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Fort Worth roofing professionals install gutters on new buildings and replace gutters on old ones, and consumers must choose between different gutter materials and shapes. Each type of gutter system has advantages and drawbacks, so property owners should weigh their options. Gutters can be wood, vinyl or metal, and they're available in two main shapes.

Wood gutters have aesthetic appeal to many homeowners. They're traditional in style, charming and functionally effective. Consumers who choose wood gutters should make a point of getting gutters that contain cedar wood because cedar wood is more resilient to environmental elements and moisture. Other woods will weaken and decay when exposed to moisture.

Vinyl gutters with polyvinyl chloride are appealing because of their durability, and these gutters also resist dents and damage. They're resistant to scratches and relatively inexpensive to purchase and install. If part of these gutters does become damaged, it is easy to replace just the damaged portion. Vinyl gutters, however, aren't environmentally friendly due to the harmful chemicals they contain, and they don't biodegrade.

Two main types of metal gutters are galvanized steel and aluminum. Galvanized steel and aluminum gutters are appealing because they resist rust.

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They must be painted, however, to prevent them from leaching chemicals into rainwater. The paint will also add extra protection from harsh weather conditions. Aluminum gutters are more widely used than galvanized steel, but galvanized steel gutters are stronger and more durable.

Other types of metal gutters include copper and zinc. Copper gutters have strong aesthetic appeal and won't rust. They also develop a patina over time and do not need to be painted. They do require professional installation because of the need for welding, and they tend to be pricey. They're found commonly on high end residences or restored buildings of historical importance.

Zinc gutters are durable and have a long lifespan. They also don't require painting because of the patina they develop over time. Like copper gutters, they tend to be expensive and require professional installation.

The two main shapes of gutters are K style and half round gutters. K style gutters have a flat bottom and back side, and their front sides usually have a curvy, decorative shape. They're available in a variety of different styles. Half round gutters look like a tube split in half. Instead of sides, they have a half circle shape. Half round gutters are usually found on older, historic homes, and K style gutters are more common than half round gutters.

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