Which Type of Gutter Should You Choose

Aluminum versus steel is a common consideration in choosing gutters. When it comes to choosing gutters for your roof, many people ask about the differences between aluminum and steel. Both are efficient and both come in a variety of colors that can easily match your house. Yet, each has unique strengths and advantages: steel is a bit stronger, for instance, but aluminum is easier to install and, in some cases, may be more immune to rusting. In a nutshell, when deciding between aluminum and steel, it really comes down to your home’s specific needs.

A good starting point is to consider the climate where you live. Climates with temperatures that greatly fluctuate, with very hot summers and cold winters, can wreck havoc on a gutter system. For this reason, the strength of steel may greatly benefit. Climates that tend to be cool year long, such as mountain homes, may benefit from aluminum. Aluminum gutters are known for maintaining their strength in extremely cold conditions.

Your budget is also something you should consider. In general, steel gutters will cost much more than aluminum, in some cases their price by foot is double. This is because you are paying for steel’s strength. Aluminum gutters, though not as durable, are still very efficient and a good choice is you are shopping on a budget.

The next question you should ask yourself is why you want new gutters. Perhaps you are moving and want to upgrade to increase your home’s value. Or, maybe you are staying put for years to come and want your home to reek of charm and perfection. If you are doing the latter, steel is often the best choice. This is because it often looks more sophisticated and homey than aluminum. If you are moving, however, aluminum is very feasible. It is affordable and easy to install and will function very well for the next owners.

Lastly, it is important to keep in mind the degree of labor involved with rain gutters. If you are installing gutters yourself, or with the help of a friend of neighbor, aluminum is almost always a better choice. Aluminum is lightweight and shouldn’t give you many headaches or difficulties. Steel, however, can be quite heavy. If you are opting for steel, it is often best to use a professional installation service.

For assistance with gutter installation and repair, call Campbell Beard Roofing today. We have the experience and product knowledge to help make sure you get the best gutter solution for your home and individual needs.