Rain Gutter Material Choices:
There are only three best choices in rain gutter materials: Aluminum, Copper and Galvanized Steel. They are all great. But which one is best for you depends on your expectations, budget and the structure it is protecting.
Aluminum is the most popular metal for gutters. It’s a great solution for today’s homes because its low cost and easy to maintain. It will not rust and has a long life expectancy. Available in 31 colors, aluminum is the product of choice for most residential homes.
Aluminum gutters are custom made on the job site and cut to the precise measurements of your home. And we can match color as well. They have a 100-year warranty against chipping, cracking and peeling so aluminum is a great value.
Copper is a premium product with a unique intrinsic style all its own. The superior quality of copper makes it low maintenance and does not require paint. Will not rust and is well suited for nautical or coastal environments. As such, they are the most durable and longest lasting material currently available for rain gutters.
If you are looking for prestige and durability then seamless copper gutters may be what you are looking for. Copper carries a certain panache and can last for hundreds of years. But due to the higher price of raw copper as a precious metal, the materials cost more than aluminum.
Galvanized steel gutters are more rigid than aluminum and can also be painted to match the colors of your structure. Steel is a popular option for commercial buildings. However, aluminum and copper are also good choices that offer durability, protection and style. Long lasting and durable, they are a good investment.
Rain Gutter Style Choices:
K-Style rain gutters somewhat resemble a stylish crown molding found on interior ceilings. Therefore, builders tend to select K-gutters because their profiles blend better with modern architectural trends. Also known as OG or Ogee, K Style gutters account for over 80% of the gutters on homes today. They are available in aluminum, copper and galvanized steel.
Straight face gutters are what they sound like: These gutters are flat and straight on the front side. They look best on modern homes with straight lines, but look great on just about any home. 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 where a greater capacity is needed.
Straight face gutters are also known as “invisible” gutters. That’s because of their tendency to blend with the fascia and roof-line. Especially when the color of the gutter matches your home. Also known as flat face gutters, they available in aluminum and copper.
Just like the name implies, half-round gutters look like you took a fully-enclosed pipe and cut it in half lengthwise. Half round gutters can really add a dash of flair to the right home. If your home was built in the early to mid-20th century, the exterior may be better suited to the half-round design.
In addition, half-round gutters are ideal for the rounded roof lines on certain styles of architecture. They also look great on Spanish style homes. Half round is the primary choice for copper rain gutters. Available in both aluminum and copper.
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