How to Choose The Best Gutters For Your Home

A worker installing gutters on a home

Gutters serve an important function for the home; they catch and relocate water safely off your roof and away from the house’s foundation. Ensuring your home’s gutter system is always working properly is essential for any homeowner. That especially includes knowing the right time to consider gutter replacements.  

There is much to consider when getting a new gutter system for your home: shape, material, cost, installation, etc. Overall, you’ll want your gutters to look great against your house, but ensure that they will function efficiently for years to come. To ensure you get the right gutters, working with an expert team is best.  

From the gutter experts at Landmark Exteriors, here’s what to consider when getting new gutters for your home:

Gutter Materials

There are many types of materials that can be used to make gutters that you’ll need to choose from: 

  • Galvanized steel – These steel gutters are coated with aluminum and zinc for extra strength and protection and to alleviate any chances of rusting.
  • Zinc – Another great option, zinc gutters are durable and often don’t need any painting or finishing. 
  • Copper – A very strong gutter material that offers a unique, beautiful appearance. 
  • Aluminum – The most common and often least expensive gutter material, aluminum gutters are lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and available in various colors to match your home but will need replacement every few years if not maintained properly.
  • Vinyl – Another more inexpensive option that is customizable but not as durable and long-lasting as the options above.  

Gutter Designs

Homeowners in the market for new gutters will not only have to choose the gutter material but also their shape and style. Some popular options to consider include: 

  • Half-round – Half-round gutters are the most decorative gutter option as they are designed to complement both traditional and contemporary architecture, adding upscale detail to any home. They have a weightier feel and work well when installed with a slate, wood, or tile roof. As they are convex in shape, they allow water to flow easily, typically with less pitch than other gutter options.
  • K-style (OGEE) – The most common gutter style, k-style or OGEE gutters, have a similar shape to decorative crown molding and are seamless, which adds to their appeal and reduces the possibility of leaks.
  • Yankee – Yankee gutters preserve the intricate woodwork details of a structure, are integrated into the roof’s framing, and create a traditional look. Their channels are generally wider than modern gutters and consist of a wood-framed gutter trough lined with copper.

Contact Landmark Exteriors for gutter inspections, repairs, and installations!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s gutter system looks great and functions properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

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