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Common gutter materials

What Are the Most Common Gutter Materials?

Gutter systems play an essential role in protecting homes from outdoor damage. If the gutters do not channel water away from the house properly, serious issues such as wood rot, soil erosion, foundation cracks, paint peeling and mold growth could arise as a result.

Gutters come in various styles and materials, each offering its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Selecting the appropriate material for your home can significantly affect its lifespan and price point.

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What materials are commonly used in DIY gutter installation projects?

The three most popular gutter materials for DIY installation projects are aluminum, galvanized steel and copper. Aluminum gutters are an economical and long-term choice that’s easy to work with; making them a good fit in many climates. Copper adds beauty and value to a home’s curb appeal with proper care lasting decades with seamless systems sold as seamless systems; this eliminates joints for better weather resistance.

Stainless steel gutters may cost more than their aluminum counterparts, but their superior durability and weather resistance make them worth every cent spent. Easy to work with and paintable, galvanized steel gutters may cost less but won’t last as long before rusting develops over time – galvanized is usually combined with downspouts, end caps and elbow joints to complete a complete system.