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What is the Best Material for Eavestrough?

Eavestroughs are made in different materials. The most common materials are vinyl, copper, steel, and aluminum. Aluminum ranks among the best eavestrough materials because it can be formed into a seamless gutter, it is lightweight and it does not rust. Second in line are copper and steel. Copper is considered to be a premium material commonly used in luxury homes. It is the most expensive option although apart from aesthetics, it does not offer any additional benefits over steel and aluminum. Steel is durable, however it is prone to rust. Vinyl is the best option if you are on a tight budget but still want reliable eavestroughs. These are not the only details you need to have about eavestrough materials. Prior to looking at individual materials, it is crucial to understand the difference between sectional and seamless eavestroughs.

Sectional

Also referred to as seamed, the sectional gutters come in pieces that are 10-foot long. The pieces are then attached to the fascia board using hangers. Joiner pieces are used to snap the pieces together. The installation process is easy and the majority of the materials can be purchased from a home improvement store. Sectional eavestroughs are thus the best for DIY.

The best thing about sectional gutters is that individual sections can be removed or added. As a result, they are quite economical. If a section gets damaged, it can easily be replaced. You can get sectional gutters in steel, aluminum, or vinyl. Vinyl gutters are only available as sectional gutters.

The drawback is sectional gutters have a high risk of leaks. At the point where the sections connect, the seams can weaken and leak. Secondly, the connection may be aesthetically unappealing.

Seamless

This is the most sought-after option in modern homes. While it is more expensive, the results are worth the investment. You will also need to hire a professional to help with the installation. Typically, after picking the best eavestrough material, the professional will measure the length of your gutters and perform a ‘gutter run out’. Long pieces of the eavestrough material are run through a machine, which extrudes the metal to form gutters instantly. The machine produces the gutters in any desired length. There is no limit in length.

Due to the process involved in the installation of seamless gutters, they cost more to both install and replace. Depending on the material you select and the size of your home, the cost can range from $800 to $5,000. Additional costs for labor and delivery may be charged.

Now that you understand the two main types of eavestroughs, it is time to take a look at the best eavestrough material for your home. To do this, you have to understand the pros and cons of the most recommended options.

Vinyl

As aforementioned, vinyl gutters are  the most affordable option. The only drawback is they cannot be fed through the seamless eavestrough machine. This means they can only be used as sectional gutter types. Other than that, vinyl is a very economical option and costs between $4 to $8 per piece. When they are properly installed, they are quite effective in redirecting water away from the foundation. It is also good to remember that these gutters don’t corrode or rust.

On the flip-side, vinyl is not the best eavestrough material for areas that experience extreme weather. Extreme cold can cause them to become brittle and subsequently crack. You may have to replace them sooner than other eavestrough materials. Poor installation can also cause sagging and other problems.

If you live in an area with a temperate climate and are on a tight budget, vinyl will be a good choice. It is always good to speak with a gutter specialist before you go for vinyl gutters.

Aluminum

This is a remarkable option because it is lightweight, easy to work with, and does not rust. However, unlike vinyl, aluminum holds up remarkably well in extreme weather. They are able to maintain their integrity in cold climates and they can be painted to match your home. What’s more is you can use them as seamless or sectional gutters. If what you need is a cost-effective option that will last for years, then aluminum will be a great choice.

It is good to remember that aluminum comes in two different thicknesses. The first is the 0.023 gauge. This is the most common thickness for homes and comes in a wide selection of colors. The second option is the 0.032 gauge. This is recommended for both homes and businesses with steel roofs and issues with snow slides. Discuss the two options with your roofer before making a purchase.

The drawback is aluminum is not as structurally sound as other materials. They can be dented or misshapen by a poorly placed ladder. All the same, they make the list of the best eavestrough materials because they are affordable and offer remarkable durability in cold weather.

Stainless Steel

While this is the most expensive option on the list, stainless steel eavestroughs are a great choice for homes in Canada. They are perfect for the harsh Canadian climate. They are stronger and heavier than aluminum. Consequently, they withstand the weather much better and last significantly longer. Stainless steel gutters don’t cave under heavy rains, freezing temperatures, or under the weight of snow. They also don’t rust.

Cost is the main disadvantage. These gutters cost between $11 and $33 per piece. All in all, while the initial investment is quite big, their longevity makes them the best eavestrough material in Canada. You will not need to replace them for a long time.

Now that you understand your options better, all that is left is for you to make your choice. When making a decision, pay attention to your budget and how you want the eavestroughs to look. It is also good to discuss your options with an experienced gutter specialist. That way, you will have all the facts you need in hand to pick the best eavestrough material for your home. For FREE INSPECTION call Dangelo & Sons at (905) 387 3000 – Roofing Experts in Hamilton to find what eavestrough material is best suited for your needs.

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