Rain Gutter Materials Explained: Which One’s Best for Your Home?

Rain gutters are not something that many people think of too often –until something goes wrong and it comes time to replace them.

When it comes to choosing rain gutters for your home, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the varying prices, materials, and options that are available to choose from; but actually, choosing rain gutters isn’t difficult, and doesn’t take long.

By weighing up your options, considering your budget, location, and preferred level of maintenance, you can easily determine which material is best for you.

To help make the process easier, we have compiled a list of common rain gutter materials. Read on to discover which material is best for your home.

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is one of the best rain gutter materials available. Stainless steel is strong, resists rust, and generally last a long time. While stainless steel requires a higher initial investment, stainless steel is durable, and can last for years.

Copper rain gutters are especially sought after. Copper is durable and strong, and the blue color of oxidized copper is a beautiful color that many people appreciate. The only downside to copper is the initial cost.

Aluminum rain gutters are an affordable option. They are also lightweight however, which means that they are easily dented. If you live in an area prone to wind storms, falling tree limbs, or stray basketballs, you might want to consider a different material. Aluminum rain gutters are also prone to corrosion, and are generally not recommended for coastal areas.

Galvanized Steel
Galvanized steel rain gutters are stronger than aluminum, they are more durable, and resist dents much better. However, galvanized steel rain gutters are prone to rust, and will eventually need replaced due to this factor. To help galvanized steel gutters to last longer, these gutters should be treated regularly with rust inhibitors and kept clear from standing water.

Vinyl rain gutters are one of the most economical options. Vinyl is lightweight and fairly maintenance free. Unfortunately though, vinyl is more fragile and prone to warping and cracking in the heat. Vinyl also becomes brittle in extremely cold weather.

For more information on rain gutters, or downspouts, contact Ace Roofing and Construction, your Indianapolis roofing, siding, and rain gutter installation specialists. We would be happy to answer any questions you have, and can help you to find rain gutters that are perfect for your home or business.