Grand Rapids Roofing: Article About Types Of Gutters

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Grand Rapids roofing professionals install many types of gutters, including wood gutters, vinyl gutters and metal gutters. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks, and homeowners should weigh their options carefully. Gutters come in two basic shapes: K-style and half round, with K-style being the more common choice with homeowners. Metal gutters can be made from galvanized steel, aluminum, copper or zinc.

Wood gutters have an old fashioned, charming appeal to them, and they generally function well. Homes with older architecture sometimes have wood gutters that feature crown molding to match the cornices on the exterior. Cedar wood is the ideal choice of wood for gutters because it withstands environmental elements and moisture well.

Vinyl gutters typically contain polyvinyl chloride, which makes these gutters highly durable. They're also resistant to damage and denting and are inexpensive to purchase and install. Scratches won't disfigure the surface of these gutters thanks to the dyed materials they contain. If a portion of the gutter does become damaged, however, replacement of the damaged portion is usually a simple task.

Vinyl gutters with polyvinyl chloride tend to not be environmentally friendly. These gutters don't biodegrade, and polyvinyl chloride may leach harmful chemicals into the environment. Due to the thin materials they contain, they're also susceptible to cracking and splitting.

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Galvanized steel gutters are strong and highly durable, and they stay aesthetically appealing for a long period of time. They do require paint to prevent rust, and paint also prevents zinc in these gutters from leaching into the environment.

Aluminum gutters are easy to install, but like galvanized steel gutters, they also require a paint job. Paint makes them durable in the face of harsh weather and prevents them from leaching chemicals into the environment.

Copper gutters have the benefits of being resistant to rust and exceptionally beautiful. They develop a patina over time and do not need to be painted. They are, however, pricey, and a professional must install them due to the required welding at the seams.

Zinc gutters are durable and have a long lifespan. They also develop a patina, making the application of paint unnecessary. Like copper gutters, they're expensive and require professional installation. These gutters are commonly seen on high-end residences.

K-style gutters usually have front sides with a decorative, curvy shape and bottoms and backsides that are flat. Rather than sides, half round gutters have a half circle shape and are usually found on older homes.

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