Gutters can be made with different materials, from the typical galvanized steel to the naturally beautiful copper ones. One of the frequently overlooked yet ideal materials for gutters is aluminum. Pritchett Bros shares some of its features and benefits, and why you should consider it the next time you’re planning to replace your gutters.
Durable and Low Maintenance
Aluminum is an ideal metal for exterior applications because it’s naturally resistant to rust. A special aluminum alloy is used for building gutters since pure aluminum is too soft for such applications. This alloy retains the corrosion resistance of aluminum and adds durability, strength and rigidity. Aluminum is more typically used for building seamless gutters than traditional ones and, therefore, does not have joints that require sealants. The lack of joints and seams makes it less prone to leaks. Combined with its rust-proof qualities, you’re looking at virtually maintenance-free gutters.
Gutters take a lot of beating, especially during storms. One reason homeowners hesitate to choose aluminum gutters is because of its perceived softness. But, as mentioned earlier, the kind of aluminum used for building gutters is exceptionally strong and can take on a deluge of rainwater without breaking off the roof’s edge. It can also resist cracking and shattering when exposed to extreme temperatures. This is why aluminum is also used for other exterior applications, such as siding.
Traditional gutters take a long time to install as galvanized steel needs to be cut, riveted and individually installed. A small team can take more than a day to place an average-sized gutter system – not ideal for emergency replacements. Since seamless aluminum gutters are sized on-site, a complete gutter system can be installed in a day. And as aluminum does not require a layer of paint primer, painting it can save you hours and paint costs. Or, you can opt to have factory-installed colors, which can have features like ultraviolet (UV) protection and custom baked-on finishes.
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