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Most gutters on homes today are made of aluminum. It's inexpensive and lightweight and resists corrosion. In addition, aluminum is available in a range of colors, so it can be easily matched with a home's exterior color scheme. While it is very popular, aluminum isn't the only gutter material option available. There are several others, and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Northern Kentucky roofers suggest exploring whether other metals or vinyl might be a better choice.

The biggest disadvantage to other gutter materials is cost. Many builders and homeowners prefer aluminum because of how inexpensive it is, but with a slightly larger budget, more options become available. Galvanized steel is an option that is generally stronger than aluminum and is more resistant to damage. Unlike aluminum, however, galvanized steel can be susceptible to rust. Zinc and aluminum coating can be added to the steel to alleviate this concern while maintaining strength, but doing so adds an additional cost. The final disadvantage to steel is its weight. Because it's heavier than other materials, it can be much more difficult to install and maintain.

Zinc gutters are also a more durable choice than aluminum. Zinc doesn't usually require any finishing or painting, so its appearance won't degrade over time. However, zinc gutters have seams and joints that need to be welded, which increases the cost of installation.

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The final common metal choice on the market is copper. Copper is extremely expensive, but it offers an unmatched visual appeal. It's an excellent choice for upscale homes. Copper doesn't rust, and it will even develop a beautiful patina over the years.

Vinyl gutters, like aluminum ones, are available in a wide range of colors, and they can easily complement a home's vinyl siding. In some instances, they can even be cheaper than aluminum. Despite the visual upsides and low price, they're not nearly as durable as metal gutters, and they have to be replaced more frequently. They most commonly come in sections, and while this can be an advantage during purchasing and installation, it increases the likelihood of leaks when compared to the performance of seamless gutters. Vinyl is also vulnerable to changes in temperature, and it can crack when exposed to very cold environments.

With all the gutter material options available on the market, it can be hard to strike a balance between functionality, durability, look and price. A roofing professional will be able to answer all the questions you have about these materials and help you make a choice that prioritizes the things you think are important.

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