Looking after the appearance and upkeep of the house is something most people take very seriously. Many people spend a lot of time and money on home maintenance, to keep it in a good state of repair and looking good. Regular maintenance of a property also includes the guttering.
It is no surprise that many home owners are not aware of the many different types of modern gutters available, nor which is best for their home. This is partly due to the fact that they tend to have a long lifespan and do not need to be replaced with regularity
In previous years the most popular material for gutters was wood, which would often rot after a period of time exposed to the elements. This meant they had to be replaced more often than modern gutters. Wooden gutters are still made today, but only tend to be used on specific properties and are not widely used. Modern gutters are not completely immune to damage and wear and tear, but they need much less maintenance and last much longer.
Today the range of gutters available is wide and varied; there are types and designs to suit every home. If your gutters are damaged, leaking and cannot be repaired then you should probably look at replacing them. A very popular and modern type is the vinyl gutter; they are low cost relatively light and low maintenance, and are available in many designs.
Another popular type available is the aluminum gutter, although they tend to be weaker than others, they are light, durable and cost effective. It is true to say that aluminum does corrode, but as a result of this corrosion aluminum oxide is produced, this is a hard material that actually protects the gutter from other damage.
Steel is more durable and not as susceptible to the elements as other materials, and is a popular choice for gutters. Because steel is prone to rusting easily the core of these gutters are galvanized and the outer is coated to prevent corrosion and damage from the weather. Another reason steel is popular is because it is much stronger and less likely to be damaged unlike other types of gutters.
With so many different types of guttering available, it makes sense to take your time when choosing which the best for your home is. Designs and materials vary so it is a good idea to know what gutters are available before you go ahead and choose a replacement.