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Aluminum vs. Galvanized Gutters

03/15/2017
Aluminum vs. Galvanized Gutters

Although gutters are glamorous, they are essential for routing roof runoff away from your home. They serve to keep basements and crawl spaces dry, preserve topsoil, protect siding, and shield windows and doors from water damage. While comparing aluminum and galvanized steel rain gutters is quite easy, contrasting them can be a nightmare. They both tend to be similar in price, resist rust, and are durable, but there are differences that can help make or break your decision on which is best for your home.

Aluminum Rain Gutters

Pros:
• Resist rust better than galvanized steel gutters and won’t thin over time.
• Easy installation due to its lightweight material.
• Tends to last longer than galvanized steel with a 20 + year lifespan.

Cons:
• Durable but can dent easily from ladders, tree limbs, ice, or hail.
• Hot temperatures or rapidly changing temps can lead to splits, cracks, and damage.

Galvanized Steel Rain Gutters

Pros:
• Better than aluminum at resisting dents.
• Can withstand hot or rapidly changing environments as they are resistant towards thermal warping.
• Do not easily damage from ladders, tree limbs, ice, or hail.

Cons:
• Rusts faster than aluminum and must be maintained through checking the zinc layer.
• Heavy material, which makes installation more difficult.

Both steel and aluminum gutters are the types most homeowners prefer, with prices generally ranging from $4 to $9 per linear foot installed. Regardless of your material choice, it is essential to carefully select your professional installer, such as MAC Construction and Roofing. A roofing contractor can answer all imperative questions and help you decide on which material best suits your needs. Contact us today to find out more information about gutter installation and maintenance.