basic aluminum gutters vs. gutter shutter system

Old 03-14-09, 02:30 PM
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basic aluminum gutters vs. gutter shutter system

Hello - Just looking for some opinions. We're desperately in need of new gutters on our two story house as the existing ones are falling apart. We've gotten two quotes. The first is for basic aluminum gutters and a new fascia board on one side of the house for ~ $1500. The second is for a much higher end gutter shutter system, with aluminum covers, slightly wider gutters, etc. for ~ $4500 (also includes the new fascia board and a 20 year warranty). We have a lot of oak trees overhanging the house, so clogging is always a problem. We also live in the northeast, so we wind up with ice behind the gutters because they're in such poor shape.

My question is this - what kind of return on investment can we expect from the more expensive/better gutters? Is there a compelling reason to spend so much more money? My concern with the cheaper gutters is longevity, but if we're planning on selling the house within 10 years is that really a factor?

I'd appreciate any insight. Thanks!
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I've never seen this gutter shutter system in action, so I can't comment on how it will work.

I'm not sure if it would be available in your area, but when I'm installing eavestrough in an area with a lot of trees I love installing a screen from a company called Alu-Rex (google it, awesome product). It installs in to normal 5" eavestrough, and it seems to do an excellent job.

More importantly it costs about the same price per foot as the eavestrough itself, so it would double the price, which is cheaper than the shutter system.

However like I said, it might not be available in your area, I think you have to buy it from a dealer.

I think for the added price the shutters wouldn't be worth it. I would take the $3000 saved from not installing the shutters, and pay someone to clean them for you over the next 10 years
Old 03-15-09, 12:08 PM
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Standard gutters

Not to eavesdrop on your thread, but I'm perfectly happy with my standard aluminum gutters.
Since the contractor is replacing your soffit board, the gutters should have a much improved anchor.

Standard gutters with a savings of $3000 is not a cop out in my opinion. Your still addressing an upkeep issue.
Old 03-15-09, 12:19 PM
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And a 20 yr warranty is only going to be as good as the company behind it.
Old 03-15-09, 10:13 PM
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I had the gutter helmet type on my gutters. They were the worst investment ever. If the Gutter Shutter design is anything similar I would not get them again. They work fine if it is a real light rain. Anything harder then that the water flows right over them and leaves a trench alongside the house.
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spend the $1500. and have them cleaned 2 times a year, if they still get ice put a heating wire in them.

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