There are several reasons why aluminum gutters are the most popular type of gutters on the market. These reasons include:
1. Resistance to Corrosion
Corrosion is a common gutter problem. Rust eats away metal until gutter leaks start to form. Fortunately, since aluminum contains almost no iron, gutters made from the material can’t rust. When exposed to water, aluminum alloys oxidize instead and form a film of aluminum oxide, which enhances gutter protection against rust and, by extension, roofing protection against rain as well.
Quick tip: Avoid Using Stainless Steel Components
Aluminum might start to rust if it comes into contact with stainless steel or other metals. Some of the chemicals found in treated lumber, brick mortar and stucco can lead to corrosion can cause corrosion as well. No need to worry though—manufacturers usually apply a polyester powder coating to aluminum gutters to protect them from the elements and leaching wood chemicals.
2. Long-Lasting Durability
With proper care and maintenance, aluminum gutters can last up to 30 years. Plus, aluminum gutters don’t require a lot of upkeep to preserve their durability.
3. Resistance to Temperatures
Aluminum’s resistance to extreme temperatures is part of the reason why aluminum gutters are so durable. Metal gutters and most roofing materials are vulnerable to thermal expansion. Gutters and shingles expand as temperatures rise and contract as temperatures fall—repeated contractions and expansions can cause cracks, which would require gutter or roof repair to fix.
4. Lightweight Material
Unlike other alloys and metals with a comparable level of durability, aluminum is lightweight.
Given all of the aforementioned benefits, there’s no doubt aluminum gutters can give homeowners value for their money. To make sure you get to enjoy all of the said benefits, make sure only qualified contractors will handle the gutter installation.
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