There are several gutter types to choose from for use on your home. The material choices are steel, copper, aluminum, vinyl, and wood. There are construction style options as well including seamless and sectional gutters.
1. Steel Gutters
Steel is an extremely strong and durable material. However, untreated steel is susceptible to weathering since it can rust after a period of time.
2. Copper Gutters
Copper is one of the most attractive materials for a gutter. They hold up to the weather well. They do oxidize over time but for many people the green patina is attractive.
3. Aluminum Gutters
Aluminum is lightweight making it easier to install than some other gutters. It is also among the most affordable options. It doesn’t have the strength of steel but weathers just about as well. They may require more maintenance than other materials, particularly if they are painted.
4. Vinyl Gutters
Vinyl gutters are also lightweight and they require the least maintenance. They come in various colors to coordinate with the house. They can crack or split if exposed to extreme temperatures. Vinyl gutters are also affected by the ultraviolet rays of the sun which can cause the vinyl to break down.
5. Wood Gutters
Gutters made of wood are a thing of the past. Unless you're trying to make an historically accurate restoration, you wouldn't they are not used very often. Compared to other materials they are very expensive, required skilled craftsmen to install, and are susceptible to termites and rotting.
6. Integral Gutters
This guttering system is built into the construction of the home. There is a channel put between the fascia and the roof that guides the water to a downspout. Leaks to an integral gutter are more likely to cause damage to the roof or structure of the home.
7. Seamless Gutter
Seamless cutters are made onside with a machine that takes a strip of metal and roll it through the machine forming the profile of the gutter. This onsite construction makes it possible to have as few seams as possible since each section is made to fit. The only seams are at the corners or where a downspout is located. Most new gutters are made in this way because it is affordable and these gutter systems work well.
8. Sectional Gutters
This guttering system comes in lengths that are precut. They are connected together at the time of installation. Some types of materials such as steel, copper, or zinc only come as precut lengths. Sectional gutters are easy to find and transport and are a good option for a do-it-yourselfer. The gutters must be carefully planned and cut to have as little wasted sections as possible.
When choosing gutters for your home consider the style of your home, the price, the maintenance you are willing to do, if they will be professionally installed and the weather conditions in your area. The right gutters will be an attractive and functional part of your home.