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As any Davis roofing professional will confirm, some of the earliest gutters in existence were carved from wood into different shapes and sizes. Metal gutters began to take hold of the market in the early 1900s when metal roll forming machines came into existence and revolutionized manufacturing for many industries. Since then, gutters have been revolutionized into many different materials that give homeowners many options for gutter style and longevity.

Gutters are most commonly made of aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, galvalume, zinc and vinyl. Aluminum gutters are among the most popular gutters in the market as they are affordable, resistant to corrosion, lightweight, easy to work with and less expensive than other alternatives. Copper gutters, like aluminum, are resistant to corrosion and offer little extra protection than their more affordable cousin. However, copper is a stylish choice that offers protection against mildew and adds an extra layer of style to a home.

Galvanized steel gutters are made of steel coated with a layer of zinc and will give homeowners a gutter system that is much stronger than the prior two alternatives. However, galvanized steel is prone to rust and requires regular cleaning. Proper installation is very important to ensure proper drainage and to avoid standing water. Leaf protectors will also reduce the potential for clogging and standing water.

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After galvanized steel is galvalume, the superior steel gutter option. Galvalume is essentially galvanized steel, but it has a coating of 45 percent zinc and 55 percent aluminum. This coating gives the steel a higher level of durability and corrosion resistance than galvanized steel and an approximate lifespan that is nine times longer.

Zinc gutters are among the most durable gutters on the market and are composed of an alloy of 99.5 percent zinc with small amounts of copper and titanium. Zinc gutters, like copper gutters, can be left unpainted and will develop a protective patina that protects the gutter from corrosion and weathering. Zinc gutters also cost significantly more than aluminum gutters but have over twice the lifespan and require very little maintenance.

Finally, the most popular and affordable gutter option is vinyl. Vinyl gutters have been around for decades, offer extremely high levels of protection, are cheap and affordable, and are very easy to replace. Plastic is the simplest of materials to work with, so vinyl gutters are a favorite among homeowners. Its resistance to corrosion, ease of installation and replacement, and minimal cost of repair makes it a top performing product in roof protection.

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