Rain Gutter Choices
The three BEST gutter choices are Aluminum, Copper and Galvanized Steel. They are all great rain gutter choices. But which one is best for you depends on your expectations, budget, and the style of house it’s going on.
- Aluminum is by far the most popular metal for gutters because of its low cost, durability, and general good looks. It doesn’t rust and has a long life expectancy of about 30-40 years. It’s available in 31 colors so we can match just about any color on your house. Or you can paint it to match more perfectly if you want to.
- Copper is a high quality metal with a unique style. It’s low maintenance and does not rust. However it does develop a patina over time so it’s well suited for coastal environments. When properly cared for, copper gutters can last for nearly 100 years.
- Galvanized steel gutters are stronger than aluminum and copper. Steel is a popular option for commercial buildings because of their appearance and they last for about 30 years.
All these metals can be formed into three different styles of gutter.
- K-Style rain gutters are very popular and are found on nearly 80% of homes because of their crown molding appearance.
- Straight face gutters are flat and straight on the front side. They look best on sleek modern homes with straight lines. Straight face rain gutters have a larger inside volume and can hold up to 66% more water than a conventional K Style gutter. So that makes them great for large roofs and areas of heavy rainfall where a greater capacity is needed.
- Half-round gutters look like a pipe that is cut it in half lengthwise. These gutters are a popular choice for homes built in the early to mid-20th century because they seem to match period decor. By the way, half round is the primary choice for copper rain gutters.
What type of gutters are best, and why?
Aluminum is the best type of gutter because of its cost efficiency. Meaning, it does its job well for the overall price. Copper is the second best but at a higher price point. Galvanized steel gutters are another great option too, with pricing in between aluminum and copper.
Tell me more about different styles of gutters.
After knowing what type of gutter material is best for you, next you’ll want to choose the style, or the look. Rain gutters choices come in three primary styles: K-style, Straight Face, and half-round.
K-style gutters are the most popular style in use today. They have a crown molding like appearance, making them look stylish and be structurally strong.
Another gutter style is straight face. This shape is tall and flat, just like the name says. The face, or front outer facing side of the gutter, is flat and straight. These gutters carry the most amount of water for their size. The straight flat face helps them blend into the roof-line or look of the house without standing out compared to K-Style gutters.
The final common gutter style is the half-round shape. These have U shaped look. However, this style carries the least amount of water by similar size in contrast to the other two larger volume styles.
Should gutters go all the way around the house?
If you want the full benefit from your gutter system, then yes, they should go all the way around. We position rain gutters to extend beyond the edge of a roof to collect rain water runoff. Gutters go on all sides of a home along the roof edge. This way all the runoff water diverts properly into the right direction away from your home.
How long do gutters last on a house?
Aluminum gutter manufactures claim the life expectancy is 20-30 years, especially when they are seamless gutters. On average, small gutter DIY sections do not last as long as seamless gutters from a professional gutter installer. Aluminum downspouts might last longer than gutters. But it’s always best to replace the downspouts along with the gutters when installing a new system.
Galvanized steel is also good for 20-30 years. Copper gutters can go 50 years or more with proper care. However, I’ve seen gutters fail in half that time due to damage or poor maintenance or faulty installation. In contrast, I’ve also seen 40 year old aluminum gutters on houses and they still function properly. So it really depends on the homeowner, and on the installer.
Can you replace a roof but keep the old gutters?
Sure can. But why would you want to? Basically yes, you can get a new roof and keep your old gutters. However, they must be relatively new or in decent enough shape to provide at least 10 more years of service. Otherwise you’re better off getting new gutters along with your new roof.
Also, some roofing contractors try to cut corners when repairing a roof by keeping the old gutters in place. In my opinion this is a risky idea. It’s best to safely remove and set aside the old gutter prior to installing a new roof. Then reinstall the old gutters when the new roof construction is complete. This way you save the gutters from undue wear and tear and possible damage during construction.
How often should you clean your gutters?
In general, you should be cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. Maybe more often depending on what sort of foliage you have near your home. For example, pine trees and eucalyptus trees are notorious for their extreme amount of debris output. So if you have those, or others like them, then you may want to clean 3-4 times a year.
How do you when it’s time to replace gutters?
Gutters sagging or pulling away from the house are tell-tale signs that you may need new rain gutters. Broken, damaged, bent, or leaking gutters are also telling you they are ready for replacement.
Gutters that Work
Having rain gutters that work right is always a great idea! Whether you want to repair your gutters or replace them, we can handle your project. You can have your choice of custom fit seamless aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel rain gutters. We install on houses, multi story apartments, and condo high rise buildings.
Would you believe that most San Diego rain gutter installers say NO to big jobs? It’s true! But we say “YES PLEASE!” By big I’m referring to both the scope of job and how tall the building is. No project is too small or too tall, because third floor or higher is okay with us!
Friendly Professional Team
You’ll enjoy our friendly professional team who does the job done right in a timely manner, and at a fair price. That’s why we are the #1 choice for new rain gutters in San Marcos California. So if you have questions, or want a free quote, then call AAA Pro 1 Rain Gutters today at 760-445-8762.
We’re in the rain gutter business for the long haul. Meaning, we want to build long lasting relationships with home owners and property managers; people who know the value of quality work and reliable service. Our professional crews complete projects quickly and in a professional manner. Embrace the many advantages of professional seamless gutters. We invite you to try our services and see why AAA Pro 1 Rain Gutters is your number one choice for rain gutters in San Diego County.
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If you’re in southern California, and you want to know more about which gutters are best for you and the style of your home or commercial building, then please call us. We’re happy to help you in any way we can. You have questions? We have answers! And free quotes too!
Call Greg Martin at AAA Pro 1 Rain Gutters, 760-445-8762.
Location: San Marcos, CA. 92069
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