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While many homeowners pay very little attention to their gutters, they are an important part of any good roof. At some point, it is likely that the gutter system will reach the end of its lifespan and need to be replaced. However, with so many gutter options available, it can be difficult to determine which type of gutters may be right for a particular home. It is recommended that homeowners contact their local Dallas roofing contractors to find out more information about available gutter systems.

When choosing a new gutter system, the first consideration to be made regards the materials. Gutter systems can be made from vinyl, aluminum, steel and wood. The most popular materials to install are vinyl and aluminum as they are light enough for homeowners to install. However, they also tend to be more susceptible to denting or splitting at the seams. Steel and wood are considered to be premium products; they are not as common due to their cost.

If the homeowner opts for vinyl or aluminum gutters, he or she must choose between sectional or seamless gutters. Sectional gutters are pieces of 10 to 20 foot long gutter sections that can be fastened together during installation.

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Seamless gutters must be cut on site, but they do not have seams in the middle of long pieces. Seamless gutters are often the better option as they last longer; however, they must be installed by a professional roofing contractor.

Certain types of gutters need more maintenance than others. For example, sectional gutters are more likely to leak, so it is important to ensure that no leaf clogs occur as this can escalate any problems. Seamless gutters almost never leak except at the joints. Gutter elbows and downspouts can always become clogged.

The price of the different materials is also a huge factor that must be considered. Vinyl and aluminum gutters are the least expensive when it comes to material costs; they are also generally cheaper to install. Wood is one of the most expensive to purchase and install.

Finally, the way the gutters look on the home is an important consideration. The gutters frame the roof and the downspouts do run down the side of the home, so the gutter colors should not clash with the home's overall look. Some gutters, like copper, only come in one color that will work for some homes but not others. Other types of gutters, such as aluminum or vinyl, come in a wide range of colors that can work with any home's style.

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