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Rain gutters protect homes from water damage by routing water away from the roof, walls and foundation. They can be made from a variety of different kinds of materials, each with their own pros and cons. Plano roofing professionals recommend carefully considering which kind of gutter is the best fit for one's home.

Vinyl gutters are easy to install, and they never rust or corrode. Additionally, they're often cheaper than metal gutters. Most vinyl gutter systems use sectional gutters that snap together easily. Because of these factors, they're a favorite among homeowners. They're an excellent choice for mild climates, where they can function as well as other types of gutters. Faulty installation can lead to sections that sag, and vinyl gutters that are exposed to particularly cold weather can grow brittle and crack.

Aluminum gutters are next on a list ranked by affordability. Like vinyl gutters, they're lightweight and easy to install. Their biggest advantage over vinyl gutters is that they hold up in both hot and cold weather. Additionally, paint adheres well to them. Aluminum gutters can be sectional or seamless, but they're weaker than gutters made from other materials, and they are prone to denting.

Galvanized steel gutters are stronger than aluminum and hold up better when subjected to falling branches and other hazards that dent the weaker material.

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The main disadvantage to galvanized steel is its susceptibility to rust. Over time, even the most well maintained steel gutters will rust through and need to be replaced, but proper maintenance will extend their longevity.

Stainless steel and copper gutters, on the other hand, don't rust. Both materials are very difficult to damage, and copper gutters are known for their visual appeal. However, both stainless steel and copper gutters are very expensive.

The final gutter material is wood. Wood hasn't been popular as a gutter choice recently, but it's often used to renovate older homes when historic integrity is a concern. Wood gutters tend to deteriorate faster than vinyl and metal gutters, and they're also more expensive. In light of cheaper and more durable options, wood gutters are becoming less and less relevant.

Cost, visual interest, durability and climate are all considerations when choosing a material for home gutters. Ranking these factors by importance will help determine the best gutter material for a home's needs and renovation budget. A roofing professional can offer additional guidance about what kind of gutter is the best fit for a gutter replacement project.

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