours, stainless steel gutters are the strongest on the market and they not only hold up in extreme temperatures, but also resist damage from flying storm debris. Even though they are one of the higher priced materials, you’ll actually save money in the long run because they require hardly any maintenance and can resist rust for up to 20 years. This means they will need to be replaced less frequently.
At Seamless Choice Siding & Roofing, we are gutter experts so you don’t have to be. Our experienced home improvement specialists can guide you through the selection process and provide you with a free estimate that includes materials and installation. Whether you are just looking to replace your gutters, or also want to update other exterior elements like siding and roofing, make Seamless Choice your first choice. Call us at (719) 445-7888 before you begin your next project.