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When it comes to weighing which type of gutter might be the most practical choice, homeowners must consider different factors, such as shape, price, material and more. However, determining which type might offer enhanced performance is one of the most important aspects. An ideal type will be long lasting, require minimal regular maintenance and increase the home's aesthetics.

Farmington Hills Roofing experts understand how great a role the gutters and downspouts actually play in protecting the roof from becoming water damaged. One of the biggest reasons that soffits, the roof deck and fascia boards begin to leak is due to faulty gutters. While regular cleaning of the gutters systems is required in order for them to be able to keep properly diverting water, sometimes excess wear and tear develops. It is not uncommon for the gutters to become loose or for the fasteners to become bent, making them susceptible to sagging or pulling away from the home. Homeowners who notice cracks, leaks or holes in their gutters should plan on having them replaced as soon as possible.

The most commonly installed types of gutter systems are constructed from aluminum, steel, zinc, galvanized steel and vinyl. The least commonly installed type is constructed with copper, which is incredibly attractive, but tends to cost much more than the other types.

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The majority of homes have aluminum gutters, and they feature several great advantages. They are lightweight, they resist corrosion and they can be painted in virtually any color in order to integrate with the existing color palate of the home. They are also one of the least expensive types of gutters. Galvanized steel gutters have an outside coated layer of zinc, so they are typically very strong, but they are also sometimes prone to rusting. Steel gutters come with the option of aluminum and zinc coatings that can be applied by the manufacturer, which is an excellent remedy for the rusting dilemma. However, they are also more expensive as a result.

Some homeowners prefer zinc gutters because they do not require painting or finishing, and they resist algae growth. While vinyl gutters might not be as durable as ones that are constructed with metal, they are another inexpensive option that can be purchased in a wide range of different colors. They might break down if they receive direct exposure to sunlight for long periods of times, so it might be necessary for homeowners to replace them more frequently.

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