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Comparing Different Gutter Materials: Which One is Right for You?

Do you know how valuable your rain gutters are? Many people do not realize just how critical they are to protecting your home’s exterior. These seemingly insignificant pieces mean the difference in having a solid roof and one that is dealing with rot, pests, and damage. 

Gutters come in a variety of materials that make it easy to find the right fit for your home. Whether you’re replacing old gutters or starting from scratch, here are the pros and cons of each of the different types!


Aluminum gutters are very popular as they offer a variety of benefits. One of those is that they are very cost-efficient when it comes to replacing or purchasing new gutters. They can be painted, so they can be designed to fit the décor of your home. They are also completely weather resistant so they can handle any change in temperatures or storms that you may face. The aluminum material makes this option very lightweight and easy to handle and install. 

The only downside to aluminum gutters is that they are a softer metal, so they are prone to be dented or damaged. 


If you’re looking for a gutter replacement that is durable and low maintenance, vinyl is the way to go! The pieces all snap together quite easily, and they are very lightweight. This option is also quite cost-effective as they are very budget-friendly. 

There are a few downsides to the vinyl style gutters, however. If these are not installed properly, they can start to sag over time. The changes in climate can also cause this material to become quite brittle which leads to breaking.


Copper and galvanized steel are other popular options in gutter replacement. This option gives you a beautiful look while being sturdier than the aluminum version. They are more resistant to damage from limbs or ladders being placed on the home. 

However, one downside to this version of gutter is the rust factor. They will, over time, begin to rust and can rust straight through if not taken care of.


While this is an option that isn’t used much anymore, you can still find wood gutters. These will cost a pretty penny for you to install so it’s sometimes better to find a more economical option. However, these are perfect for older homes that already have this type installed. These tend not to be as weather-resistant as other materials, so they generally aren’t recommended unless you’re restoring a historic building.

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s gutters this fall, our team at O’LYN Roofing is ready to assist! You can reach us over the phone at (877) 289-6596 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your gutter replacement needs!