5 Types Of Materials to Consider For Gutter Replacement

24 March 2020 | Construction

People often overlook the importance of a gutter system, until theirs overflows, get’s clogged or get’s damaged due to ice and snow.

Especially with Summer winking at you, it is time to pay attention. A simple cleaning may be all that your gutters require, or it might need a replacement altogether. If you’re opting for replacement, there is a selection of sizes, shapes and materials at your disposal to choose from. Aside from costly, maintenance-heavy wooden ones or short-lived vinyl gutters, the most efficient option for most would be copper, metal, zinc, steel, or aluminium. Metal gutters are strong and necessitate little maintenance.

What Does The Costs Involve?

The most affordable choice is vinyl, coated steel and aluminium between $1 and $8 per linear foot and the priciest ones are zinc and copper between $9 and $18 per foot. The costs do notinclude installation.
What Does The Costs Involve

Is It Better To Hire A Professional Or DIY?

Straight sections of aluminium or vinyl that you get can buy online or at home centers can be done by yourself. However, if your home exceeds one storey, or if you want the job to be seamless, it’s worth investing in a professional like American Choice Exteriors to provide
custom-made gutters for your home.

How Long Do Gutters Last?

Gutters can last a few years or a lifetime, contingent on the chosen material and how well they are maintained and installed.

How Much Upkeep Is Required?

If trees are towering over them, you must do periodic cleaning despite gutter guards being installed. Pine needles especially are known for clogging gutter systems.

Different Material Types

Different Material Types

Vinyl is the most cost-effective and DIY-friendly choice since the partitions just snap together. Your color choices are restricted, but they can be painted. Vinyl is rut and rot-resistant but can become brittle due to intense sun or extremely cold weather conditions. It is prone to bending or bowing under heavy wind, rain, and snow loads. Check for a warranty of twenty years at least.


This well-liked, affordable material is rust-resistant and is available in various colors, including those that resemble zinc and copper. They can be bought in sections that are held together by screws or rivets and caulk-sealed or in seamless. Medium-weight and lightweight aluminium is prone to dent or bent, but heavyweight aluminium does last longer, for about twenty-five years.


Steel is usually coated in zinc (galvanized), blended with chrome (stainless steel), or coated in a zinc aluminium alloy (Galvalume) to prevent rust. It can be bought in sections or in seamless. Sections must be soldered. Galvanized steel can last between eight and fifteen years before showing rust. Galvalume comes with a twenty-five-year warranty, however stainless steel doesn’t rust at all. Select 26-gauge or thicker.


Durable, rust-resistant and wear to a pleasing matte grey. It involves professional installation due to the high expansion and contraction rate due to weather fluctuations. Seams are soldered, however it’s trickier than the case is with copper. It can last between thirty and fifty years, contingent on your proximity to the ocean. Zinc is however susceptible to acidic run-off from a cedar-shingled roof.


Never requires painting and it is rust resistant. Copper should last about hundred years in all climates. It’s available in seamless or in sections of sixteen, eighteen, or twenty ounces. Seams must be soldered. Copper oxidizes to matte brown color after a few months, and blue green through the decades. If you prefer grey gutters that don’t stain, opt for tin-zinc or lead-coated copper.

This post has originally been featured in Residence Style.