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Gutters play an important role channeling water off your roof and keeping it out of the house. If you need to replace them due to storm damage or wear and tear, there are many options on the market, ranging from relatively inexpensive vinyl to aluminum, steel and copper. Experienced Summerville roofing specialists can help you decide which option is best suited to your home.

Proper gutter installation is essential so the system works properly. Each section should be the exact length required for the home and corners should be custom-made on-site for a perfect fit. For a smooth finish and aesthetically pleasing appearance, they should be installed seamless and hung with pre-mounted, hidden hangers to anchor them. Anti-corrosive screws that are rust resistant must be used for both hangers and gutters. The gutters should be installed behind the drip edge of the roof, allowing the water to flow into the gutter and not behind it.

Vinyl gutters are the least expensive option for your dwelling. A handy homeowner can purchase them at a hardware store and install them. The sections snap together making them very easy to put in place. Although color choices are limited, it can be painted. Vinyl doesn't rust or rot, but it is not recommended for areas that experience intense sun and heat. It can also bow and bend during heavy wind and rainstorms. Under ideal conditions it should last 20 years. However, they should be checked regularly for water leaks as the seams can separate.

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Another popular choice for gutter systems is aluminum. It is low in cost, does not rust and comes in a wide variety of colors, even ones that resemble the aged appearance of copper and zinc. It can be installed either with or without seams, however the majority of homeowners would have to choose seams unless they have the proper tools to create custom seamless gutters at their house. They are available in light, medium and heavy gauge aluminum, with the lightest weight being susceptible to bending and denting. It lasts slightly longer than vinyl, with a lifespan of 25 years under optimal conditions.

Steel is marginally more expensive than aluminum and rust-proof since it is coated in galvanized zinc, blended with chrome or covered with a zinc-aluminum alloy. It should be installed seamless with joints soldered together on-site by a professional, experienced roofer.

Copper is an expensive choice for gutters, however it never rusts or requires painting and lasts up to 100 years in any climate. It can be installed either with or without seams. If it is installed with seams they must be soldered together. Many homeowners love the oxidized appearance copper achieves; within a few months it turns to a matte brown and a beautiful blue-green over the course of decades. It can stain unless you choose to install lead-coated or tin-zinc-plated copper.

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