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3 Advantages Of Aluminum Gutters

Aluminum gutters are an alternative type of gutter system for your roof that carry a number of distinctive advantages because of aluminum's unique material qualities. Understanding the advantages associated with choosing aluminum over other types of metal traditionally used for roofing gutters can help you figure out if installing an aluminum gutter system is the right choice for your home.

1. Rust Resistance and Lifespan

The largest and most important advantage associated with aluminum as a building material is the fact that it is completely immune to rust and corrosion. This means that your gutters, which are exposed to a constant stream of water and rainfall, will not suffer from the structural damage that rust can cause. This can extend the overall lifespan of your gutters and save you money in the long run, by eliminating the need for you to replace old and rusted out gutter sections. Rust resistance also makes aluminum gutters well suited for installation in coastal areas, which can be quite humid and come with salt exposure – which can quickly rust out other types of metals.

2. Easy Installation

Another key characteristic of aluminum is that it is an extremely lightweight material. This means that the installation process is much simpler when compared to heavier metals, like copper and steel, that are also used for gutters. This can help expedite the installation and replacement processes, saving you money on labor costs while also keeping the length of construction time and associated disruption to your home to a bare minimum. This makes aluminum gutters ideal for those looking for a do-it-yourself project, or for those under a tight budget.

3. Low Maintenance

As already stated, aluminum is immune to rusting and corrosion, which can reduce the amount of maintenance that you will have to complete to replace or repair damaged or rusted sections. In addition, however, aluminum is also resistant to temperature fluctuations, and will not expand and contract as the temperature changes. This reduces the risk of additional strain being placed on the gutter supports, and of structural damage affecting how well sections of the gutters fit together. By reducing these stresses, the gutters themselves are less likely to require replacement, and the fasteners and supports are also unlikely to break and require repairs. Aluminum is thus well suited for installation in a variety of different climates, but especially those that experience wide fluctuations between the summer and winter seasons. 

For more information, contact your local residential roofing services.