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Question DetailsAsked on 7/28/2013

what are the benefits of aluminum verses steel seemless gutters

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In the common thicknesses that gutters come in:

Simple answer, steel is generally stronger, can generally handle a ladder properly placed against it, does not bulge or sag so readily in areas with gutter icing conditions, does not tear or crack readily if damaged or loaded with roof eave icing. It will corrode (rust) easier and generally rust through (holes) faster than aluminum. Tends to hold painted finishes better, and easier to repaint.

Aluminum is cheaper but less durable, tends to get waves and bulges in it much easier, generally corrodes more evenly rather than by holing through rapidly in localized areas, generally last longer under normal household care (which is very little care). Painted finishes tend to crack and peel more readily, and is more work to repaint effectively.

Click on the Home > Gutters link below your question and look for similar questions for more responses, as well as discussions about gutter covers, downspouts, etc.

One thing you did not ask about for comparison is vinyl gutters - my personal favorite, though some people hate them, and professionals in particular because they are easy for homeowners to put up themselves with good results. My Raingo gutters, in heavy snow and eave icing conditions, are coming up on 30 years service with only a couple of leaky joint gasket replacements and two bracket replacements that I accidentally broke with ladder and hose while washing the roof - no fault of the brackets. They will support a ladder agaisnt them as long as you do not push the brackets sideways with the ladder, do not freeze up as quickly, thaw out quickly in sunlight (mine are brown), clean extremely easily with just a hose, and do not corrode though in extreme sunny areas some people have reported UV degradation of the plastic after a number of years. I would recommend closer bracket spacing than the manufacturers recommend in snow and ice country - not more than 2 feet apart on gutter or downspouts, and maximize the slope toward the downspouts to redue gutter icing on days the roof is melting off due to sun but the air is still cold.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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The best of the two is a vinyl clad steel like ABC Seamless Siding sells. But it is virtually double the cost of an aluminum gutter system. I think vinyl gutters suck and are generally associated with a mega cheap look. See my blogs for suggestions on aluminum gutter and down thcikness, hanging, etc.

Jim Casper Gutter Cover & Gutter Contractor

ps If you have a leaf problem, consider gutter covers

Source: www.heartlandmastershield.com

Answered 6 years ago by jccasper




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