Well, it’s come time for you to start planning out the purchase of new gutters for your home, either due to recently replacing the roof, adding them to your home, or simply come time to replace your existing gutters.
Often never noticed, rain gutters occupy a prominent place on many homes. They are frequently perched at the edge of a slanted roof where they are not only a critical part of a building’s infrastructure, but they also create a visual outline of your home’s architecture. When it comes time to select new gutters, there are a lot of things to keep in mind: style, color, material type, cost, and longevity are all factors to consider.
Perhaps the first factor to consider is color. If unpainted copper or zinc would work with your exterior, you may want to invest in one of these long-lasting materials. Or if you’d prefer to have the gutters blend in with your home’s body or trim color, steel or aluminum gutters (both of which can be painted) may be your best choice.
The second factor is shape, and once again you may want the gutter to blend in as trim or stand alone as its own architectural statement.
Gutters come in a variety of materials:
- Galvanized steel
Copper, zinc, and wood gutters are at the high end of the price spectrum, ranging from $20 to $32 per linear foot including installation (depending on area and metal gauge). Though expensive, they last longer; copper and zinc gutters have the added benefit of requiring no paint and little maintenance.
Copper weathers from a bright finish to an understated brown and verdigris that blends well with stone, wood, and Mediterranean style homes. Zinc has an understated, uniform gray finish that works well with a variety of styles.
Galvanized steel; “galvalume” (steel with a zinc and aluminum coating), and aluminum are in the medium price range of from $6 to $10 per linear foot, including installation. Aluminum is the most commonly used material and has the benefit of being corrosion-resistant.
Easy to install and corrosion-resistant, vinyl gutters cost as little as $3 per linear foot, including installation, but have a tendency to expand and contract during warm or cold weather, causing them to crack and break. It’s best to avoid vinyl if you live in an area with extreme temperature changes.