One of the most important components of a complete roofing system is another system in itself: the gutter system. Whether you’re replacing your gutters or installing gutters and downspouts for the first time on a newly built home, you probably want to know more about them and the cost of installation.
Several factors contribute to the cost of replacing or repairing a gutter system that is failing. The material used for the manufacture of gutters and downspouts is what affects the cost the most.
Galvanized Steel, Vinyl, Plastic
Galvanized steel, vinyl and plastic are the most affordable materials. The problem with plastic and vinyl gutters is that they don’t last long, particularly if you live in an area where the winters are brutally cold. Snow and ice cause them to freeze. The freeze-thaw cycle can be very harsh on plastic and vinyl, so it’s not uncommon for them to crack and break.
Galvanized steel is a popular affordable option. It does not usually break due to cold weather. However, it has its own problem: it doesn’t take a long time before it develops rust.
With galvanized steel, plastic, and vinyl, you can save money when you replace your gutters. You can even have the replacement done simultaneously with roof repair. However, you might have to replace your gutters again soon, as these materials’ life span is not their strong suit.
Aluminum and zinc take their position in the midrange, as far as cost is concerned. Aluminum is perhaps the most common gutter material. It doesn’t rust, it’s lightweight, and it has a decent life expectancy. However, if debris or a particularly strong gust of wind hits your aluminum gutter, it’s likely to dent or bend.
If you want a more durable option, try zinc. It withstands impact better than aluminum, though you’ll have to spend a bit more for its durability and longer life.
Stainless Steel, Copper
Stainless steel is one of the most expensive gutter materials around. It is highly durable and long-lasting, it’s impervious to rust and cold conditions. You can also paint it any color you like. The drawback is that if you paint stainless steel gutters, you’ll have to repaint them every few years.
If money is no object, then go for the most expensive material: copper. It can last a really long time and its beauty speaks for itself. Over time, it develops a greenish patina that only makes it more attractive. High-end and historic homes typically have copper gutters. The issue most homeowners have is the cost of copper gutters. And if you live in a less secure neighborhood and don’t have a fence or any other security system, your copper gutters may be targeted by thieves.
Get in touch with Universal Roofing & Exteriors if you want to install or repair your gutter system. Call us today at (317) 257-0779 or contact us here. We work with homeowners in Indianapolis, Zionsville, and Fishers, IN.