Steel Gutters vs Aluminum Gutters
If you choose to replace your old gutters with aluminum gutters, you are best advised to check the suitability of them when compared to the other choices available. Your home is an investment as well as a dwelling place so be sure that the kind of guttering you choose is perfect for the job. Something hard-wearing and durable is essential.
Aluminum guttering is highly cost-effective. It does not rust, deteriorate or discolor and it is very durable. It is very easy to install and will last approximately 30 years. Compared with steel guttering, aluminum is far superior. Steel guttering is far less cost-effective and is liable to rust after about 5 years.
Aluminum guttering comes in different colors so that you can co-ordinate your guttering to match the rest of your home exterior colors. Aluminum can also be painted with much better results than steel guttering. Steel guttering does not have a huge color range and even though it can be painted, it will still weather much faster than aluminum. Also, rust will come through the paint much sooner on steel gutters which makes maintenance much more regular in comparison to aluminum gutters.
Steel gutters (even galvanized steel) should ideally be installed by professionals because they require soldering and are harder to work with. Aluminum, however, can be created with seamless joints for easy installation and can be easily undertaken by a homeowner with an basic level of DIY experience. This eliminates the need for employing a contractor and helps to save money.
Steel guttering is very heavy and it needs far more brackets and materials to support it. Aluminum, on the other hand, is very lightweight and owing to the fact that it comes with seamless joint,s it can be fitted in one long piece with fewer joints and fixings. One advantage with steel guttering compared to aluminum is that steel guttering is less likely to sustain damage in the event of a heavy storm. Aluminum is lighter and therefore more susceptible to wind damage.
Aluminum expands and contracts faster and easier than steel so it is far more likely to get leaks on the corner joints that steel guttering. During extremely hot or cold weather conditions, it is more likely to sustain damage. If this is the only issue and you live in a moderate climate, leakages won’t be too much of an issue.
Magnesium chloride is highly corrosive to aluminum but it is not common to find this compound in most moderate weather environments. Steel, however, is not as susceptible even though it will still suffer minor effects. If you live in an area where you do not experience extreme weather conditions, aluminum is still a very viable choice. Some steel gutters are equipped with an enamel coating to protect against extreme weather conditions and this lengthens the life of the steel guttering. Most aluminum products do not have an enamel coating.