With many different materials and colors to choose from, it can be a difficult task deciding what kind of gutter is best for you budget and home. In this post, we will go over the differences and the pros and cons of copper, aluminum, and galvalume seamless gutters. We will leave the different styles of gutter such as K style and half-round for another article.
Aluminum Seamless Gutters
This is by far the most popular choice among seamless gutter consumers. Aluminum gutters are the only ones that come in a multitude of different colors and provide a good quality material at a reasonable price. Properly installed aluminum seamless gutters can last for upwards of 30-40 years on your home if they are maintained by regular cleaning and general maintenance. Aluminum does not rust or corrode and is a great choice for your seamless gutter project.
Copper Seamless Gutters
If you want your home to really pop, copper gutters are for you. They are significantly more expensive than other options but the appearance of copper gutters is guaranteed to increase the curb appeal and value of your home. To add even more aesthetics, you can opt for beautiful rain chains in place of some of your downspouts. One potential drawback of copper is the patina that forms on it after some time. If you love it, get copper gutters! If not, look at the other materials available. Copper seamless gutters can also last upwards of 30-40 years if you properly clean and maintain them on a schedule. Another advantage of copper gutters is that sealant isn’t used in the corners and end caps – they are sealed by being soldered in place permanently.
Galvalume seamless gutters are known for their longevity, and can last up to 75 years if well maintained and cleaned regularly. They only come in a single industrial style finish, however. The cost usually falls somewhere between aluminum and copper. Galvalume is a combination of steel and aluminum with a coating on the outside to seal them. That being said, galvalume gutters must be installed carefully without any scratches that remove the coating. Otherwise, you will have rust/corrosion down the road that can be costly to repair. That is why many gutter installation companies steer customers away from galvalume. However, at Martin’s Seamless Gutters, we are experts in installing all types of gutter and provide a lifetime warranty on our workmanship! Contact us today at 850-324-8000 or contact us online.