When it comes to your home, it's important to keep up with regular maintenance tasks to ensure that everything is in good working order. One of the most important, but often overlooked parts of your home is the gutter system, but how long do gutters last? This depends on the material they are made of and how often they are cleaned and maintained. What can you do to extend their life? Keep reading for answers to these questions and help you choose the right material for your replacement gutters.
Vinyl Gutters Can Last Ten Years or More
The most common gutter material is vinyl since it is the most cost-effective and easiest to install. Vinyl gutters can also be painted to match your roof or the color of your siding. However, of all the types of gutter material, vinyl wears down faster and has the shortest lifespan.
In climates that are wet or salty, vinyl gutters may need to be replaced every ten years but in drier areas, these gutters may last even longer, possibly up to twenty years.
Aluminum Gutters Can Last Twenty Years
Aluminum has great rust resistance which makes them a good choice for gutters. In addition, aluminum gutters can match the home’s aluminum siding to enhance its curb appeal. They are just as easy to install as vinyl and are only slightly more expensive.
However, aluminum is only a little bit stronger than vinyl and still weaker than the other better materials on the list. A major drawback is that aluminum can’t be used with algae-resistant shingles since the copper in those shingles can damage them. Aluminum gutters can last twenty years if they don’t get dented or damaged.
Galvanized Steel Gutters Can Last Twenty Years
Galvanized steel gutters work with any type of shingle, and they resist heat well. Since galvanized steel is a much stronger material than aluminum and vinyl, it is less likely to dent and crack.
Galvanized steel is a more expensive material due to its durability and when the temperature changes it tends to shrink and expand, so it may require more maintenance. Galvanized steel gutters can last twenty years.
Copper Gutters Can Last 50 Years or More
The least common gutter material is copper, but don’t write off the option just for that reason. Of all the materials, copper is the most durable and can be used with any kind of shingle. Copper elevates a roof and adds style, especially when matching with copper flashing.
Copper is the most expensive gutter material. The installation is also more challenging than other gutter materials. The copper itself is harder to work with, and the gutter company will also have to use copper for your other roof fasteners, otherwise using two different metals will wear out faster.
Copper gutters are the longest lasting, at fifty years or more.
Ensure Your Gutters Last Longer
To make sure your gutter system reaches its maximum lifespan, follow these tips:
Do not lean anything such as ladders against the gutters, especially if your gutters are made of softer materials.
Fix gutter clogs right away, don’t allow water to spill over the sides of the gutters.
Have your gutters cleaned out regularly, at least once a year.
If you need new gutters, we recommend that you call us today. Colorado Seamless Gutters provides top-quality gutter installation services to homeowners in the Denver area and would be happy to discuss your needs with you. Our team is experienced and can help you select a quality gutter system for your home that will last for years to come. Contact us today to get started!