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If someone's gutters are in need of replacement, they should not put it off. Leaking gutters can lead to a variety of problems, including causing cracks to form in the foundation, damaging soffits and making mold more likely to develop in doorways and windows. When someone decides to have a Plano roofing service place their gutters, they are able to choose from a number of gutter materials.

The most affordable types of gutters are vinyl, aluminum and galvanized steel, but these also do not last nearly as long as the more expensive alternatives of stainless steel and copper. There are also wooden gutters available, but they are used almost exclusively in restoration projects because they are costly and require a large amount of maintenance.

Vinyl gutters are very popular with people who like to do their own home repair projects because they can be found at home supply stores and they start at just three dollars per foot. They are fairly easy to install as well. However, there are a lot of downsides to vinyl. The material is weak, and heat and sunlight can cause it to crack and become brittle, and most will only last about 10 years.

Aluminum gutters can last around two to three decades, cost between five and nine dollars a foot and are the most popular type of gutter.

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They do not rust, and they are available in a seamless, or K style, format, meaning they do not have joins, so they are less likely to develop leaks. However, they are fairly weak, so they are likely to be damaged by even leaning a ladder against them.

Gutters made of galvanized steel run about the same price and last about as long as aluminum, but they are much stronger. Galvanized steel gutters may be able to shake off a tree limb falling on them, but they are liable to rust. If they are painted on the inside and out, it can help prevent rust from developing.

Stainless steel and copper gutters are similar in price, strength and longevity. Both materials run between $15 and $20 per foot, and they can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. They also are able to withstand a lot of damage, so ladders can be leaned against them. The main difference between the two is their appearance and the fact that copper gutters may oxidize and turn green if they are not treated.

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