Installing gutter systems around your home is essential for proper maintenance. Gutters (metals, wood or plastics) are components surrounding the roof edge of the house. They are designed to collect water runoff (due to rain or melting snow), branches and leaves, and redirect them away from the house foundation and siding. They ensure the least harm is done to the home exterior by preventing erosion of the ground and the landscape. In addition, gutters will improve the integrity and add value to any home. If you don’t have gutters, or if your gutters have been damaged, getting new ones installed will be a very important home improvement step.

Making informed and educated decisions while installing gutters for your home is vital. Therefore, looking for the best, budget-friendly choice will ensure you make the best purchase with confidence. While doing a gutter purchase, gutter material, styles, drawbacks and benefits are considered. Below are some of the most common types.

Vinyl Gutters

This is the most commonly used material for gutters for several reasons. First and foremost, it is easily installed. It can be a simple DIY job for a homeowner so you don’t have to hire someone else to do it. Secondly, it’s long lasting. However, it is also quite susceptible to damaging ultraviolent rays from the sun and heavy ladders. If you purchase quality gutters their color won’t fade. If damaged, they are easily repaired and replaced. And because they are resistant to corrosion and rusting, they don’t require painting. However, painting can be done for cosmetic reasons, if desired.

Aluminum Gutters

Like vinyl, aluminum gutters are cost effective, rust proof, and relatively easy to work with due to their light weight. Unlike vinyl, they are weather resistant which allows them to keep their painted color. Of all materials, aluminum is usually preferred by homeowners over the rest. The only drawback is their structural weakness.

Stainless Steel Gutters

Compared to aluminum, these are rather expensive. However, they are rust proof and virtually indestructible.

Before getting new gutters for your home, take some time to research the different options and make an informed decision about what is best for your home and your needs.