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A detailed look at gutter material

Gutters for homes and other structures can be crafted from various metals. Below, we take a look at some of these in more detail.


Many homeowners love the look of copper gutters. It has a beautiful color and if left unsealed will patina in a unique way. Copper doesn’t rust and is very sturdy. It should always be installed by professionals as it is more challenging to work with and needs welding at joints and seams.


This galvanized metal can be painted to match or complement your home or building design; however, it may rust eventually. It is recommended that professionals design and install steel gutters as it is heavy and harder to handle.


Some people choose vinyl because it is easy to transport, configure, and cut. There are limited color options, it may fade in sunlight, and may crack with severely cold weather. It is the most fragile of gutter materials, and ladders and other items should not be propped against them.

For more information on gutter materials and advice on options, colors, styles, and installation, get in touch with the specialists at Alpine Gutters & Downspouts.

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